John Minton (1917 − 1957)

John Minton was born in Great Shelford, near Cambridge. He studied at St John's Wood School of Art, before travelling to Paris. At the outbreak of war he registered as a conscientious objector, but later enlisted in the Pioneer Corps. Discharged from the Army in 1943 on the grounds of ill health, Minton resumed painting and took up a teaching post at Camberwell School of Art and Crafts in London. He later taught at Central School of Arts and Crafts and at the Royal College in London. He had his first solo exhibition at Roland, Browse and Dalliance in1945 and later moved to the Lefevre Gallery where he exhibited regularly until his death.

Minton enjoyed an early success as a painter in the 1940s. He was a prolific draughtsman and illustrator; his style had strong graphic and lyrical qualities well-suited to illustration; in addition he designed posters and wallpapers, and made brief forays into the world of theatre design. The move towards abstraction appalled Minton who found it facile and self indulgent and led to doubts about his own works. He remarked to a friend "I've decided I'm not a painter". Minton committed suicide in January 1957; no longer able to cope with the bouts of despair and unhappiness caused by his alcoholism.

Further reading
Frances Spalding, Dance till the Stars Come Down: A Biography of John Minton, Hodder & Stoughton, London 1991
John Minton: 1917 - 1957 A Selective Retrospective, Oriel 31, Newtown, Powys, 1994 (essays by Frances Spalding and Rigby Graham)

Glossary (3)

  • Abstraction

    To abstract means to remove, and in the art sense it means that artist has removed or withheld references to an object, landscape or figure to produce a simplified or schematic work. This method of creating art has led to many critical theories; some theorists considered this the purest form of art: art for art’s sake. Unconcerned as it is with materiality, abstraction is often considered as representing the spiritual.

  • Design

    The arrangement of elements or details in an artefact or a work of art.

  • Painting

    Work of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is a tightly stretched piece of canvas, paper or a wooden panel. Painting involves a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's intellectual concerns effecting the content of a work.

Work Themes (3)

Past exhibitions

ANCIENT LANDSCAPES - PASTORAL VISIONS. SAMUEL PALMER TO THE RURALISTS

  • 2008
    • UK, Falmouth, Falmouth Art Gallery
    • UK, Bath, Victoria Art Gallery
    • UK, Southampton, Southampton City Art Gallery

A PICTURE OF BRITAIN

  • 2005
    • UK, London, Tate Britain

DRAWING DISTINCTIONS

  • 2003
    • Poland, Lodz, Museum Sztuki
  • 2001
    • UK, Nottingham, Castle Museum And Art Gallery
    • UK, Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Gallery
    • Russia, Nizhny Novgorod, Museum Of Fine Arts
    • Russia, Moscow, Pushkin Museum Of Fine Arts
  • 2000
    • Russia, St Petersburg, The Hermitage
    • Canada, Yukon Art Gallery
    • Canada, Prairie Art Gallery
    • Canada, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • 1999
    • Canada, Timmins Museum And N E C
    • Canada, Arcadia University Art Gallery
  • 1998
    • Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, National Art Gallery
    • Malaysia, Penang, Penang State Museum And Art Gallery
  • 1997
    • USA, Phoenix, Arizona State University Art Museum
    • USA, Berkeley, University Art Museum

OUT OF PRINT

  • 2001
    • Germany, Hildesheim, Roemer- Und Pelizaeue Museum
  • 1999
    • Poland, Bytom, Museum Gornoslaskie
    • Poland, Lodz, Museum Sztuki
    • Poland, Warsaw, National Museum
    • USA, Mary Washington College Galleries
  • 1998
    • USA, Springfield Museum Of Art
    • USA, New Jersey, Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers State Univeristy Of New Jersey
  • 1997
    • USA, Provo, Museum Of Art Brigham Young University
  • 1996
    • Spain, La Coruna, Fondacion Barrie De La Maza
    • Spain, Seville, Museo De Bellas Artes
    • Spain, Bilbao, Museo De Bellas Artes De Bilbao
  • 1995
    • Cyprus, Nicosia, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre
    • Egypt, Cairo, British Council Office - Cairo
    • Egypt, Alexandria, British Council Office - Alexandria
    • Italy, Naples, Naples
    • Italy, Cagliari, Assozione Culturale Italia Inghliterra
  • 1994
    • Belgium, Antwerp, Luchtbal Art Centre
    • France, Gravelines, Musee Du Dessin Et D'estample Originale

