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John Wells (1907-2000)

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Circles & Crescents by John Wells
Circles & Crescents. early 1970s Sold
 
Composition - Red, yellow & Blue by John Wells
Composition - Red, yellow & Blue. c. 1964
 
Crescent Forms by John Wells
Crescent Forms. early 1970s Sold
 
Rising Form by John Wells
Rising Form. c.1960 Sold
 
Soaring Forms - Red & Green by John Wells
Soaring Forms - Red & Green. c. 1959 Sold
 
Untitled by John Wells
Untitled. 1975
 
Variation IV by John Wells
Variation IV. 1960 Sold
 
Biography
Painter of landscapes and abstracts, born in London but brought up in Ditchling, Sussex. His father was a doctor and Wells qualified in medicine at University College Hospital, 1925-30. While a medical student he studied in evenings at St Martin's School of Art, 1927-8, on a visit to Cornwall meeting the artists Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood. After working in a hospital for six years, Wells had a medical practice in the Isles of Scilly, 1936-45, when he moved to Newlyn and began painting full-time in Stanhope Forbes' old studio. Wells had first showed in the Daily Express Young Artists Exhibition in 1927; he had his first one-man show at Lefevre Gallery in 1946. In that year he was co-founder of the Crypt Group in St Ives, three years later helping to found the Penwith Society. In 1950-1 he worked briefly with Barbara Hepworth, the sculptor. Won Art Critics' Prize in 1958. Wells showed at the Wills Lane Gallery , St Ives, in many group exhibitions in Britain and abroad and had several one-man showsat Waddington Galleries and Durlacher Gallery, New York. Tate Gallery St Ives held an important one in 1998. Jonathan Clark Fine Art showed Wells' works on paper on 2005. Arts Council and Tate Gallery hold his work.