John Tookey PS

John Tookey PS

East Anglian artist John Tookey resides in picturesque market town of Saffron Walden, Essex. He is justly famous for his dynamic, bold watercolours that sparkle with light.

During the mid sixties, John trained at Sir John Cass School of Art, London. John then went on to work for several London advertising agencies before taking up painting full time in '86.

John works in a variety of different mediums, but mainly in watercolour, oil and pastel. His watercolours are particularly striking combining spontaneity, freshness and a wonderfully direct approach. John does most of his paintings using just two brushes. Often a size 20 Pro Arte synthetic round brush and a size 16 sable round. He occasionally uses a number 3 rigger brush for smaller details such at telegraph lines etc. But John maintains that one of the biggest mistakes that so many amateur artists make is using brushes that are too small.

John has had an extremely successful painting career having shown with Royal Institute of Water Colourists, New English Art Club, Royal Oil Institute and the Pastel Society of which he is a member. Notable Prizes include: Brandler Galleries Award (RWA) Pastel Society of Canada Award (Pastel Society) Buzzacott Award (Pastel Society) 2008. John is also a member of the prestigious Pastel Society

John is also a keen writer having written and contributed to Travel Books for Gordon Fraser Books and contributions to several leading art magazines. Look out for his article in The Artist Magazine based on his work for our DVD in the November edition which will be in the shops mid October 2008.

John Tutors several painting courses each year in East Anglia. Further details are available direct from the course centres below:

FSC, Flatford Mill. 0845 3307 368. 

Big Sky Art 07785 439727


John can be contacted via Town House Films : 

Click on any of the pictures below to see the production stills from John's DVD, Contrast in Watercolour.