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John Ambrose, RSMA (1931-2010)

Childhood

Born in 1931 in Brierley Hill, and educated locally, artist John Ambrose loved art as a child and had an ability to paint and draw from an early age.

He went on to study art and was much influenced by D A Chatterton of Plymouth, although his early adult life was spent as an engineer.

Cornwall inspired

Throughout his engineering career he maintained his hobby of painting. During his many holidays to Cornwall, he always found time to paint and his impressionist style suited the coastal views found around the coast of Cornwall. 

After many holidays in Cornwall, he eventually rented a cottage and studio in St Ives, where he spent the next 30 years living and working. His love of the water is demonstrated through his work which has a recurring theme of water in some form or other. 

From 1992 onwards he made many trips to Venice. His work of the Venice waterways exquisitely capture the atmosphere and movement of the water through his skilled use of colour.

Since 1985 he exhibited at the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA), was featured at the Royal Institute of Painters in oil (1989) and was elected to the Royal Society of Marine Artists in 1990. 

john Ambrose died in his beloved Cornwall in 2010. 

His paintings are highly sought after by collectors from the UK, Germany, Italy and the USA.