John Richard Townsend

John Townsend is a highly skilled painter who lives at Hoveringham, near Nottingham. He was born in 1930 and his father was an art director at ‘Thos Formans & Sons’. This family connection gave him numerous opportunities to mix with many important people in the field of painting and other art forms (such as Sir William Russell Flint, Vernon Ward, Sir Gerald Kelly and Sir James Gunn) and it played a big part in shaping his choice of career. John started his art studies at Nottingham College of Art where he was fortunate enough to study under Arthur Spooner, an artist and teacher with a considerable reputation within the art establishment. However, John continued crafting his artistic skills for a lengthy period after leaving college before he eventually made his work public.

Numerous commissions have come John’s way over the years, including a substantial number from prominent figures in public life, industry and academia, but perhaps one of the most notable commisssions was a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, which now hangs in the Nottingham Council Chambers. In recent years he has added to his main work as a painter by giving demonstrations and running successful art workshops; these are always in popular demand and, at the time of writing this piece, they continue to inspire many local artists, including myself.

DW (2013)


John Richard TOWNSEND F.R.S.A. died on 30th October 2013 at the age of 83.

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