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John Hampton at Wolverhampton Art Gallery

An exhibition of vibrant works by Wolverhampton artist John Hampton (1934-2012) is now showing at Wolverhampton Art Gallery till the 13th of July.

Untitled by John Hampton. Copyright Artist's Estate.

Untitled, John Hampton

Educated and trained in Bilston, Wolverhampton and Birmingham, John was a dynamic character and had an inquisitive approach to his artwork. His career spanned over five decades, during which he became Head of Art at Bilston Community College. A studio holder at Eagle Works, he was an active member of the group.

Untitled, John Hampton

This show focuses on his later works that were inspired by his garden, resulting in this colourful display of expressive and painterly compositions.

This exhibition features 26 of John Hampton’s oils on canvas and mixed media works. Many of the paintings on display demonstrate his ability to use the canvas to explore light, colour and texture and use them as a metaphor to express his ideas, emotions and experiences.

The show has been co-curated by members of the Eagle Works artist group based on Great Brickkiln Street in Wolverhampton, where John Hampton was a studio holder and central figure. Joining the studios in the late 1980s, he remained actively involved with the group until shortly before his death in February 2012. Hampton acted as the Studio’s Treasurer for a number of years.

Curator Marguerite Nugent said: “We’re really pleased to be able to put John Hampton’s work on public display. He was such an active and well-known figure within the city’s artistic community, this seems a fitting tribute to his many years of dedication, both as a committed artist himself but also providing inspiration for fellow artists across Wolverhampton.”

This is a rare chance to see a beautiful collection of works by a local artist, in a local setting. John’s work is vibrant and enticing, capturing nature at it’s peak-  a perfect Summer show!

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