John Cahill

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Morning Frost in the ValleySnow in the Cych ValleyTall Trees and Black Thorn BlossomValley View From Under and Autumn OakSilhouetted TreesWind Blowing InWinter CottagesOutwalking in the Valley after Pweter BreugelBlackthorn BlossomNorth Bay TenbyUntitledpembshills2"Fragile Rainbow"" Saplings"Farm BuildingsSun Dappled SpringSun Light in the Valley
Morning Frost in the Valley

Morning Frost in the Valley

Snow in the Cych Valley

Snow in the Cych Valley

Tall Trees and Black Thorn Blossom

Tall Trees and Black Thorn Blossom

Valley View From Under and Autumn Oak

Valley View From Under and Autumn Oak

Silhouetted Trees

Silhouetted Trees

Wind Blowing In

Wind Blowing In

Winter Cottages

Winter Cottages

Outwalking in the Valley after Pweter Breugel

Outwalking in the Valley after Peter Breugel

Blackthorn Blossom

Blackthorn Blossom

North Bay Tenby

North Bay Tenby


Hillside View Through the Woods


Pembrokeshire Hills

Pembrokeshire Hills , oil on canvas 63 cm x 71 cm unframed 74.5cm x 82.5 cm framed

"Fragile Rainbow"

"Fragile Rainbow"

"Fragile Rainbow" image size 55 cm x 75cm outside frame 88 cm x 107 cm

" Saplings"

" Saplings"

" Saplings" image size 55 cm x 75 cm outside measurement 83 cm x 100 cm

Farm Buildings

Farm Buildings in April Sunshine

Sun Dappled Spring

Sun Dappled Spring

Sun Light in the Valley

Sun Light in the Valley

John Cahill
The inspiration for my work comes from the world around me and subjects can
often be found when walking out and about in the rural landscape of the Cych
Valley,North Pembrokeshire where I live. Although I'm using nature and the
world around me as my subject I don't feel the need to stick to reality and
therefore in the studio it's the world within the picture that counts. The
paintings originate from a location that's fired my imagination and the
subject may linger in my thoughts for many months before I put brush to

I regularly use drawings or photos for reference as a starting point,
beginning with very diluted paint and a large sable brush where the main
composition is mapped in allowing for any changes to be easily made. I work
throughout using smaller brushes as I progress so that texture, tone and
colour are achieved . Decisions constantly being made effect everything in
the picture and a lot of pondering goes on in the studio. I often have
several on the go at once which works for me as I can leave one for a few
days and return with a fresh eye. It's a slow process but my aim is to
create the best possible picture.



1954 Golborne,  Lancs


1971-73        Wigan Technical College (foundation studies)

1973-76       Portsmouth Polytechnic,B.A.(Hons)Fine Art

1977-80        Royal College of Art M.A.Painting


1979              G.L.C.Prize in "Spirit of London"painting competition.

1980             Jeffrey Archer prize for best painting by artist under 30

G.L.C."spirit of  London"painting competition.

1980             Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation sponsorship.

1981              G.L.C."Spirit of London"highly commended.

1982             Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Sponsorship

(1st time awarded to same artist twice)

1985             Artist in Residence at Ferndale Comprehensive School,


1987              First prize at Royal Bath and West Show Art  competition

1991              Second prize Wales Open art competition



1978             Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Lancs

1986            Wyeside Arts Centre. Buith Wells, Powys

1995             St. Davids Hall. Cardiff


1979             Cleveland (U.K.)International Drawing Bienale.

1982             Royal Academy Summer Show

1983 Brewhouse Theatre Open Exhibition. Taunton

1983           "Urban Images" Drumcroon Arts Centre. Wigan.

1985             Royal Academy Summer Show

1985             Newport City Museum and Art Gallery

1986             Barbican Arts Centre. London

99-2000     Wales Drawing Bienale.(touring exhibition)

2003            Rona Gallery. Mayfair. London

2011              Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition. Mall Galleries

London & national touring exhibition.

2012             Lynn Painter-Stainers  Exhibition. Mall Galleries, London

W H  Patterson Gallery, London

2014             Lynn Painter-Stainers  Exhibition. Mall Galleries, London

2014             Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition.Mall Galleries & national touring

exhibition ( 2 paintings accepted)

2014‚ÄčWaterfront Gallery, Milford Haven

2015              Lynn Painter-Stainers  Exhibition. Mall Galleries, London

(2 paintings accepted)

Through many years as a full time artist John has developed his unique distinctive style. Water based paint such as gouache and acrylic on a heavy 100% cotton paper allow a combination of wet and dry techniques to utilize the transparent and opaque qualities of the paint and along with the whiteness of the paper itselfhe controls light and texture. This multi layering uses deliberate dabbing, stippling and pointillism to describe the effects he sees in the world around him and although very time consuming the results are well worth the effort.

John and his family moved to Tenby in 1988, hehas won many awards and continues to exhibit throughout the UK and Worldwide.