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John Walsom

John Walsom - Architectural and Streetscapes Illustrator. UK

Traditionally painted architectural illustrations are a speciality of John Walsom, who uses his background in architecture and watercolour skills to produce works that are beautiful, accurate, and that evoke the exact mood his clients are after.
Inspired by painters like JMW Turner, Lucien Freud, Frederick Cuming and Ken Howard, John combines structural understanding with a deft use of light, colour and texture to evoke the atmosphere, resulting in a client list that goes well beyond architectural practices and developers to include leading publishers and global brands. He has a BA in Architecture from the University of Sheffield and has practiced as an architect, architectural photographer and illustrator, as well as a scenic artist at the Crucible Theatre.

Approach

John’s more accurate illustrations are done in watercolour, while he uses acrylics or oils for more expressive pieces. He sets up perspective views on a drawing board in the traditional way and uses a range of stencils for ellipses and curves, working with pencils, brushes and paint.

Styles

Varying his style and media, John can lean towards greater realism or expressiveness according to the brief. He spends more time on the drawing than the painting, which is fairly loose and adventurous, with a rich colour palette. He likes painting oils en plein air – working fast with the changing light.

Client list

John has been commissioned by clients including The University of Cambridge, Oxford University Press, Harrods, Royal Bank of Scotland, Historic Royal Palaces, Rolex, Andrew Winch Designs, Corbin & King, The Guardian and The Sunday Telegraph.
Solo Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
An exhibition of renowned oil and watercolour artist John Walsom's work is taking place next week...
Solo Exhibition
John Walsom's paintings to appear at the ROI Exhibition
John Walsom's paintings to appear at the ROI Exhibition
John Walsom is proud to have four of his oil paintings selected to appear at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition at the Mall Galleries.
John Walsom's paintings to appear at the ROI Exhibition
Walsom's Success
Walsom's Success
John Walsom's fine works of art continue to create interest at London exhibitions.
Walsom's Success
The River Thames
The River Thames
Sail away down the Thames with John Walsom's latest paintings.
The River Thames
The Chapel Royal
The Chapel Royal
John Walsom's watercolour painting of the famous Chapel Royal within Hampton Court is to be accepted into the Royal Collection.
The Chapel Royal
Showing at The Royal Institute of Painters
Showing at The Royal Institute of Painters
John Walsom is proud to have two paintings accepted for the prestigious Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) Annual Exhibition.
Showing at The Royal Institute of Painters
Bend It Like Beckham
Bend It Like Beckham
To mark the opening of the new show 'Bend It Like Beckham The Musical', John Walsom completes a set of three paintings of the Phoenix Theatre in London.
Bend It Like Beckham
Walsom at Chelsea Arts
Walsom at Chelsea Arts
Three of John Walsom's lively paintings have been selected to show in this week's Chelsea Arts Society exhibition.
Walsom at Chelsea Arts
Beautiful
Beautiful
Beautiful
Plein Air around the Thames
Plein Air around the Thames
Plein Air around the Thames
En Plein Air
En Plein Air
En Plein Air
Harrods Heritage
Harrods Heritage
Harrods Heritage
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