John Skinner – Teignmouth Artist and Watercolour Tutor
Born in London in 1959, John Skinner started painting in earnest in his twenties, whilst living in Newcastle. With no formal training, save a miserable Art ‘O’ level failure, John developed a distinct technique and an unorthodox approach to watercolours. manifesting itself in the jewelled quality that we see in his work today.
During his twenties, John also fronted the minor cult pop outfit ‘The Shed’. Indeed with regular air play and a feature on Radio One, he could well have chosen a future in music; however, when Ann Thwaite the acclaimed children’s author spotted his paintings, she wanted John to illustrate her latest book ‘Amy and the Night-time Visit’. John accepted and that was the end of pop stardom. The book was well received and John was shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
John then spent some time painting in Spain and Portugal. Whilst there he was commissioned to paint a collection of pictures for a massive multi-corporate, RJZ. The center piece can be seen in the entrance hall of their headquarters in Lisbon.
Moving back to the Sunny seaside town of Teignmouth
On returning to England, John Skinner took on an array of jobs. Working extensively in film and television including Spitting Image and Walt Disney. The chances are you will have seen his work on your television screens. In 1991 John Skinner took a sabbatical working first as a florist and then as a postman. Whilst all the time keeping his hand in taking on various art work through his agent. Throughout the whole of this period John was also in constant demand for his exquisite sign writing. One of this most striking being on the shop front of fashion icon ‘Artwork’ in London’s West End. He also completed a series of large murals for Italian coffeehouse chain ‘Chiapinis’. These can be seen in various towns across the south of England
It was the summer of 1995, when John Skinner took a short holiday in Devon, that he was enchanted by the beauty of the region and decided to stay. John has now settled in Teignmouth with his partner Stephanie and her three sons. They also have a daughter of their own. John Skinner can often be seen roaming the estuary, moorland and coastal paths of the area where his love for running comes in useful.
His paintings are now a result of what John loves doing the most: ‘painting for people’ he calls it ‘and after all that’s what it’s all about isn’t it?’
John Skinner has recently started working with Voyage Fair Trade and Voyage Arts. Where he sells some of his work in our gallery and now has started his first arts workshop where you will learn how to paint the perfect landscape in watercolour. Visit our Voyage Fair Trade site to see more information and book your place.
Click here to see his official website.