John was born in Dartford, Kent; and attended Gravesend School of Art; where he studied under: Willy Cox and Albert Palmer; transferred to  Medway Colleges of Art; studied under: Fred Cuming and Trevor Willoughby . Further advanced study was at the Royal Academy Schools in painting, drawing and printmaking; where he studied under : Peter Greenham, Edward Bawden  and Fred Dubery.  He was a three times Special Landseer scholar and also won The Richard Jack Prize for portraiture. Post Graduate Certificate in Education was gained at Goldsmiths College. In 1992 John was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art.

Throughout his career, John taught Art in Further Education, Independent and State Schools mostly as Head of Art. 

John is an english  figurative painter specialising in portraiture, still-life and landscape working in oils, acrylics and dry media.

Examples of work are represented in Warwick University, Coventry College of Education, Dame Enid Russell Smith Trust, Graves Art Collection, Tia Maria United Rum Merchants, and also many other collections, both in Great Britain and abroad; including Germany, America, Ghana and Australia.

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©Copyright 2011 – John Wells: All rights reserved. None of the images of the paintings in any form cannot be copied or transferred into any other medium without the prior written permission of the artist.

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