The John Bird Studio is situated in the historic and picturesque town of Bawtry. Bawtrys location has always been the key to the towns success, it was considered the Gateway to the North lying directly on the route from Lincoln to York. With direct links to the Pilgrim Fathers the town nestles at the edge of three counties, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire an area of quaint villages and market towns. From around every corner and through every alleyway is a haven for the discerning shopper with stylish shops, bistros, tea rooms and wine bars.
The gallery is situated in Dower House Square just off the main square in the center of Bawtry.
With over 40 years experience John’s involvment with the art world includes running his own gallery in the North East for 8 years, one man exhibitions in Stavanger, Norway, commisioned work for English Heritage, National Trust and many private businesses.
John has also shown his work at the Tate Gallery, London and supplied galleries across the UK for the past twenty years.
We work directly with many of the artists and with independent publishers in order to give you a wide range of contemporary, traditional and affordable art. Most of the Artists on display are personally known to us and will take on commisions.
The Gallery has been accepted by the Arts Council, England as one of the participating galleries in their “Own Art Scheme”, this scheme enables you to buy ART over 10 months with 0% interest.
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John followed a career in professional football for thirty years, playing for Doncaster Rovers, Preston North End, Newcastle United and Hartlepool. He then managed Hartlepool United, York City and Halifax Town before becoming a full time artist.
During his time at Newcastle United he opened his own Art Gallery, which he successfully ran for eight years holding several exhibitions, including two in Stavanger, Norway.
His paintings have been sold all over the world, recipients include Prince Edward and the Duchess of Wessex, The Governor of Hong Kong, Lesley Garrett and Russell Crowe. Many companies have commissioned him, including Allied Irish Banks, Barclays Bank and Newcastle United F.C.
His continued success led to the formation of Era Prints supplying many outlets the length and breadth of Great Britain with signed prints of his originals. These included English Heritage, National Trust, The Wild Life Trust, The English Tourist Board and Hamleys of London. Daler Rowney recently used one of his paintings to illustrate one of their art boxes for worldwide distribution.
In 2006 he was one of 25 artists selected to take part in the ‘Drawings from Turner’ project. All work was undertaken at Tate Britain and his representation of a Turner sketch was part of an exhibition there.
Based at his gallery in Bawtry, Doncaster, where he exhibits his works, he is also busy supplying other galleries nation-wide.