John Connolly exhibits at two galleries

Peakland%20ColoursLandscape artist John Connolly  has become a popular artist in his home county in the past ten years.

He enjoys painting to an audience and not only opens up his Bolsover studio each year but also attends fairs and holds his own workshops all over the county and beyond.

He is a master of many talents having been an actor, writer, singer (he sings with a group called Shaydes who were previously known as Old Spice) and teacher of drama and art.

He divides his time between all three but has been concentrating mainly on his painting since 2003.

He is always keen to show his work to as wide an audience as possible – hence this month he is exhibiting at not just one but two of our galleries.

He is at Cromford Studio and Gallery from November  5-30 and at Leabrooks Gallery in Somercotes from November 1-14.

On top of that commitment he is also  at the Windsor Contemporary Art Fair on November 8 and 9.

You can also find some of his work at Gallerytop, Rowsley and St John Street Gallery and Cafe  in Ashbourne.

In addition he is a regular blogger and keen advocate of social media.

His inspirations are the sweeping horizons of the Peak District and the rugged terrain of Cumbria and North Yorkshire as well as the shorelines and ever changing light in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

He hopes that those observing his paintings can experience a feeling of remoteness.

He works mainly in acrylics but sometimes in mixed media and he likes to use found materials to make marks and create interesting textures.

“I scratch, scrape and sometimes flick or throw the paint at the canvas to create the runs and dribbles that suggest waves or interesting cloud formations.

“In some of my larger paintings I include collaged materials,” he says.

He is also working on a project called Woodland Light and he aims to produce a body of work on The New Forest and Sherwood Forest.

Go to for more information about his work.