John Chancellor Display Opened in Brixham

A new Display, illustrating the work of world renown Brixham maritime artist, John Chancellor (1925 – 1984), has opened thanks to Brixham Town Council, who consider his extraordinary talent should be celebrated and made accessible to people in the town.


The display, located in The Function Room of Brixham Town Hall, features a selection of limited edition prints of some of the artist’s work.  John Chancellor lived in Brixham for 20 years until his untimely death in April 1984.


Despite being over 35 years since his death, many local readers will remember John personally, or will still have his pictures on their walls. His extraordinary paintings established him as one of the most talented maritime painters of all time and his work is admired internationally.


Such is John’s renown, that in September 2019 the Royal Mail featured one of his paintings, ‘HMS Beagle in the Galapagos’ on one of its stamps in the Royal Naval History collection.


John’s death deprived the world of one of its most gifted maritime artists. Prior to his full-time career as an artist, John was highly experienced and respected seaman for thirty years.  At the time of his death he had been painting professionally for only 14 years and had produced a relatively small number of paintings – around 70 oils and 60 watercolours. The new display, being held in his former hometown, will help keep his memory alive and introduce his paintings to a new audience of locals and visitors alike.


Cllr Anne Massey, Chair of Brixham Town Council’s Town Hall Committee, welcomes the display.  “We are delighted to offer this opportunity to show some of John Chancellor’s work.  It is a great opportunity for visitors to come along to The Function Room and see his work.”


The display has been arranged in partnership with Chancellor Maritime Prints, through John’s daughter Tessa, who sells limited edition prints of some of her late father’s paintings through her website. “My father’s work was exceptional,” says Tessa. “As a family we are very proud of him and are delighted his work will be accessible in his hometown of Brixham.  We are very grateful to Brixham Town Council for its willingness to host this display.”

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