ASPECTS of the Landscape and Other Bits is the exhibition from John Amos at the Hop Gallery, Star Brewery, Castle Ditch Lane (off Fisher Street), Lewes from Saturday, July 7-Sunday, July 15 (Monday-Saturday 10.30am-5pm; Sunday 12noon-5pm).
John, a member of the Association of Sussex Artists, The Society of Sussex Painters and the Attic Club of Ditchling, was born in Margate Kent in 1938, but now lives and works in Newhaven.
“I left school at 15 and went to work, as one did , in a variety of jobs until call up for national service. During my time in the Royal Signals in Germany I developed an interest in calligraphy which morphed into drawing and painting with the gift of a set of oil paints.
“Marriage, children and work came next until, at the age of 35, I achieved an A level in art at Crawley College. At 37 I gave up my job (company pension, car etc) and was offered a place on the foundation course at Brighton College of Art.
“Upon completion I went to Croydon College to undertake a three-year full-time diploma in fine art course. On leaving I went back to work, but also began teaching art to adults at evening classes. Eventually I ran my own business on a full-time basis.
“My work is based mainly on local landscape, and that of France when on holiday. I am also inspired by the textures of old buildings, doors, stone work etc. I have a revolving enthusiasm for different media and switched from oils to acrylics to pastel with lots of drawing in pencil.”
“I work a lot from photographs, but these I take myself and use the cameral as a sketching tool. I also draw a lot en plein air, weather permitting. I am now semi-retired, teaching just one day a week for Sussex Downs College.”
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