"A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art"....Paul Cezanne


Born in Scotland in 1945, John Glover studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1963 - 1967 and at Jordanhill College of Further Education from 1967 - 1968. In 1992 he completed a BA Arts Degree with the Open University.

Between 1970 and 1980, John worked as a freelance book illustrator in London for such publishers as Evans Brothers, Hamlyns, Oxford University Press and Macmillans. From 1980 he has concentrated on his love of portraiture.

John Glover is a highly accomplished and experienced portrait painter. His subjects have included people from all walks of life, from grand official portraits of academic Masters or Chairmen of Councils, to smaller, more intimate family groups or individual studies. His work ranges from portraits in which he has captured the character and dignity of age, to others where it is the innocence of childhood that is portrayed. He works in all mediums from pencil to watercolour, pastel to oils.

Landscape Painting

John is also an estimable landscape painter and has exhibited widely. "I love working out of doors and battling with the elements. My paintings capture windswept Scottish beaches, vast East Anglian skies, the glowing colours of France and the magic of Venice"


John teaches his own private day schools on portraiture and life-drawing and painting in the Cambridge area, summer portrait schools throughout the country and demonstrates regularly to art groups and Societies. He is also available for individual tuition.


John Glover has exhibited at:
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition

The Royal Society of Marine Artists
The Royal Institute of Oil Painters
The Pastel Society
The National Portrait Gallery, London (as part of the Imperial Tobacco Portrait Award)

He has had various one-man exhibitions including:

The Arts Club, London
The Phoenix Gallery, Lavenham
The Dick Abbott Gallery, Burwell
The Daryl Nantais Gallery, Linton
The Waterloo Gallery, Stranraer
The Clachanmore Gallery, Portpatrick
The Harbour Cottage Gallery, Kirkcudbright
The Maxwelltown Gallery, Dumfries
John is also a member of and exhibits locally with:

The Cambridge Drawing Society
Bury St Edmunds Arts Society
Suffolk Art Society
Society of East Anglian Watercolourists
Clare Art Society


These include:
Professor Sir Brian Heap, Kt, CBE, ScD, FRS, Master St. Edmunds College, Cambridge 1996 - 2004
Sir Roy Watts, CBE, Chairman of Thames Water 1983 - 1993
Dr. Richard Dyer, MSc, PhD. Director The Babraham Institute, Cambridge 1994 - 2005
Ian G Templeton, MA, BA, Warden Glenalmond College, Perthshire 1992 - 2003
Reverend John Barret, Headmaster The Leys School, Cambridge 1990 - 2004
Sir Alex Jarratt, Kt, Chancellor University of Birmingham 1983 - 2002
Sir Roger Elliott, Kt, Fellow New College Oxford
Paisley of Westerlea, Chieftan of the Paisley Clan
George Clare, Winner of the 1982 WH Smith Literary Award
Andrew Campbell, OBE, Convenor of Dumfries and Galloway Council
Councillor James Gordon, BSc, MA Chairman of Essex County Council
Lord Gisborough, Lord Lieutenant of Cleveland
Dick Whittington, a portrait for the Mercers Company of London

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Bury St. Edmunds Art Society

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