About the Artist
John Walsom is a Surrey artist who's renowned for his paintings of landscapes and architectural subjects. He has illustrated the buildings of some of the best known companies and people in the world.
John began in the 1970s by selling his paintings of local scenes from the railings of the Bayswater Road in London. Most of these early works are now scattered around the world, from the Americas to Japan. In the 1980s he worked at a much larger scale as a scenic artist, painting huge canvases and backdrops for live theatre. He has also been a theatre design consultant, a registered architect and a photographer.
Since 1990 John has specialised in painting architectural and landscape subjects, in oils, watercolour and acrylics. His success has been built on a sense of enjoyment and light in all his pictures, and a thorough understanding of his subjects and his technique. The demand for his work today means that most of his time is filled with commissions for paintings and illustrations. John has produced pictures for banks and property developers, magazines, advertising agencies, architects and designers. His clients include: Hampton Court Palace, Harrods, The Royal Bank of Scotland, The University of Cambridge, Historic Royal Palaces, Rolex Watch Co., Holmes Place, The National Liberal Club, Eton College, The Oxford Preservation Trust, Random House, The Wine Society, Land Securities, J Walter Thompson, McCann Erickson, Guardian Weekend Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, Building Design Partnership, Opera North, The Oxford University Press, and private collectors.
He is an Associate of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and has also exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Show, and with the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the Royal Society of British Artists, Chelsea Art Society, and the Wapping Group of Artists, of which he is a member. He was commissioned to produce the painting for the 2009 "Oxford Almanack" - an annual publication of the Oxford University Press. Previously commissioned artists include JMW Turner, John Piper, David Gentleman and Sir Hugh Casson. Click here to see the painting.
John lives in Thames Ditton, Surrey and works from his studio in Kingston Upon Thames. When he's not painting he plays guitar, walks his dog or gazes at the stars.