John Crush, 5 studio

Job :  Decor painter

When he was very young, John Crush developed the taste and talent for drawing and painting, in particular cartoons. Therefore it was logical for him to study Art and Design at North Devon College. After obtaining his Datec Diploma in Art and Design in 1982, he worked for several years as an illustrator for an Advertising Agency. With this experience and the encouragement of a friend who was a well known wildlife artist, he painted portraits at local markets as well at an art gallery by the sea from the late 1990’s. At the same time he started to paint seascapes with pastels, and murals. Parallel to these activities he returned to college to study for a degree in Fine Art which he successfully obtained in 2011 at Somerset College of Art and Technology.John has been active here since January 2019. Here at the Village Des Metiers D’art, open to visitors, he also wishes to convey his know-how by giving private and group drawing and painting lessons, to adults and children.

He creates wall murals, trompe l'oeil or large decorations on walls for private or professional clients (town halls, local authorities, shops, restaurants, bars ...). John is also a portraitist. As an artist specializing in the art of portraiture, he offers his services to individuals who wish to immortalize their likeness artistically or those of their loved ones. Passionate about nature and the vast expanses of the Devon and Côté d’Opale coasts, he paints marine landscapes according to his inspiration. He also likes to experiment with new techniques, including pyrography on natural wood (to discover in the VMAD shop) or sculpture.


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