John Eaves' Story

Author: John Eaves
John Eaves' Story

John Eaves received one of the first ever Churchill Fellowships, which allowed him to study painting in New Mexico.

The Fellowship

An artist and tutor at the Bath Academy of Art, John applied for a Fellowship in order to spend time revitalising and developing his technique, as well as building on his knowledge for the benefit of his students. John was particularly interested in meeting American painters and lecturers, as the American style was enjoying a period of particular influence at the time.

John travelled to New Mexico and made his base in a studio near the capital, where he met several other notable painters. He also spent time at the School for Indian Arts and Crafts in Santa Fe, where he met a jewellery tutor who later came to teach with him in Bath. 

The Results

John had always found landscape to be a fundamental point of departure for his art, and his experience in America reinforced this. He found that he was drawn to the topography of the New Mexican landscape, with the simple forms of the rocks and lines having a marked impact. In particular, the peculiar depth and purity of the region’s shadows had a lasting and powerful effect on his style, still distinguishable in his work today.

After his Fellowship, John worked as course director at the Bath Academy for a further 19 years. He has held numerous solo and group exhibitions in the UK and abroad, and his work is represented in eleven public collections, including the Arts Council of Great Britain, South West Arts, and Bristol City Art Gallery. John’s latest collection of small paintings and prints was shown at the Victoria Art Gallery and the Anthony Hepworth Gallery in Bath in November 2014.