John Connolly

John paints mostly on location, attempting to capture the essence of the landscape in which he finds himself. Whilst much of his work is inspired by the sweeping horizons and rugged terrain of the Derbyshire Peak District, Cumbria, and the North Yorkshire Moors, he’s is also inspired by our local scenery here on the south coast and in the New Forest.

He works mainly with acrylics, combining elements of mixed media, including oils and anything that is permanent, to achieve the desired effect. He often incorporates found materials and makes marks and interesting textures with anything at hand. Dried grass, twigs and fern sometimes appear in his work, connecting his paintings directly to the landscape depicted.
An art and Drama teacher by profession, John graduated from Derby University. John is also the founding member of a theatre company, a professional actor and a playwright.

Available work by John Connolly


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Temporary Gallery Closure

Following the announcement from the UK Government with regards to COVID-19, Ytene Gallery has temporarily closed from Saturday 21st March until further notice. The website will continue to be updated, showing all our available work, and with details of our reopening when it is deemed safe to do so. We appreciate the impact this will have on our customers, for which we sincerely apologise. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to welcoming you to the gallery again very soon. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to telephone 07940 562462 or email