JOHN PIPER AND ENGLISH NEO-ROMANTICISM

  • 1983
    • Wales, Cardiff, National Museum Of Wales
    • UK, London, Fischer Fine Art
  • 1982
    • Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, National Gallery Of Zimbabwe In Bulawayo
    • Zimbabwe, Harare, National Gallery Of Zimbabwe
    • South Africa, Grahamstown, Grahamstown
    • South Africa, Cape Town, South African National Gallery

THE BRITISH NEO-ROMANTICS 1935-1950

  • 1983
    • Wales, Cardiff, National Museum Of Wales
    • UK, London, Fischer Fine Art

BRITISH DRAWINGS AND WATERCOLOURS FROM ROWLANDSON TO RILEY

  • 1982
    • Scotland, Edinburgh, The Royal Scottish Academy
    • Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum Of Art
    • China, Shenyang, Shenyang Art Gallery
    • China, Beijing, China Art Gallery

JOHN MINTON 1917-1957

  • 1974
    • UK, Sheffield, Graves Art Gallery
    • UK, Reading, Reading Museum And Art Gallery

DECADE 40'S

  • 1973
    • Scotland, Aberdeen, Aberdeen Art Gallery And Museum
    • UK, Bradford, Bradford City Art Gallery
    • UK, Manchester, Manchester City Art Gallery
    • UK, Durham, DLI Museum & Art Centre
    • UK, Carlisle, Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery
  • 1972
    • UK, Southampton, Southampton City Art Gallery
    • UK, London, Whitechapel Art Gallery

CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS' LITHOGRAPHS

  • 1961
    • Kenya, Nairobi, Sorsbie Gallery
    • India, Mumbai, Jehangir Nicholson Gallery
  • 1960
    • Cyprus, Nicosia, British Council Office - Nicosia
    • Pakistan, Lahore, Alhamra Art Gallery
  • 1957
    • Spain, Gijon, Salon De Exposiciones Del Real Instituto Jovellanos
    • Spain, Oviedo, Galeria De Exposiciones De La Obra Social Y Sultural
    • Spain, Madrid, Ateneo De Madrid
    • Spain, Salon De Exposiciones De La Sociedad De Amigos Del Arte
    • Portugal, Lisbon, Secretariado Nacional Da Informacao
    • Portugal, Porto, Escola Superior De Belas Artes Do Porto
  • 1954
    • Ceylon, Colombo, Ceylon Art Gallery
  • 1952
    • Germany, Berlin, Kunst Templehof
  • 1950
    • Canada, Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts

JOHN MINTON 1917-1957

  • 1959
    • UK, Nottingham, Victoria Street Art Gallery
    • UK, Bristol, Bristol City Art Gallery
    • UK, Birmingham, Birmingham City Museum And Art Gallery
  • 1958
    • UK, Blackburn, Blackburn Art Gallery
    • UK, Eastbourne, Towner Art Gallery And Museum
    • UK, London, Arts Council Gallery

AGUARELAS E DESENHOS INGLSES DO SECULO VINTE

  • 1955
    • Portugal, Lisbon, Secretariado Nacional Da Informacao

BRITISH DRAWINGS AND WATERCOLOURS OF THE 20TH CENTURY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE BRITISH COUNCIL

