ADDYMAN, John Hirst

1929 - 2006

John Addyman

John Hirst Addyman, was born Wallasey, Cheshire on 10 October 1929, only child of John Jack Addyman, leather merchant, and his wife Emma née Hughes, who married at West Derby, Lancashire in 1927. In 1939, he entered Wallasey Grammar School but was evacuated to North Wales during the Second World War and 1945-1949 studied at Wallasey School of Art, where the work of the war artists and English graphics were influential, and from 1949 attended the Royal College of Art leaving in 1952, his teachers included John Nash [q.v.], Edward Bawden (1906-1989) and John Minton (1917-1957). In 1950 he married Madeline Southern [Addyman q.v.]. Addyman's father had set up shop in Port Talbot where John and his wife Madeline lived whilst John taught part-time at Swansea School of Art and, while looking for a permanent post, began to be noted for his depictions of the craggy Welsh coastline shown in the 'Daily Express Young Artists Exhibition'. His teaching breakthrough came with a move to Colchester, Essex in 1955, joining the staff of the School of Art under John O'Connor [q.v.]. An artist whose work analysed and recorded the structure of landscape and its context and his favourite medium was watercolour, but he was adept in many other media, notably ceramic with Wales and Suffolk his particular inspirations. At Colchester he worked with John Nash at Abingdon Summer School and Flatford Mill Centre and in 1958 had the first of three solo shows at the Minories, Colchester, then presided over by Edward Montgomery O'Rorke Dickey (1894-1977). He had been taught piano by a choir mistress in Port Talbot and at Colchester set up of the Colchester Jazz Club and jazz remained a developing life's interest. In 1967 he settled in Sudbury, Suffolk, where he was invited to join the management committee of Gainsborough's House and was important in the development of its print workshop. John continued his teaching career by joining the art history department at Essex University later acting as a visiting lecturer at Nottingham (Trent Polytechnic); Norwich School of Art and in several secondary schools. Addyman was also producing some of his best pictures based on the Essex/Suffolk border and exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club in 1980 'Quarry Full'. In 1989, together with his wife and two of his four children, moved to West Wales, taking a farm at Bridell which, as well giving him studio space, made possible workshops and events such as the 1989 Proteus exhibition. He later gave up the farm and settled in Narberth, Pembrokeshire. He died at Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire on 20 July 2006.

Works by This Artist