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John Sutcliffe

John Sutcliffe 

John is a prolific multi-media artist, photographer and illustrator, living in Apperknowle.  He has long been associated with Dronfield Hall Barn, producing fine art exhibitions,  light shows and lantern parades for the Dronfield Arts Festival. In an earlier life he taught art in Chesterfield and gained a Masters in Fine Art Practice and Education in 2014. He has won awards at the Sheffield Art in the Gardens festival for Best Portrait and Figurative painting (2023)  and Best Landscape painting (2018).  His Paintings and prints have been sold in galleries around Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. 

I’m interested in bringing physical materials and imagination together to build a kind of poetic connection between the tangible world and the transcendent, working in abstract landscape and portraiture in oils, book illustration and printmaking. 

I create textured and glossy surfaces (often making my own paint) with colourful pigments, oils, turpentine, waxes, wood ash, marble dust and gold leaf. My process begins by searching for meaning in the world, through a feeling for a place, poetry, story or myth. After preparatory drawings, I will go to the canvas and experiment with colours and tones until an atmosphere develops, building multiple layers in the painting. I enjoy figurative portrait painting, often including gold leaf in the works.

I taught Art and Design and hold an MA in Fine Art Practice and Education from Birmingham School of Art.

I have previously exhibited at; The Treeline Gallery, Bakewell; The Cupola Gallery Sheffield; the New Art Gallery, Walsall; Dronfield Hall Barn; Sheffield Art in The Gardens; The Birmingham Institute and Tate Liverpool. I also create animated light installations recently working with Dronfield Hall Barn, Inkbrew Productions and Ignite Imaginations. 

My artwork is available online please email for quotes on commissions or if you are interested in a particular piece.

I take commissions, teach 1 to 1 art workshops and am a wedding photographer.

Please view my work and contact me at


Creative Genre

  • Fine art - oil painting , Printimaking

Work Undertaken

  • Commissions Digital Illustration Wedding Photography Gallery Shows

Work in Education

  • Art Workshops in schools and Community - online art workshops - You Tube "Hello Art John Sutcliffe"



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