• John Donaldson

    The Cats Door
    Medium: Oil Painting Size: 195mm x 295mm Price: £925 REF: JDN85
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  • A beekeepers chapel in the Languedoc region of France painted in oils by John Donaldson
    John Donaldson
    The Beekeeper's Chapel
    Medium: Original Oil Painting Size: 305 x 460mm Price: £1750 REF: JDN84Notes: A beautiful place captured from an area that John walked many times during his years in france
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  • Stunning mixed media painting by John Donaldson
    John Donaldson
    La Bastide
    Medium: Mixed media Size: 305 x 455 mm Price: £1640 REF: JDN:075
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  • Original mixed media painting of a bridge in France
    John Donaldson
    La Long de la Riviere
    Medium: mixed media painting Size: 180mm x 400mm Price: £825 REF: JDN79
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  • John Donaldson
    High Corniche in Mimosa Time
    Medium: Original Oil Painting Size: 270mm x 460mm Price: £1775 REF: JDN78
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  • John Donaldson
    La Bastide
    Medium: Original Oil Painting Size: 300mm x 450mm Price: £1640 REF: JDN77
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  • Original oil paintings and oil studies by  the artist John Donaldson
    John Donaldson
    Mai Matin
    Medium: Original Oil Size: 200 x 300 mm Price: £790 REF: JDN76
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  • Original oil paintings, studies and sketches by the artist John Donaldson
    John Donaldson
    Morning
    Medium: Original Oil Study Size: 200 x 460 mm Price: £985 REF: JDN75
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  • Original oil paintings by the artist John Donaldson
    John Donaldson
    Morning In The Midi
    Medium: Oil Size: 250 x 380 mm Price: £1120 REF: JDN74
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  • A series of oil studies, sketches and paintings by John Donaldson
    John Donaldson
    Coin du Soleil
    Medium: Original Oil Sketch Size: 200 x 250 mm Price: £445 REF: JDN71
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  • Original oil paintings by artist John Donaldson
    John Donaldson
    Chant du Rossignol
    Medium: Original Oil Size: 200 x 250 mm Price: £790 REF: JDN69
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  • A coastal path that leads to the sea painting by John Donaldson
    John Donaldson
    Pinede - Med
    Medium: Original Oil Size: 200 x 460 mm Price: £1120 REF: JDN59
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  • We keep a collection of original oil paintings by artist John Donaldson
    John Donaldson
    The Aude Valley
    Medium: Original Oil Size: 200 x 250 mm Price: £775 REF: JDN58Notes: Original works by John Donaldson
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  • Original oil painting of Val du Loup France by artist John Donaldson
    John Donaldson
    Val Du Loup
    Medium: Original OIl Size: 200 x 300 mm Price: £790 REF: JDN58Notes: Works by artist John Donaldson
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  • Original oil of a grand door by artist John Donaldson
    John Donaldson
    Grand Old Door
    Medium: Original Oil Size: 380 x 255 mm Price: £1125 REF: JDN67Notes: Original oil paintings by artist John Donaldson
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  • An almond tree in the French countryside original oil by John Donaldson
    John Donaldson
    Almond Tree in Languadoc
    Medium: Original Oil Painting Size: 190mm x 280mm Price: £875 REF: JDN55
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  • Original oil painting of Canal du Midi France by John Donaldson
    John Donaldson
    Canal Du Midi
    Medium: Original Oil Painting Size: 250mm x 200mm Price: £695 REF: JDN63
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  • Original painting by artist John Donaldson
    John Donaldson
    Brume Violette
    Medium: Original Oil Painting Size: 200mm x 460mm Price: £750 REF: JDN62
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  • Original oil sketch of a tree on Exmoor by John Donaldson
    John Donaldson
    Exmoor Sketch
    Medium: Original Oil Sketch Size: 200mm x 300mm Price: £500 REF: JDN61
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  • Fabulous oil of Frost in Rennes by artist John Donaldson
    John Donaldson
    Frost, Rennes-le Chateau
    Medium: Original Oil Painting Size: 150mm x 230mm Price: £445 REF: JDN59
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  • John Donaldson limited edition folio celebrating the work of John over 40 years.
    John Donaldson
    John Donaldson Limited Edition Foilo
    Medium: Mixed Size: 230 x 360 mm Price: £150 REF: JDN Limited edition folioNotes: A unique insight into the work of John Donaldson beautifully presented in this hand made folio
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  • Oil painting by John Donaldson of exeter Cathedral at night.
    John Donaldson
    Watch Night Exeter
    Medium: Original Oil Sketch Size: 215mm x 140mm Price: £420 REF: JDN34
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  •  Oil sketch by John Donaldson showing Rocks and Railings reflecting in the sea.
    John Donaldson
    Rocks and Railings
    Medium: Oil Sketch Size: 130 x 180 mm Price: £245 REF: JDN37
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  • Original oil of Chantry Bridge in Slapton Devon by John Donaldson
    John Donaldson
    Chantry Bridge - Slapton Devon
    Medium: Original Oil Size: 310 x 410 mm Price: £1500 REF: JDN26
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  • An original oil study by artist John Donaldson Start Bay Devon
    John Donaldson
    Shower Over Start Bay
    Medium: Original Oil Study Size: 180 x 260 mm Price: £450 REF: JDN36
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  • John Donaldson has captured the essence of this vineyard in Corbieres so well!
    John Donaldson
    Le Masif de Corbieres
    Medium: Oil Size: 180mm x 280mm Price: £825 REF: JDN56
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  • John Donaldson oil painting of lavender fields in Valreas
    John Donaldson
    Lavender Fields Valreas
    Medium: Oil Size: 230mm X 300 mm Price: £875 REF: JDN47
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  • Oil Painting by John Donaldson, memories of dining with friends Devon
    John Donaldson
    Salcombe Harbour Lights
    Medium: Original Oil on Board Size: 265mm X 405mm Price: £1150 REF: JDN27Notes: Sale was £1395 Now £1150
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  •  Oil by John Donaldson captures the warm glow of the evening light at Bantham.
    John Donaldson
    Halflight at Bantham
    Medium: Oil Size: 460mm X 305mm Price: £1350 REF: JDN25Notes: Sale was £1695 Now £1350
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Artist Profile

