John Fitzpatrick was born and educated in Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland and has lived in Dublin for many years. From childhood, he has always been interested in drawing and painting. While self-taught to a large extent, he has periodically attended night and weekend courses on life drawing and painting in Dún Laoghaire College of Art in Dublin and has also received tuition from many professional Irish artists mostly arranged by the amateur painting groups of which he is a member.
Having been employed in a full-time job for his working life, he has not been able to devote as much time and energy to his painting as he would have wished. However, having recently retired, he intends devoting more time to drawing and painting.
John’s work covers a variety of subject types: landscape, seascape, urban scenes, sporting activities, and occasionally, still life. His favourite media are oils and watercolours but he has also used other media (e.g. pencil, charcoal, conté and pastel). In addition, he has experimented a little with 3-dimensional modelling in clay and plasticene and hopes to explore this mode of expression further. His painting style is continually evolving having been influenced not only by the work of many of the Impressionist painters, but also by the work of Jack Yeats, William Orpen, John Singer Sargent, Alfred Munnings, Michael Lyne and the internationally-renowned contemporary Irish artist, Peter Curling.
Through his involvement with two amateur painting/art groups but also independently, John has exhibited his work in a number of group shows in Dublin and elsewhere in Leinster over the years. These included the Solomon Gallery and Kennedy’s Art Gallery as well as the former Bank of Ireland Annual Art Exhibitions. In addition, he has also participated in a small number of group shows in the United Kingdom.
Examples of John’s work are held in private collections in Ireland, Great Britain, the USA, Europe and Australia.