I paint modern representational portraits in thick oil paint with broad brushstrokes. My portraits are designed to flatter the sitter by revealing their character, as well as appearance. As a consequence I like to get to know my sitters well. A successful portrait is one that documents a relationship between the artist and sitter; it’s collaboration.

John Puckey has consistently attracted high profile sitters in politics, culture and the media. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Sir Tim Smit, Deborah Meaden and Sir John Nott have all posed for John.

John has had several media appearances. For more details scroll down this page.

For more information on commissioning a portrait, please visit the Commission page or contact John.


Artist in Residence for The National Trust

Art in Devon Prize at the South West Academy

Visitors’ Choice Award at the Thelma Hulbert Open

Bath Chronicle Award at the Holburne Portrait Prize

Holburne Portrait Prize shortlist 2008 and 2010


The Chris Evans Breakfast Show BBC Radio 2, June 2014

The Daily Telegraph June 2014

Radio Times June 2014

Express and Echo June 2014

Performer in the Portrait BBC Radio 2, June 2014

Tony Blackburn Show BBC Radio Berkshire, June 2014

Pete Morgan at Breakfast BBC RM, January 2014

Drivetime BBC Radio Devon, February 2013

National Trust Magazine Summer issue, 2012

Portraits that Catch the Eye Express and Echo, August 2012

Sidmouth Herald May 2012

Artist Selected for Prestigious Prize Express and Echo, October 2010

East Devon Life November 2007

Art in Devon October 2007

Selected Sitters

Sir Richard Carew-Pole

Deborah Meaden

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Tony Blackburn

Lady Mary Holborow

Kurt Jackson

Sir Tim Smit

Rosie Boycott

Tamasin Day-Lewis

Sir John Nott and family

Charlie Fane-Trefusis and family

David Owen

Ben Bradshaw MP

Francis Fulford

Michael Eavis

Michael Caines

The Bishop of Exeter

The Bishop of Truro

Hugo Swire MP and family

Judi Spiers

Sir Hayden Philips