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John Townsend art prints and posters

John Townsend was born in 1930 in Nottingham. His father was Art Director at Thos Formans & Sons and from an early age John Townsend was thus in contact with many top artists. His thoughts and aspirations were very much influenced by this association.

Townsend studied art at Nottingham College of Art, where he was taught by Arthur Spooner, whose Modern British style of painting has become very popular. He also came into contact with other renowned artists, including Sir William Russell-Flint, Vernon Ward, Sir Gerald Kelly and Sir James Gunn, who all had a profound influence on his work.

Townsend paints primarily in oils; his favourite subjects being children and attractive young ladies in idyllic environments. He possesses an excellent ability to depict the period atmosphere, reaching a standard which is rarely seen in works by contemporary artists.

His paintings have been commissioned by many celebrities and members of the aristocracy. In 1970 he was commissioned to paint a portrait of HM The Queen, which is now hanging in Nottingham Council Chambers.

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In the Design Studio

We partner with the world's top museums and galleries to bring you exclusive prints of the highest quality. Our teams of designers ensure the colours are accurate, papers are well suited and the best frames are suggested.

Colour Perfecting in the Print Room

In the printing room, artworks are printed on state-of-the-art machines with a team of technicians checking colour and quality every step of the way.

Measuring Up

After being cut down to size, our team carefully finish any stray edges, check measurements and prepare the prints for mounting and framing.

Assembling Frames in the Framing Workshop

We have a team of master framers who work with high-quality, responsibly-sourced wood to create our vast range of framing combinations - each frame is bespoke and made to order for every print.

Hand-finishing in the Framing Workshop

Our selection of hand-finished frames are painted or stained by hand in a variety of colours, and finished with a layer of wax - the end result is a uniquely crafted, beautiful frame that is made to last.

The Last Stop

In this workshop everything comes together - the print, the frame and the glass - in a seamless and stream-lined process.

Mounting the Prints

The artwork is carefully mounted in preparation for framing.

Laying the Glass

Once mounted, the print is ready to be covered by glass or perspex - a delicate procedure but expertly done with not a fingerprint in sight.

The Final Product

After a final, thorough check, the framed print is ready to be carefully packaged up and shipped to the customer.

Transferring to Canvas

For those who order their art as canvas prints, the same amount of attention and care goes into the process. Here, the print is being transferred to a wooden frame.

Finishing the Canvas Edging

As with the framed prints, our canvases are all hand-finished in the workshop - a labour of love from start to finish.