Ewart Johns

Modern British Pictures is delighted to be able to offer a large group of work by Ewart Johns, created across five decades. The items on the website represent a small selection of our stock and enquiries are welcome for examples not listed. We are indebted the Johns family for their cooperation in bringing these wonderful paintings to public attention.

Ewart Johns was born in Barry, South Wales in 1923. A major formative influence was the teaching of Ceri Richards at Cardiff College of Art.

He exhibited widely throughout Britain, had four London shows, is represented in the Arts Council’s (Welsh) collection and has had a number of public mural commissions. His paintings are in the collection of the University of Exeter and a large number of his drawings were gifted to his Alma Mater, St John’s College, Cambridge.

He combined a university career with work as a freelance artist. His academic research, chiefly at Exeter, was in Urban Design, and led to a number of publications including a book ‘British Townscapes’, published by Edward Arnold in 1965. The combination of his interest in the practice of art with the study of design led to his appointment as the first head of the Department of Visual Arts at Lancaster University.

After retiring from the University, Ewart Johns worked as a full time artist in Devon. Having lost his sight late in life he explored other ways of expressing visual concepts, including making sculptures in wood.

He died in 2013.

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