JOHN DOBBS N.E.A.C., S.W.L.A.
Born in 1961. He was awarded the New English Art Club Drawing Scholarship in 2012 and was elected as a member of the NEAC in 2015. In 2017 Dobbs exhibited with the Royal Society of British Artists, and in 2018 he was elected an associate member of the Society of Wildlife Artists, haven taken part in their annual exhibition since 2017. He was also awarded the Small Painting Prize for his entry in the 2019 Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, where he has exhibited annually between 2010-2021. He has been awarded various prizes from the NEAC.
Dobbs often works in the studio from drawings and painted studies completed on site, to capture on canvas his initial impressions and feelings of his subject. He paints all manner of subjects, form landscape to still-life and urban scenes. His paintings are bold, painterly and strong and he uses dominant brushstrokes to express the elemental formal foundations of his subject.
"When I go out to paint, my aim is to capture the essence of what I see as simply and unselfconsciously as possible. I am looking at the interactions of colour and shape, and through the accumulation of paint, the image finds itself. I keep going until my energy runs out."