John’s Oil and Water combined

John Baldwin.
John Baldwin.

A Lancashire-born artist whose passion for painting began in the1960s is staging a summer exhibition at The Dukes gallery.

John Baldwin studied at Leeds Arts School whose alumni include Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

He was drawn into the city’s music scene and ran a psychedelic nightclub.

Originally hailing from Oswaldtwistle, John returned to work in the family business until, in his early 40s, he returned full time to art after spells teaching at colleges in Accrington and Blackpool.

John said: “I’m sorry I didn’t do it sooner.”

He moved to Crook in the Lake District while also spending time in London where he has been a member of Chelsea Art Club for 30 years.

He has lived in Silverdale since 1998 and recently took part in the Arnside and Silverdale Art Trail. John has previously exhibited at The Dukes, nationally, throughout Europe and in China.

Oil and Water can be viewed in the gallery for free until August 2. For more information, ring the box office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org.