About Us

Welcome to my website!

I am John Dempsey and my lifelong passion has always been the making of art.

As an artist I find inspiration in the images, shapes, sizes, colours, textures and patterns I perceive daily all around me- in towns and cities and the countryside -whether people are working or relaxing, in familiar areas or often little known but interesting byways. I try to capture the atmosphere and emotion of the images which interest me. My paintings all originate from sketches done on location. I paint in oils, acrylics, watercolour, pen and wash and mixed media.

I studied Graphic Design at Salford Art School in the early 1960s and worked for a brief period as a Graphic Designer in several commercial art studios in Manchester but eventually became frustrated with the creative restrictions of commercial art and made a complete break and successfully changed to a different career, whilst continuing to sketch frequently in my spare time. In later years I began to paint and draw more frequently. I have just completed a year as one of the Artists in Residence at Mid Cheshire College, Northwich. I am now studying in my final year of a BA Honours (Fine Art) degree course at the University of Bolton.

In addition I am an active member of both Manchester and Altrincham Urban Sketchers. I will shortly be keeping a blog of my art and sketching activities as well as producing more original artwork and prints which can be viewed and purchased through my online gallery on this website.