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John McCombs RBA ROI

Was born in Manchester in 1943. Studied painting at St.Martin̛̛s College of Art (1962-67) under Gore, Kossoff and Reynolds. Won the College prize in 1966 and awarded Post Graduate year at St.Martin̛̛s 1967. After College returned North to become a professional artist and settled in Saddleworth. Has work in Private Collections all over the world and in public collections in the northwest including Manchester City Art Gallery.

A landscape and figure painter who works mainly in oils. Subject matter is essentialy the Pennine landscape centered in and around the village of Delph in Saddleworth. Also likes painting the clothed figure and this can include crowd group or single figure subjects based on the social and working life of the village.

Artist Statement:

Based upon observation my technique is that of using incisive but vigorous brush-line drawing over flatly applied areas of colour. It is an investigative technique where close study of the subject and personal expression become integral.


Exhibits mostly in London and Manchester and has his own studio and Gallery (John McCombs Gallery, 12 King Street, Delph, Oldham, Lancashire).

Awards & Prizes

The David Murray Scholarship by the Royal Academy 1966 The Stanley Grimm Prize, ROI Exhibition 1990 The Peoples Prize , Manchester Academy 1991 The Main Prize (Alan Gourley Memorial Award) ROI Exhibition 2001 Awarded ̛̛Le Clerc Fowle Medal̛̛ ROI Exhibition 2007

Artwork by John McCombs