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    ELECTED IN 1975

    John Smout lives in Ruabon, Wrexham. He studied at Stourbridge, Birmingham and Liverpool Colleges of Art.

    "I find it difficult to explain my paintings in words and hope they speak for themselves. Though the artistic process knows of no hard and fast divisions I like to emphasise structure and order in the visual world, whether landscape,still life or life painting.

    The real and the abstract constantly intermingle when working from nature or from memory. Most of my paintings are a compilation of numerous working drawings completed over many months (if not years). The paintings are usually part of a series and are like members of one family".

    Chwilio Safle