John Waddingham is well known for his watercolor paintings and drawings, which have appeared in invitational and juried shows and galleries throughout the United States. If you are from Portland, you have probably already seen some of his cityscapes or portraits, but you may not know John was also a printmaker.
His illustrations have appeared in many periodicals, including Ford Times Magazine, Kiwanis International, C.A. Magazine, The Artist (London, Eng.), and Antwerpen (Belgium) Gazet. American Artist magazine featured him May, 1967 and June, 1990.
He was born in London, England during the WWI Blitz, then lived in India and Canada before his family eventually arrived in Portland, Oregon. He had two sisters who were also artists, and the creative trio helped support their family during WWII by doing watercolor portraits. John maintained a studio at his Portland home until his death in 2002 at the age of 87.
During John’s long, successful career, he was Editorial Art Director at the Oregonian, an Artist Member of the Portland Art Museum, president of the Portland Art Directors’ Club, a frequent juror of art shows, and included in Who’s Who In America, and Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters and Sculptors.
His watercolors have twice been circulated throughout the United States by the American Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition, and Vincent Price purchased over a dozen of his works for the Vincent Price Collection.
We have several Waddingham works available for sale at the Gallery. Here is a small sample: