John Eaves RWA
Exhibition: ‘Intimate Abstraction’ 7th March-5th April 2013
John was born in Bristol, studied at Bath Academy of Arts, Corsham, 1949-52, and taught at Bath College of Higher Education, Sydney Place, between 1958-85. In 1966 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to travel and work as a painter in New Mexico. He was awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship to research Emile Nolde and complete a thematic series of paintings in Northern Germany in 1986-7. John has worked extensively in oil on canvas as well as watercolour and collage, harnessing what he calls ‘the forces of rhythm, structure and colour’ through improvisation ‘to make images of power and poetry’. Music is an important thread in John’s life and he is an acclaimed improviser on a variety of flutes, with several recordings to his credit.
Recent exhibitions include a retrospective at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, to celebrate his 80th birthday in 2008; the Autumn exhibition at the RWA, and a solo show at the White Space gallery in Leamington Spa.