I am a self taught artist, born on a farm in North Devon in 1948.
I have worked as a farmer all my life, but I painted in my spare time.
In the late sixties I was one of the leading psychedelic painters, with
my work appearing in Oz, IT and Gandalf's Garden magazine. I then
illustrated children's books for publishers in UK, US, Australia,
New Zealand and Africa (over 40 titles).
My paintings were exhibited in France, UK, and New Zealand.
Five years ago I became a full time painter and turned part of my
house into a gallery. I had several exhibitions there and also in
Exeter and at The Burton Gallery in Bideford, where I now live.
With renewed interest in Psychedelic art, I have had work exhibited
in the Whitney in New York, Tate Liverpool, and my early work is in
the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
There is a book about me: Johnny, the Work of Psychedelic Artist
John Hurford written by Jonathan Hill, published by Sunrise Press,
which covers my work from the sixties until 2006.
Moot In Inks, Acrylic Inks on Paper
My influence has always been the flora, fauna and landscape of the
North Devon area, particularly the area where I farmed. In the late
sixties I started working in coloured inks, then explored oils,
watercolours, acrylics, coloured pencils, pen and ink, and pencil.
Now I work mostly in acrylics on canvas, linen, paper or wood and my
subject matter has begun to include garden flowers (for a recent
commission). My work goes from fairly realistic portraits to abstract
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