John Eaves British, b. 1929


John Eaves lives and works in Bath. He was born in Bristol in 1929 and studied at the Bath Academy of Art from 1949-1952 where his tutors included William Scott, Peter Potworowski (Painting) and James Tower (Ceramics).


Eaves went on to work as a Course Director at the Bath College of Higher Education from 1958-1985 before focusing exclusively on his career as an artist. He has participated in solo and numerous group exhibitions in Germany, England and the U.S since 1954.

Eaves strives to make images of 'power and poetry' inspired by the rhythms, structures and colours of nature and the landscape; of these qualities, colour is his principal concern and passion.



1985 Completed two murals at the Cafe Grun, Bremen - June 1985

1986-87 Awarded Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship to research Emil Nolde and complete a thematic
series of paintings in North Germany
1987, 1988, 1991, 1994, & 2002 Nine Prints for the Art Group Ltd. and I.K.E.A. 

1994-96 A 'Cast of Stones' published by Digger Deeper 1996 with poems by Phillip Gross and Stonehenge drawings by John Eaves. Grant Award from South West Arts to tour these Drawings and associated performances to three schools and a prison during 1994. 

2000 Published Monograph 'John Eaves - Colour of Music' 2000
2001 Mural Project 'Horizons' completed for Hotel Barcelona, Exeter 

        Design Commission for Glaxo-Smith-Kline Conference

2010 Three paintings commissioned (with Kathryn Williams) for Hotel Martinhal, Portugal


Memberships& Awards

Member of the Royal West of England Academy Since 2000

Awarded Winston Churchill Fellowship, to travel and work as a painter in New Mexico, USA


Public collections

Arts Council of Gt. Britain
Bristol City Arts Gallery
University of Bath
Higher Education in Europe
Royal West of England Academy
Inner London Education Authority
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Arts Council South West
St. David's Hall, Cardiff
Prediger Museum, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
City of Braunschweig, Germany
Westminster & Chelsea Hospital
Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Devizes
Target Collection


private collections

Represented in private collections throughout the UK, Germany and the U.S.