TANTON, John E

1949 - ?

John Tanton

Born at Sway, New Forest, Hampshire in 1949, son of Arthur Edward Tanton (1911-1982) and his wife Violet Freda M. née Sales (1926-1994), who married at New Forest in 1948. As a child he ran free through the forest and riding through trees on the petrol tank of his father's old green army motorbike. He lived in a Nissen hut on Beaulieu aerodrome, sleeping in the flickering light of the Fawley flares and ran away to sea at the tender age of sixteen. John served in Royal Naval Frigates, drawing and cartooning from Mozambique to Jamaica and Hong Kong to Bahrain and in submarines in the dark, silent, lonely depths of the Cold War. John matured into an art student in Devon freelancing in design studios in Plymouth, London and Cambridge before becoming a Member of the Chartered Society of Designers. His paintings and drawings take on many styles and subjects, from watercolour landscapes to acrylic abstractions. His inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere, the smallest thing can start the ball rolling, his art never stands still for very long and he is constantly looking for new ways to express himself through different images, mediums and styles. He moved to the quiet Suffolk countryside at Newmarket, still drawing, painting and where he lives with his partner, Hannah Ranner. www.johntantonart.co.uk





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