JOHN RAYNES  A.R.C.A., R.I. (1929 to 2019)

John Raynes was an internationally exhibited and well renowned artist. Born in Australia John studied at the Royal College of Art 1951-57 and, over the next 35 years pursued a successful national and international illustration practice. Raynes returned to painting full time in the 1990s, exhibiting in London, Brighton, Edinburgh, Portugal, Uzes, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. John was represented for portraiture at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London and elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 2003, winning the St. Cuthberts Paper Mill Prize. John Raynes was one of only 12 portrait artists commissioned to work with celebrity participants in “Star Portraits” for BBC1.