John Skelton (artist)

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John Skelton (1925 Co. Armagh – 2009) was an Irish artist.


He started his professional career in London, where he came under influence of Euston Road School in the late 1940s. In 1946 he married Caroline, settling four years later in Dublin. He worked initially in advertising as Art Director and illustrator of books, most of them educational. After 1975 he worked full-time as a painter. He had numerous one man shows in Dublin; two in Belfast, one in Los Angeles and one in the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut.

Up to the late 1980s, Skelton was a frequent exhibitor in group shows, particularly the annual Royal Hibernian Academy and the Watercolour Society shows in Dublin. In recent years, however, his work was in such demand that he contributed to these less often. During the 1970s and earlier 1980s he earned a reputation as a gifted teacher and lecturer in the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.[1][not in citation given]

John Skelton's grave can be found at Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold's Cross, Dublin, Ireland.


Selected Public Collections[edit]

  • ESB Bank of Ireland
  • Embassy of Korea
  • Woodchester now GE Capital
  • Joyce Society of Northwestern University, Illinois.


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