Contemporary Fine art Gallery in South Devon

John Hurford

John Hurford was born on a farm in Devon in 1948 and began painting soon after he left school in 1964. Self-taught and with no formal training, he quickly became one of the real forces behind the British psychedelic art movement, and was the only psychedelic artist of his generation to contribute to all three of the most influential and important underground publications of the 1960s - OZ Magazine, International Times and Gandalf's Garden...

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John Hurford Bee Fly

John Hurford
Bee Fly

Violet Spring

John Hurford
Violet Spring
acrylic
143 x 100 cm
£6,500.00

John Hurford Winter Garden

John Hurford
Winter Garden
acrylic
50 x 40 cm
£3,000

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Camelias in Spring

John Hurford
Camelias in Spring
acrylic
62 x 76 cm
£5,000

John Hurford Midwinter

John Hurford
Midwinter
acrylic
50 x 40 cm
£3,000

Bracken

Bracken
Set of five

 

Magnolias

Magnolias

His early work (as much of it still is today) was crowded with flowers, birds and insects - highly detailed observations from the natural world he saw around him in the Devon countryside where he lived. It was often coupled with finely drawn Tolkienesque fantasy landscapes, people and mythical beings; goblin-like creatures were a favourite, as were naked girls. His psychedelic style of painting and the subjects he chose were extremely influential - young people (especially those within the emerging art school culture at the end of the 1960s) instantly related to it, and it sparked off a trend in itself when it first appeared. In the 1970s, John began to get involved in book illustration and over the years has produced work for over 80 book titles including several of his own.

Original paintings by John Hurford for Sale