  • 1980
    • Germany, Karl-Marx-Stadt, Stadtische Kunstammlungen
    • Germany, Weimar, Kunstammlungen
    • Germany, Leipzig, Altes Rathaus
    • Germany, Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum
  • 1978
    • Czechoslovakia, Prague, Kinsky Palace
    • Czechoslovakia, Ceske Budejovice, Ceske Budejovice
    • Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovak National Gallery
  • 1977
    • Romania, Bucharest, National Gallery
    • Germany, Berlin, Neue Berliner Galerie
  • 1976
    • Hungary, Budapest, National Gallery
    • Bulgaria, Sofia, National Gallery
  • 1975
    • France, Bourges, Maison De La Culture
  • 1974
    • Korea, Seoul, National Museum Of Contemporary Art
  • 1973
    • Japan, Tokyo, Tokyo
    • Japan, Sendai, Sendai
    • Japan, Yokohama, Yokohama
    • Japan, Nagano, Nagano
  • 1969
    • Chile, Chile
  • 1968
    • Argentina, Buenos Aires, British Council Office - Buenos Aires
  • 1966
    • Algeria, Algiers, British Council Office - Algiers
  • 1965
    • Hong Kong, Hong Kong City Hall Art Gallery
  • 1964
    • Lebanon, Sursock Museum
  • 1963
    • Gibraltar, Calpe Institute
    • Malta, Valletta, Malta Society Of Arts
  • 1962
    • Greece, Athens, Centre Of Letters And Fine Arts Of The Ministry Of Education
  • 1961
    • Finland, Finland
  • 1960
    • Austria, Vienna, British Council Office - Vienna
  • 1958
    • Belgium, Belgium
  • 1955
    • Canada, Canada
    • Portugal, Coimbra, Museu Da Nacional Machado De Castro
    • Portugal, Porto, Museu Nacional Soares Dos Reis
    • Portugal, Lisbon, Lisbon
  • 1954
    • Israel, Haifa, Museum Of Modern Art
    • Israel, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv Museum
  • 1953
    • New Zealand, Palmerston, The Science Centre And Manawatu Museum
    • New Zealand, Wanganni
    • New Zealand, Nelson, Suter Art Gallery
    • New Zealand, Auckland, Aukland City Art Gallery
    • New Zealand, Wellington, Wellington City Art Gallery
    • New Zealand, Napier, Napier
    • New Zealand, Christchurch, Robert Mcdougall Art Gallery
    • New Zealand, Dunedin, Dunedin Public Art Gallery
  • 1952
    • Spain, Madrid, British Institute
    • Spain, Barcelona, British Institute
    • Germany, Heidelberg, Kurpfalzisches Museum
    • Germany, Mannheim, Kunsthalle
    • Germany, Konstanz, Europahaus
  • 1951
    • Germany, Dortmund, Museum Am Ostwall
    • Germany, Kunsthalle
    • Germany, Munich, Amerika Haus
    • Germany, Wiesbaden, Landesmuseum
    • Germany, Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie

CONTEMPORARY BRITISH DRAWINGS

  • 1949
    • Canada, Edmonton Art Gallery
    • Canada, Victoria, Victoria
  • 1948
    • Canada, Art Gallery Of Ontario
    • Canada, National Gallery Of Canada

INTERNATIONAL WATERCOLOUR EXHIBITION 14TH BIENNIAL

  • 1947
    • USA, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum

CONTEMPORARY BRITISH PRINTS AND DRAWINGS FROM THE WAKEFIELD COLLECTION

  • 1950
    • Fiji, Suva, Fiji Arts Club
  • 1949
    • New Zealand, Hamilton, Waikato Museum Of Art & History
    • New Zealand, Rotorua, Society Of Arts
  • 1948
    • New Zealand, Auckland, Aukland City Art Gallery
    • New Zealand, Wellington, National Art Gallery
    • New Zealand, Napier, Napier
    • New Zealand, Wanganni
    • Australia, Brisbane, Queensland Art Gallery
    • Australia, Art Gallery Of New South Wales
  • 1947
    • Australia, Hobart, Hobart
    • Australia, Melbourne, Melbourne Royal Exhibition Building
    • Australia, Adelaide, Art Gallery Of South Australia
    • Australia, Perth, Art Gallery Of Western Australia
    • UK, London, Victoria And Albert Museum
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