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John Whormsley and Iolanthe Read at a Buckley and Mold Art Society meeting"

Elfed High School, Mill Lane, Buckley

11 September 1992



Autumn beginning of term meeting

with John Thomas Whormsley


Friday 11th's meeting of September 1992 was the first after the summer break. This was taken by Buckley artist and ex-founder member, Mr John Thomas Whormsley.


John who began painting when he was seven years of age gave the membership a full and personal evening in his technique of oil painting outdoors, and of that in the studio, which was followed by a full demonstration in watercolours of a still life study set up of dried flowers and snowy owl. He went through personally with the artist concerned each individual member's sketchbooks and other works brought.


His two hour evening was systematic and continuous from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. Among the works he brought were three finished oils on canvas: a self-portrait and two Lane End, Buckley landscapes, one being of Army Lane in winter (early morning sunlight) done over forty years ago.


John explained the simple but effective methods of composition, colour, harmony, tone, usage of pigments in relation with each other, density, permanency and glazing etc. through a series of oil studies worked at on the spot.


This present society's very first meeting was conducted by John in the early days of January 1970 when he took the members in a critique of their work.


A founder member of the very first Buckley Art Club at Hawkesbury in 1946 John Whormsley began his studies with Buckley school master William Roberts and later went on to Chester Art School and the Chester Watergate studio of Miss Anne Sutton where he worked alongside Scott Nisbett, R. A. Now in his 88th year, John was welcomed by the membership with great warmth and respect.

Author: Chesters, Joe


Year = 1992

Month = September

Day = 11

Building = School

Event = Leisure

Gender = Mixed

People = Couple

Extra = 1990s

Extra = Visual Arts

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