About John

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John Pike, N.A., A.W.S.

...a Bostonian by birth and an artist, world traveler, lecturer, teacher, author, musician, and inventor by choice.

Having studied under the careful tutelage of two famous artists at the Provincetown artist's colony, Charles Hawthorne and Richard Miller, John Pike's illustrious career began at the age of sixteen when he gave his first one man show. By the time of his death, over sixty one man shows had been credited to his career.

John's world travels began at the age of twenty when he journeyed to Jamaica seeking adventure. There, he was commissioned to create advertisements for the Jamaican rum industry as well as design various stores, nightclubs, and the famed Carib Theatre for MGM in Kingston, Jamaica. 

As an official Air Force artist, John roamed the world. Greenland, Ecuador, Colombia, France, Germany, Formosa, Korea, Japan, and Egypt have been subjects for his talented brush. These paintings are in the permanent collection of the U.S.A.F. Academy in Colorado Springs and the Pentagon in Washington D.C.

Beginning in 1966, John journeyed to all corners of the earth  conducting globe-trotting workshops for artists. These "Painting Holidays" traveled to England, Belgium, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Mexico, Jamaica, Ireland, Yugoslavia, Guatemala, Columbia, and New Mexico.

His works were frequently featured in Life, Readers Digest, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and dozens of other magazines throughout the years.

John has been called upon by such industrial giants as Standard Oil, Alcoa, and Equitable Life for his painting talents. He has been commissioned by globe spanning industries such as National Cash Register, General Tire, and others for a variety of artistic projects which have received national acclaim.

His award winning paintings have been exhibited with those of past greats at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Smithsonian National Museum, the Grand Central Art Galleries, and are represented in many important public and private collections around the world.

Some of John's awards have included the American Watercolor Society Award, the National Hallgarten Prize, Salmagundi Black and White Prizes, A.W.S. Watercolor U.S.A. Award, 1974 recipient of the National Academy Walter Briggs Memorial Award, 1976 top National Academy Watercolor Award William A. Patton Prize, A.W.S. John Young Hunter Award, The Academic Artists Association Helen Gould Kennedy Award, as well as the Franklin Mint Gold Medal Award for being one of twelve American Watercolor Society top prize winners for five years. He was also inducted into the National Academy, which is a top honor for artists in the U.S. He was invited by the National Gallery of Art and N.A.S.A. to be an official artist on the Apollo 10 Moon Shot, and was also invited to hang in the 200 Years of American Watercolor Show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Other than painting, John is the author of two of the best selling books on watercolor, as well as the inventor of the patented John Pike Watercolor Palette and John Pike's Perspective Machine.

John spent the summer months at his Woodstock, New York studio where he conducted an art school devoted entirely to the watercolor medium. The reputation of the school was such that many art studios, advertising agencies, and corporations sent their professional artists for advanced study.