John Donaldson is an accomplished artist and musician. His creativity is evident from his original art; beautiful compositions of landscapes painted in vibrant, expressive colours.

 

John remembers watching his grandfather paint watercolours. He cannot recall a time in his life when he didn't paint and doesn't believe he ever made a conscious decision to become an artist, it was something he grew up doing and still enjoys to this day. To begin with, John followed his Grandfathers lead and painted in watercolours but by the age of thirteen he had discovered oils and found the physicality of the medium suited his style and approach, allowing him to push the paint around the canvas and develop a painting over a period of time.  

 

In his late teens John studied composition and classical organ under Professor George Austin in Brighton and continued this training after a move to Chichester in 1965, where he met his wife. Over the next ten years he switched his musical allegiance to modern jazz and electronic music, a passion that he still harbors today.

 

He made the decision to become a professional artist in 1975 after pursuing an increasingly stressful career in landscape architecture. He was searching for a way to earn a living whilst being able to live in Devon with his wife and daughter and painting was the obvious answer. He first sold paintings in Kingsbridge; local commissions and exhibitions in Dartmouth kept John and his family afloat until 1983 when his work was taken on by a leading gallery in Mayfair.

 

Being surrounded by the countryside has allowed him to draw inspiration from where he lives and states, "I look for unusual and beautiful subjects and effects of light. I used to paint London, with a little bit of sunshine or fading light, London has that something special about it, something honest and interesting to communicate to other people and that's what I look for in a view"


John now splits his time between the West Country and France and cites Provence, the Cote d'Azur, Liguria, Umbria and Tuscany as some of his favourite places to paint original art.

 

When asked to describe his work John recognises that his paintings are not easily labelled but feels his work is best described under the heading "impressionist" in that there is no hidden meaning behind his work, he simply wants to communicate the beauty of a fleeting moment by being honest about what he sees and hoping someone else will identify with his interpretation of that moment, which is parallel to what early impressionist painters were trying to achieve.

 

Johns biggest fan and keenest critic is his wife, Sandi. After finishing a painting he will always ask Sandi her opinion of the piece. John puts his success, in part, down to the honesty with which she comments on his painting and what she says goes!


"Sandi sometimes asks me a question about a piece and if there is a question to be answered then the painting is not communicating properly, something needs to be changed and I will do so until I get the reaction I want from her. This is a process that has always helped and is really necessary when you are so close to your work"

 

John takes what he describes as a relaxed approach to painting original art and does not have a rigidly structured day. However, he paints for up to six hours every day of the week. Morning sessions from seven are common but John believes his best time for painting is between the hours of four and eight in the afternoon and that this is when he most enjoys being in his studio at his home in Devon.

 

As well as painting John is a musician and he believes his music and his artwork are one and the same to him. He has a recording studio in his house and still composes and records music, as well as playing occasional gigs, in his spare time.

 

To add to his list of achievements John works with Jane and Graham Price here at the gallery to maintain a permanent display of original work as well as producing pieces for specific shows. When questioned about his decision to get involved with and exhibit at the gallery John cites the gallery's reputation as one of the main reasons for wanting to exhibit his work here. Jane and Grahams energy and enthusiasm was also an attraction which he believes is fairly unique and is something perhaps missing from others in the art trade today. Jane loves the vibrancy of Johns oil paintings and his individual ability to produce beautiful, high quality pictures. 

 

Looking at the work there is a perceptible intimacy about the images. The colours seem to communicate mood, which is enhanced with lighting and clever details that leave you as the viewer both curious and intrigued.
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