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John Wells (1907-2000)

Biography of the artist John Clayton Spencer Wells (1907-2000)

John Spencer Clayton Wells (1907-2000), artist and maker of relief constructions, was born in London and trained as a doctor at University College Hospital. He learned to paint at evening classes at St Martins School of Art.

From 1936-1945, Wells worked as a general practitioner on the Isles of Scilly. In 1945, he moved to Newlyn to pursue a full-time career as an artist.

Wells was the co-founder of The Crypt Group and The Penwith Society of Artists. He worked with Barbara Hepworth and exhibited regularly in London, the provinces and abroad.

His works of geometric abstraction were influenced by Naum Gabo, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth.

An exhibition at the Tate, St Ives in 2007 celebrated the centenary of his birth.

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Lot FS18/320

Lot FS18/320: John Clayworth Spencer Wells [1907-2000] - Landfall 1949

John Clayworth Spencer Wells [1907-2000] - Landfall 1949 signed, inscribed and dated on the reverse oil and pencil sketch on board 25.5 x 365cm.

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000
Realised: £3,000