Teapot paintings by John Paul Raine


artist, specialising in painting 'teapots and flowers', with occasional landscapes, portraits and life drawings.
born: 27.01.1948
living in Aberdeenshire, North East Scotland

The teapot paintings were small, manageable pictures which were painted when I was earning my living as a teacher, as a careworker and as an art school lecturer. They were done during my free time, often in improvised studios when I was on holiday or working away from home, and they were usually made to fit in a suitcase. I discovered that a lot can be said, artistically, within the simple format 'teapot, flowers and background', and over the years I have used it to develop the values of colour, tone, composition and surface which are fundamental to painting.
I like painting flowers up close and originally the teapot was there to give a context for one or two flowers. Eventually I just stayed with the format...there is something simple and satisfactory about it. I also like to work on a small scale and have long been inspired by the refinement of William Nicholson's small still life paintings. Recently the work of Susan J Walp and Luigi Lucione has also had a big effect on me.
These days I work full time as an artist and recently I have been painting Vases of Flowers as well as Teapots and Flowers. I like to know that I am part of a long tradition of flower painting which goes back many centuries. Until fairly recently artists have maintained themselves by selling their work to patrons or to the public; I like the fact that I am part of that tradition too.

I practice transcendental meditation, but belong to no particular school nor follow any individual teaching. Meditation has greatly enhanced my appreciation of painting and sculpture and it has made me much more aware of the beauty of Nature than I was when I started out on this artistic path.
My feeling about art is that it is a mysterious and ever changing thing, and it is likely to appear where you least expect it. This is a wonderful time for art, and if you look beyond what is generally recognized by the great museums and salerooms, you will find the most astonishing and dazzling creations by artists all over the world. I would guess that for most of us Pinterest, art blogs, gallery websites etc etc have brought about a sort of mild culture shock which has upended our notions of what modern art really is these days.

Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen
Eion Stewart Fine Art, Stonehaven
Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkudbright
Gallery Q, Dundee
Frames Gallery, Perth

The Traditional and Decorative Art Goup, Aberdeen Art Gallery 1992
Haddo House, Arts Festival 2015
John Green Fine Art, Glasgow 2017
I have had very few solo exhibitions ...they are expensive and time consuming...and generally I sell my work on an ad hoc basis. I also contribute to group shows in the galleries named above. I do not sell paintings from this website.

www.teapotpaintings.com was designed (by Karol Pantelewicz) to showcase the small paintings but it has become an archive for my other pictures as well. In the 'figures' section there are drawings from life classes at the Folk High School for the Development of Consciousness in Havnsoe, Denmark. Transcendental Meditation is taught there, as well as music, Ayurvedic medicine and Vedic astrology. I was the art teacher at the school for ten years, 2008-18. www.hojskole.net/dk/forside