This book illustrates DrawbridgeÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs brilliance in oil and watercolour painting, large public murals, printmaking and stained glass (including the Beehive, the New Zealand House (London) now in Archives (NZ) and the National Library (NZ) murals. Also featured are JohnÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs stained glass works at the Home of Compassion Chapel, Wellington. First published November 2008, Auckland, NZ 264pp hardcover 305mmx305mm
John Drawbridge was a brilliant and diverse visual artist. His knowledge of art theory and technique, together with his wonderful sense of aesthetic enabled him to create a challenging, exciting and varied body of work. Oil and watercolour painter, printmaker, muralist, stained glass artist and textile creator, John possessed the mind and soul of an artist and the hands of a craftsman. His passion for art and education drew him to teaching. From 1964, until he retired, John taught Printmaking and Creative Studies at the Wellington School of Design. His many students remember him as an inspiring and patient teacher. With an artistic career spanning 50 years, highlights comprise of being invited to exhibit at the 10th International Bianco e Nero Exhibition in Lugano (1968), Switzerland, where he won a major prize for his work. He was awarded an MBE in 1978 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from Massey University in 2002. His work is held in collections all over the world including the British Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Cincinnati Museum, The San Francisco Museum and museums in New Zealand.