John Connolly - 47

Location: Bolsover, / Genre: Contemporary Landscape, Seascape Paintings

Artist Statement

I have a keen interest in landscape painting, vast sweeping horizons of the Derbyshire Peaks, the rugged terrain and ever changing light over North Yorkshire Moors and the shorelines of Cornwall and the 'Scillies' provide me with a variety of inspiartion.

Working mainly with acrylics, and mix media using anything and everything to achieve the desired effect.  I use a variety of found materials, making marks and interesting textures with anything at hand. I flick or throw the paint onto the canvas to create runs and dribbles that suggest waves or interesting cloud formations. In some  paintings, I include collaged materials. Beach sand may be used to create an interesting texture in a landscape or to represent itself within a seascape. Twigs, leaves and ferns have also been known to appear in my landscape paintings.

In much of my work, I am drawn towards the sea and bleakest parts of Cornwall and Peak District, making the point of interest the horizon where the contrasts of colour, texture and the ever changing light over water enable me to create work with drama and emotion. Most recently I have started an ongoing project called 'Woodland Light', producing a body of work on The New Forest and Sherwood Forest. 

I rarely include people in my paintings as I hope the observer can experience a feeling of remoteness and sense of place. Where figures do appear, this is usually to provide focus and scale to my work.


John's work has been purchased by collectors in the UK, France, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Austria, America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East


Workshops and Demonstrations.

John is a full time professional artist, exhibiting in over 10 galleries around the UK. He has over 30 years teaching experience working with children and adults. Throughout his teaching career, John had a 100% pass rate at A Level with 3 students attaining 100% 'A' grade mark.


Workshops are suitable for both beginners and experienced artists wishing to explore new ideas and techniques. Students will be encouraged to loosen up and use a variety of materials and techniques working in a very impressionistic style. 

I specialise in acrylic and mixed media work using any water based materials on paper, board and canvas 

My workshops cost are priced per student from £45 per day rising to £120  for personalised  1 to 1 tuition.

1 to 1           £120 per day at Ormscliffe Studio in Bolsover

1 to 2          £100 per day. at Ormscliffe Studio in Bolsover

1 to 3 - 4     £80 per day. at Ormscliffe Studio in Bolsover.


If you wish John to use your venue which reduces travelling for all your students and minimises carbon footprint, workshops cost £45 per student per day, with a minimum of 8 and maximum of 15 students. 

1 to 8 - 15.        £45 per day. at your venue. 

John also runs workshops at St Johns Street Gallery, Ashbourne. 1. 2 and 3 Day workshops  The cost of these courses will be £80 per day  including 2 course lunch.






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