Signed, limited limited edition print No 232 of 850.
John Knapp-Fisher was born in London in 1931. His father was
Professor of Architecture at the Royal College of Art and also founded
the architectural practice of Knapp-Fisher, Powell and Russell. John's
earliest memories were of the Kent countryside and drawing and
painting alongside his father, who was a lifelong draughtsman and
After studying graphic design and typography at Maidstone College of
Art and upon completion of National Service in the Army, John began
his career as an exhibition designer in 1958. It was here that he began
concentrating on painting and exhibiting. He became the set designer
for the Theatre Royal Margate and later the Castle Theatre Farnham.
On leaving the theatre, John lived on a sea-going boat with his wife
and began to paint full time.
After 5 years the family moved to Carmarthenshire and in 1967, John
opened his studio gallery in Croesgoch on the St David's Peninsula.
He has exhibited widely in Britain and abroad - mainly South Africa -
and his work is represented in many public and private collections
including the National Museum of Wales, the National Library of
Wales and the Contemporary Art Society of Wales.
For his 80th Birthday, John worked hard for his show at The Martin
Tinney Gallery in Cardiff. The exhibition was a phenomenal success
with queues of up to 30 people waiting outside hoping to be amongst
the first in.
“At the evening's close, and I had thanked a couple of hundred people for coming to see what I had done over the past two years, I thought of my father's dying words to me: ‘paint lots of lovely pictures!’...I felt I had done my best not to let him down”. My Life - all the little things.
John Knapp-Fisher passed away in February 2015 at the age of 83.