The artist’s limited editions and oil paintings are arguably the most commercially successful landscape art in the last 10 years and are instantly recognisable as ‘his’ pieces, with a distinct sepia/ monochrome appearance.
An internet search will often bring up another famous English artist of the same name! ‘John William (J.W. Waterhouse),’ a 19th century a pre-Raphaelite styled painter & the two are unrelated by the way.
John Waterhouse creates the most intricate and visually romantic artworks of the English countryside. A love of the outdoors was instilled within him from a young age, whilst growing up in a rural Staffordshire village and he was inspired by continual walks outdoors, people watching and simply observing the scenery. Using these visions, the artist creates his wonderful Limited Edition prints & canvases, using oils to paint the originals these will be created from.
Unknown to many, John’s parents also where in the art world and used to run successful galleries, an Ideal avenue to self promote their son’s paintings and no doubt helping fuel his motivation as his career progressed.
Over the years, the demand for John to create more prints and paintings has increased and this saw him transitioning from: leaving school, working as a store keeper in a local warehouse, gradually reducing his working hours in order to continue practicing his craft & then switching careers to teach painting to young offenders in prison. However, the investment in becoming a professional artist, meant that Waterhouse slowly but surely had to give up his tutoring and focus on painting, something I am personally glad he did!
After exhibiting his work around the UK and teaching himself the discipline to dedicate many hours painting in the studio, he has produced a huge body of work and has cemented his artistic reputation. Limited Edition giclee’s, such as ‘Golden Gate,’ portray the great understanding and connection the artist has with his rural subjects, trees. I feel the notion of light & the time of day this reflects, plays a huge role within his images and I am constantly guessing if I am studying John’s depiction of the morning or evening in some, far off, idealic English village,show less... read more