JOHN HURFORD Hon SWAc SGFA
John Hurford is a North Devon Farmer who became a full time painter in 2001. He is a honorary member of the South West Academy. His work has been reproduced in many magazines and books since the 1960s and his early psychedelic work is in the collection of the V&A museum. He has been shown in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The Whitney in New York and The Tate Gallery in Liverpool.
From an early age he was fascinated by all the wildlife and flora he saw around the farm near Chulmleigh where he still lives. He collected bones, skulls, dead animals, seed pods, owl and buzzard pellets to find out what was inside. He sketched all that he saw. He left school to work on the farm continuing to draw and paint at home. He submitted work to magazines in London and was published by them eventually writing and illustrating books. He still has a great interest in his surroundings and paints the plants, the animals, insects and birds he finds on the farm.
He has had many books published since the 1970s, has had many exhibitions locally and in New Zealand, France and London. He still designs posters and record covers but mostly is concerned with painting - usually in acrylic on canvas, paper or wood panel.
In June and July 2019 he went to Peninsular Malaysia with Dr Ivan Tacey from the University of Exeter to live with the Batek (an indigenous tribe) and is now producing work resulting from this experience.
Since lockdown 2020 he has just been working at home producing many paintings but not able to travel back to Malaysia to continue his work with the Batek.
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