John Killens

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With a Father and an Aunt who were both amateur artists, he grew up with paint and brushes as part of his  life. Attending Southend School of Arts and Crafts,  he worked in as an illustrator in his early years. The work giving a great foundation in drawing, but there was little opportunity to paint, and for 30 years he followed a different career path painting at weekends and during holidays. Following a lifelong ambition he became a full time artist in 2000.

Successfully selling the first time he exhibited, his first major exhibition a, joint one was in August 2004. This proved very successful and gave the confidence to successfully enter work in the RSMA and RWS open exhibitions in London.

In 2008 he elected to the prestigious Wapping Group of artists, one of the oldest established groups of working artists in the country.

His work has been hung in the RSMA and ROI open exhibitions at the Mall Gallery and the RWS open exhibitions at Bankside.

At the 2009 RSMA exhibition he was awarded the Watercolour prize and in 2012 an award for Pastel at Patchings. 

He has exhibited in London Lives at the Bankside Gallery and in 2011 was joint winner of the Artist magazine Christmas  prize.

He was elected to the Chelsea Art Society in 2014

Being brought up near the sea, with the Essex countryside around, marine and landscape are among his favourite subjects, together with urban scenes and Interiors. He finds as much colour and vitality in a working factory as an unspoiled landscape, and is currently completing a series of 20 paintings and sketches showing from start to finish,  the construction of a major local Community Hall.

The photograph on the left is of a watercolour of Cutty Sark undergoing conservation which was enlarged four times to make a display hording for the project.

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