John was born in 1931 and, following studies in Graphic Design at Maidstone College of Art from 1949, worked in exhibition design and later for the theatre as a designer and scenic artist. In 1958, while based in London, John began to concentrate on painting and exhibiting. He moved to Pembrokeshire in 1965 and his lifelong love of boats and the sea - he built them, sailed them and later lived aboard one for several years, is reflected in much of his subject matter, as is his beloved Pembrokeshire landscape where he remained until his death in 2015. Indeed, John Knapp-Fisher's name has become synonymous with Pembrokeshire painting with his instantly recognisable ‘black and white’ paintings of that beautiful landscape.
Of his work John stated ‘I am seeking what I call “the edge of colour”, where the earth colours and touches of primary colour emerge from the darks and where tonal relationships, quality, texture and contrast are all important.’
John exhibited widely in Britain and abroad, including mainland Europe, Africa and North America, developing a large and loyal following, and his work is represented in many public and private collections. These include the National Museum of Wales, The National Library of Wales and The Contemporary Art Society for Wales. He was elected a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy in 1992.
Five years ago his 80th birthday celebration exhibition at Martin Tinney Gallery saw queues around the block and every one of the 50 paintings sold within minutes of the show opening. This show is our first major selling exhibition of John’s work since his death last year and offers a rare opportunity to see approximately 30 specially selected paintings from John’s lifetime, ranging in date from 1958 to 2010. All the work is for sale.
N.B. The work may be previewed on Tuesday 4th, 10am – 6pm and Wednesday 5th October, 10am – 4pm. Sales will commence at 6pm on Wed 5th. October.