John Roberts
Self-portrait
John Roberts is a Suffolk artist painting in oils and specializing in East Anglian subjects often centred around coastal towns including Woodbridge, Aldeburgh, Walberswick and Southwold.

Themes are graphically strong – from haphazard townscapes and harbours to windswept sea shores and fishing boats tied up in a tangle of ropes.

But these are not sentimental images. It’s a real world. Using a robust painting style and a rich, deep palette, the intention is to penetrate below the surface to a drama often missed in this seemingly idyllic East Anglian landscape.

Pictures are in the hands of collectors around the world from Canada and North America through Europe and on to Australia.

John Roberts has spent a lifetime in art, illustration and graphics specializing in oil painting including commissioned portraits.

The original aspiration over half a century ago was to escape from austere London – where training took place – and sail the oceans of the world (youthful romantic notions and Gauguin were mainly to blame).

First port of call, Woodbridge, turned out to be too alluring to pursue the master plan. It’s been home ever since. East Anglian landscapes, dramatic skies and an idiosyncratic mix of people continue to surprise and excite. No need for pacific adventure, the drama is right here. Indeed, a studio on the waterfront was successful for over 40 years, and is now run by daughter Joanna and her partner Henry as TFS Photo Woodbridge. This is not the first artist to realize that one painting lifetime is too short.

The artist is married with three grown up children – all three pursuing creative careers of their own.

A Random Selection from Sold Paintings:

Frank Knights – Oil on panel
John Roberts – Frank Knights
Approach to Woodbridge Town – oil on panel
John Roberts – Approach to Woodbridge Town
Seckford Street – oil on panel
John Roberts – Seckford Street
Blythe Estuary – Oil on panel
John Roberts – Blythe Estuary
Windswept reeds – Oil on panel
John Roberts – Windswept reeds
Wickham Market Sketch – graphite on paper
John Roberts – Wickham Market Sketch
Walkies – Oil on panel
John Roberts – Walkies
Woodbridge Dock – Oil on panel
John Roberts – Woodbridge Dock
Commissioned Portrait – oil on canvas
John Roberts – Commissioned Portrait
Debach Road – Oil on panel
John Roberts – Debach Road