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John Glashan (1927-1999)

John Glashan (1927-1999)

John Glashan’s fine art training is readily apparent in the distinctly painterly quality of his cartoons. Though he never found the success he desired as a landscape and portrait painter, he instead turned his skill to creating his characteristic sketchy cartoon figures, produced in front of vast baroque watercolour backdrops and architectural landscapes.

John Glashan was born John McGlashan in Glasgow on 24 December 1927, the son of Archibald McGlashan, member of the Royal Society of Arts and President of the Glasgow Arts Club. Educated at Woodside School, Kelvin Park, he was awarded the gold medal in a Glasgow Corporation schools drawing competition in 1945, before studying painting at the Glasgow School of Art. Whilst there, he provided illustrations for the Glasgow University magazine, GUM. In 1956, he moved to London to pursue a career as a portrait and landscape painter.

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