For John, drawing was probably as much a way of thinking as it was for him to communicate in words (and he was quite a talker!) He constantly drew pictures of people and things that caught his imagination or intrigued him, from boyhood in Hull, through wartime experiences in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), to being a teacher at Cambridge Art School and a family man and home builder in Linton, or later in life when he and his wife Jean were travelling abroad. Whenever he was explaining or discussing something with anyone he was likely to reach for the nearest thing to draw on and implement to draw with.
John took this process of thinking into all his drawing, whether he was analysing the form of an oak tree, a horse’s head, a tractor wheel, a person’s knee joint, or whatever else was for that moment the focus of his thought. His ability to analyse things visually can be seen in all the examples of his drawing shown here; as can his equally strong ability to synthesise visually, in his designs and compositions.
This part of the website is broken down into six sub-sections of John’s drawings.