John Austin-Williams was born in Kew, Surrey but has lived in Dorset for most of his life - a county for which he feels a great attachment because of the beauty and variety of its landscape.

After graduating from university, he studied with Cecil Waller where he gained strict discipline in drawing and the techniques of oil painting. Later his studies took him to the Polish School of Art, London where he studied under Professor Marian Bohusz-Szyszko, and from where he was awarded a distinction.

In 1992 he was granted recognition by the Revenue Commissioners, Dublin as having “produced original and creative work - generally recognised as having cultural or artistic merit”. More recently he was listed as one of Dorset’s nationally and internationally recognised artists, being invited to take part in Dorset Art Weeks’ flagship exhibition “Trig Point”

Artist Statement

“Although much of my work is influenced by landscapes - each work is primarily about itself. The effect of different materials upon the surface means that each piece, if it is to be successful, must take on it’s own identity.”

“Music is of great importance to me and the act of composition in terms of form, line, texture and colour is essential to my artistic practice and development.”


Solo Shows
1983 - POSK Gallery, Hammersmith, London
1993 - Alpha House Gallery - Sherborne, Dorset
1995 - Dillington House, Illminster, Somerset
1998 - Dillington House, Illminster, Somerset
1999 - Hanging Space Gallery, Islington, London
1999 - Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire
2000 - Dillington House, Illminster, Somerset
2001 - Hanging Space Gallery, Islington, London
2003 - Alpha House Gallery - Sherborne, Dorset
2003 - Unisys, Atrium Gallery, Bournemouth Dorset
2006 - Alpha House Gallery - Sherborne, Dorset
2007 - Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire
2008 - Alpha House Gallery - Sherborne, Dorset
2009 - Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire
2009 - Alpha House Gallery - Sherborne, Dorset
2010 - Russell - Cotes Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth
2010 - Renscombe, Worth Matravers, Swanage, Dorset
2011 - Peacock Gallery, Poole, Dorset
2012 - Red House Gallery, Christchurch, Dorset
2012 - Lighthouse Gallery, Poole, Dorset
2013 - "Expressions" - Brick Lane Gallery, London.
2013 - Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire
2015 - Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, Dorset.
2015 - Dorset Visual Arts, Bridport, Dorset.
2015 - Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Castle, Swanage, Dorset.
2015 - Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire.
2016 - Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire.
2017 - Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire.

Mixed Shows
1992 - Russell-Cotes Gallery, Bournemouth, Dorset
1994 - Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, Dorset
2000 - Hanging Space Gallery, Islington, London - “Three Painters”
2000 - Alpha House Gallery - Sherborne, Dorset - “Six of Dorset’s Best”
2000 - Anderson Galleries, Burford, Oxon and Broadway, Worcs
2002 - Anderson Galleries, Burford, Oxon and Broadway, Worcs
2002 - Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire “Between the Tides”
2007 - Alpha House Gallery - Sherborne, Dorset - “Taking a Line for a Walk”
2008 - Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire - “Seascope”
2010 - Russell-Cotes Gallery, Bournemouth, Dorset
2017 - Bettles Gallery, Ringwood, Hampshire
2018 - Durlston Country Park, Swanage, 1st - 22nd July

His work is to be found in both public and private collections in the UK and abroad and he has shown widely in solo and group exhibitions both in London and beyond.

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