John is a self taught artist, born on a farm in North Devon in 1948. He worked as a farmer all his life, painting in his spare time. In the late sixties he was one of the leading psychedelic painters, with work appearing in Oz, IT and Gandalf's Garden magazine. He then turned to illustrating children's books with over 40 titles in th UK, US, Australia and New Zealand.
All this time still painting and he exhibited in France, UK, and New Zealand.
With renewed interest in Psychedelic art, his early work was exhibited in an exhibition of psychedelic art in the Whitney in New York and in the Tate Liverpool. His early work is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
There is a book of his life and work: Johnny, the work of Psychedelic artist John Hurford written by Jonathan Hill, published by Sunrise Press (01392 411565, firstname.lastname@example.org), which covers the work from the sixties until 2006.
His influence has always been the flora, fauna and landscape of the North Devon area, particularly the area where he farmed and still lives. In the late sixties he first worked in coloured inks, then explored oils, watercolours, acrylics, coloured pencils, pen and ink, and pencil. Now he works in acrylics on canvas, linen, paper or wood.
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