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John has a special interest in portraiture, the human figure and landscape. Drawing from life has always been the foundation.
John Raynes A.R.C.A., R.I. was born in Australia 1929 but has been resident in England since the thirties.
John has pursued a successful national and international illustration practice. He has been commissioned to draw and paint by a huge number and variety of clients including Pentagram Design, Readers Digest, David Pocknell Design, Marks & Spencer, The Guardian, Sir Clive Sinclair, Penguin Books, Norman Foster Associates, Gourmet Magazine (N.Y.).
John has had a 30 year involvement with teaching art, firstly at Twickenham School of Art, then Somerset College of Art and lastly Redruth School of Art (later Cornwall College and Falmouth College of Art & Design). John served on S.I.A.D. panel as assessor of Twickenham School of Art, South Devon Technical College Art Department, Gloucester Technical College Art Department, Somerset College of Art.
To date, John has undertaken more private portrait commissions and continues to exhibit in London, France and Cornwall.