Famous Artists of Portadown


(1893 - 1964) painter
Born Bridge Street, Portadown.


Elder son of a painter and decorator. Apprenticed to his father, went to the local technical school, and in 1913 attended the evening life drawing class of the Belfast School of Art. In 1917 he won a scholarship to the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin. He began to exhibit at the RHA in 1922; elected RHA 1938. He first visited An Cheathrú Rua in Conamara in 1921 and returned frequently to paint landscapes and portraits of local characters, for which he became well known. In 1935 he built a house and settled there permanently. He visited Brittany in 1926–27 and spent nearly a year painting in Aran in 1928. He first exhibited in New York in 1929 and was represented in the Irish Exhibition in Brussels in 1930. In the thirties he also showed in Los Angeles and Chicago and at the Royal Academy, London. He illustrated Cré na Cille (1949), the classic novel by Máirtín Ó Cadhain, with line drawings.



John Skelton


John was born in Portadown. He studied at Queens University, Belfast College of Art.

He graduated from St. Martin's College of Art in the early 1950's. He settled in Dublin subsequently and practiced as a commercial artist and book illustrator.

He has held numerous one man shows in Dublin Belfast and throughout Ireland and exhibits regularly in the Royal Hibernian Academy, Irish Living Art and the Watercolour Society of Ireland.

His work has been purchased by the Haverty Trust, the Joyce Society of Northwestern University, Illinois, U.S.A. and in numerous private collections in Ireland and abroad.

He has also a justified reputation as a lecturer and teacher.



Colin Turner


Photo later


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