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John Bentham

John bentham
The Artist

John Betham was born in Wigan in 1947 and
has lived there all his life. His passion for art began when
he was a young lad when he used to sketch still life and family
members and friends. He wanted to portray the people and objects
that made up a typical northern home and he still has some of
these original works to this day.

John went into the printing trade and it
wasn’t until much later in life, in his 40s, that John found
his art again for several years and painted in oils for the
first time, building up a fine collection of Victorian scenes,
people and animals. Once more John had a break from his art
to pursue other interests .

In October 2008 he returned to the grass
roots of his work to create his northern street scenes which
typifies the terraced communities where he was brought up in
the late fifties and sixties. This he believes was an era when
there was a much greater sense of community spirit and the streets
were more neighbourly and places of play for children. He uses
bold colours in some of his work to represent how life felt

In each of his paintings John includes a
tribute to Jacob who is the grandson of his wife Christine.
Sadly Jacob died in 2004 just 3 years old from Congenital Muscular
Dystrophy. He was a tremendous little boy who had a great spirit
and character and a Charity was established in his memory called
J-U-M-P. Jacobs Unique Memory Pot

The Charity provides a professional photography
service for children that have life limiting conditions , to
capture their own special and precious family memories, just
as John creates in his Art

If you would like to know more about John’s
Art or arrange a viewing please contact him on 01942 223 094

If you are, or know of
any local artists (painters, photographers, potters, sculptors,
etc) located or based in and around Manchester please let us know,
and if appropriate, we’ll try to include them. Contact us directly
by email.


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