John Knapp-Fisher

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John Knapp-Fisher was born in London in 1931. After studying graphic design and typography at Maidstone College of Art, John Knapp-Fisher became involved in exhibition design and theatre design including scene construction and painting.

Turning to full-time painting in 1960, John Knapp-Fisher lived and exhibited from his sea-going fishing boat for five years, exploring the rivers and estuaries of the South and East Coasts of England.

John’s work has been exhibited widely in England, Wales, Europe, Africa and North America. John Knapp-Fisher was elected a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy 1992.

John Knapp-Fisher lived and painted in Pembrokeshire for over 35 years and it was with great sadness that we heard of his passing early in 2015.


Welsh master of the watercolour for over 50 years. John liked to use a limited palette seeking what he called “the edge of colour”, where earth colours and touches of primary colour emerge from the darks and where tonal relationships, quality, texture and contrasts are all important.”

His work is in a number of public and many private collections.