Welcome to my website

About Me

I was born and brought up in the Sandfields area of Swansea. My interest in art was recognised while I was still a pupil in St Helen’s Primary School and I was encouraged to develop my skills from that early age. For that I will be eternally grateful.

After completing a Foundation Course at Swansea College of Art and a Degree course at Cardiff I decided to become a teacher. Subsequently, most of my working life has been spent in art education - 20 years in comprehensive schools teaching Art and managing Creative Arts Departments (Art, Music and Drama) and 15 years working as Education Officer at Swansea’s Glynn Vivian Art Gallery.

For a brief spell of 4 years I had my own pottery in Gowerton where I specialised in making ceramic figures while my wife, Anne, managed our traditional toyshop and toy museum. It was great fun! From 1993 I also ran a company called John Upton Greeting Cards, designing cards for the Welsh market before selling the business in 2005. To view the cards follow this link to Huw Thomas Gallery.

John Upton

I have always tried to inject a little humour into my artwork and, since my retirement in March 2009, I have enjoyed the luxury of just painting what I want, when I want and how I want.

I do hope, when you are browsing through my website, that my artwork gives you as much pleasure as it gave me when I was creating it. If you may be interested in owning a piece of my work, please contact me directly to arrange a viewing.

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