‘Dockyard & Other Places’ is a new exhibition of work by local painter John Green at Jack House Gallery in Old Portsmouth. John Green’s work inspired by the Portsmouth Dockyard is well known. His 40 years on the ground working, watching and waiting, his pocket sized dog eared sketchbook ready, quietly sketching daily life in the busy Dockyard, it’s teams of men against a backdrop of great ships formed a encyclopaedic visual resource for his subsequent paintings. These pictures are both a testament to a truly natural talent and an important record of a very recent working past.
When John finally retired from the Dockyard in the 1990s to take up the life of the artist full time he embarked on a whirlwind tour of British 20th Century art, trying out all the genres and techniques that he now felt free to experiment with. The influences of artistic heroes Stanley Spencer, Eurich, Wyllie, Alfred Wallis and Lowry can all be seen in the work that followed but all with unmistakable John Green ingredients. Draughtsmanship, expressive texture and colour, audacious composition are all hallmarks of John’s natural artistry. This solo exhibition shows an astonishing range and virtuosic talent encompassing the Dockyard and some of John’s many ‘other’ places.
‘Dockyard & Other Places’ opens with a preview on the 18th January and will run through until the 17th February. Check the Jack House Gallery website for all the details: