Date of Birth

16th May 1969

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Illustration
A Levels: English Literature; Art

Education

September ‘87 - August ‘88
University of Westminster,
Art & Design Foundation Course

September ‘88 - August ‘91
University of Westminster, 
BA (Hons) Illustration

Interests

History of Art, Art Literature; Photography; Sport; Travel

 

 "As an art dealer it is always exciting to discover an artist of John Worthington’s obvious talent so early in his career. Very few artists working today paint in this traditional, almost photographic style, it takes an artist of John’s technical ability to carry it off successfully. Clearly his illustrators training is an advantage, yet he never allows his painting to lapse into the flat sterility of pure illustration. His figures in interiors are endowed with a sense of contemplative isolation, a feeling heightened by their minimal surroundings. Each figure tells its own story by a pose or an expression. He rarely over uses titles to explain a painting, allowing an image to speak for itself."

John Thompson, Thompson’s Galleries

 

 

Career History  

Currently I am represented by Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery in London and the Lilford Gallery in Canterbury. I have exhibited in the London Art Fair 2015 and the 20/21 British Art Fair.

From 1996 to 2007 I was represented by Thompson’s Gallery, originally in Mayfair and now situated in Marylebone, London. During that time they sold more than 300 of my paintings. As a result my paintings and drawings feature in numerous national and international private and public collections. Also my paintings have been successfully exhibited with both Sotheby’s and Christies.

In 1999 I had a successful 2 man exhibition at Thompson’s Gallery and followed up in 2004 with a successful solo show at the same gallery.

Following a visit to my studio in 2003 by US Gallery Directors, Bill Harkins and Marlana Keynes of Hammond Harkins Galleries I began exhibiting with their galleries in Columbus, Ohio and Martha’s Vineyard, USA.

In 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2014 my work was chosen to hang in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

My work has featured in several publications including 500 Portraits: The National Portrait gallery, London, The Artist, Masterclass feature in 2007 and 2014; Homes and Gardens; Living South and The Hill, over thirty exhibition catalogues and numerous book covers

 

Exhibitions

SELECTED ONE MAN EXHIBITIONS

2015 Solo Show, The Horsebridge Arts Centre, Whitstable

2006 Solo Show, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

2004 Solo Show, Thompson’s gallery, Marylebone High Street, London

1996 Raiffeisen Bank, Ergolding, Germany

1995 Weisenstein Castle, Germany

1995 Studio 11, Passau, Germany

 

SELECTED SIGNIFICANT EXHIBITIONS

2017 Invited Artist, The Portrait Gala, National Portrait Gallery, London

2016 Green and Pleasant Land, Jonathan Cooper Gallery, London

2014 Invited Artist, the Portrait Gala, National Portrait Gallery, London

2012 Departures, Sidney Cooper Gallery (Christ Church University), Canterbury

2009 Invited Artist, the Portrait Gala, National Portrait Gallery, London

2006 Invited Artist, 150th Anniversary Gala, National Portrait Gallery, London

2006 Thompson’s Gallery, Marylebone High Street, London W1 (Three person show)

2006 War Child Exhibition, London,W1

2004 “New Works from London”, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus, USA

2003 BP Portrait Awards, National Portrait Gallery, London

2002 Thompson’s Gallery, Dover Street, London W1 (Principal Artist)

2000 “Young Artist 2000” Christies, St James, London

1999 Thompson’s Gallery, Dover Street, London W1 (Two person show)

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

Panter and Hall, Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong

New year, New Art, Jonathan Cooper Gallery, London

2016

Green and Pleasant Land, Jonathan Cooper Gallery, London

New year, New Art, Jonathan Cooper Gallery, London

Panter and Hall, London

Lilford Gallery, Canterbury

The Horsebridge Arts Centre, Whitstable

2015

The London Art Fair, Jonathan Cooper Gallery

20/21 British Art Fair, London

Lilford Gallery, Canterbury

The Horsebridge Arts centre, Whitstable

The Affordable Art Fair, London

2014

Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London

Curwen Gallery, London

BCN Barcelona, Spain

The Affordable Art Fair, London

Lilford Gallery, Canterbury

Stafford Gallery, London

2013

Lilford Gallery, Canterbury

Stafford Gallery, London

The Affordable Art Fair, London

2012

Lilford Gallery, Canterbury

The Affordable Art Fair, London

2011

Hammond Harkins Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, USA

Hammond Harkins Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, USA

The Affordable Art Fair, London

2010

Curwen Gallery, London

Hammond Harkins Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, USA

Hammond Harkins Gallery, Columbus Ohio, USA

The Affordable Art Fair, London

2009

Curwen Gallery, London

Hammond Harkins Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, USA

Hammond Harkins Gallery, Columbus Ohio, USA

The Affordable Art Fair, London

2008

Hammond Harkins Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, USA

Hammond Harkins Gallery, Columbus Ohio, USA

The Affordable Art Fair, London

2007

Thompson’s Gallery, London W1

Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh.

Hammond Harkins Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, USA

Hammond Harkins Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Northcote Gallery, Chelsea, London

The Affordable Art Fair, London

2006

Manya Igel Fine Arts, London.

Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh.

The Affordable Art Fair, London

2005                                                                                                    

Thompson’s, London W1

Hammond Harkins Galleries, Martha’s Vineyard, USA.

Hammond Harkins Galleries, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Thompson’s, Aldeburgh.

The Affordable Art Fair, London

2003

Painting the Figure, Thompson’s Gallery, London W1.

Art 2003, London Contemporary Art Fair,

Business Design Centre, London.

Thompson’s, Stow on the Wold.

Thompson’s, Aldeburgh.

The Affordable Art Fair, London

2002

Thompson’s Gallery, Stow on the Wold.

City Gallery, London, EC2.

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London.

Fresh Art, Business Design Centre, Islington.

Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh.

Gallery One, Barnes, London.

The Gallery, 28 Cork Street, London, W1.

Fresh Art, Business Design Centre, London.

2001

Sothebys.com

Thompson’s Gallery, Marylebone High Street, London.

CCA Galleries, Fulham, London.

City Gallery, London, EC2.

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London.

Fresh Art 2001, Business Design Centre, Islington.

Celebration of English Artists.

Thompson’s Gallery, Dover Street, London, W1.

Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

Thompson’s Gallery, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire.

The Irish House, Eaton Square, London.

2000

Sothebys.com

Thompson’s Gallery, Dover Street, London, W1.

Thompson’s Gallery, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire.

Thompson’s gallery, Aldeburgh.

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London.

London Contemporary Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London

Chelsea Art Fair, Kings road, London.

A Celebration of English Artists.

Thompson’s Gallery, Dover Street, London, W1.

City Gallery, London EC2.

Chelsea Art Fair, Kings Road, London.

Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh.

1998

London Contemporary Art fair, Business Design Centre, London

Thompson’s Gallery, Dover Street, London, W1.

City Gallery, London, EC2.

Chelsea Art Fair, Kings Road, London.

Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh.

1997

London Contemporary Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London

Thompson’s Gallery, Dover Street, London, W1.

City Gallery, London, EC2.

Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh.

1995

Ambiente Art Fair, Frankfurt, Germany.

Raiffeisenbank, Ergolding, Germany.

Kunsthaus Haybach, Germany.

1994

Weisenstein Castle, Germany.

1992

Expo 92, Seville, Spain

 

Selected Publications

500 Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London

BP Portrait Award 2003, National Portrait Gallery, London

Acrylic Workshop, Dorling Kindersley

The Artist Magazine, Master class feature, 2006 and 2014

 

Selected Collections

Viscount and Viscountess Bridgeman, London

Raiffeisenbank, Munich, Germany