"John Drawbridge was not just a wonderful artist, he was a creative being who transcended into this world for a brief moment in time. He created a body of work that will be admired by the generations that follow him in the pursuit of creative and artistic expression.Tony Drawbridge, June 2008, page 11 John Drawbridge

John Drawbridge began his career as a textile designer. Over a 50-year period he created over 200 limited edition mezzotints, etchings, drypoints and lithographs.  John also worked in oil and watercolour, large public murals, printmaking and stained glass. His murals include the New Zealand House Mural in London (now housed at the Cotton Building at Victoria University Wellington), the Expo 70 Mural (rebuilt at the National Library of New Zealand), a 42 metre-long 4.8 metre-high mural in the Banqueting Hall in the Beehive (Parliament Building, Wellington) and John's 14 Stations of the Cross stained glass works at the Home of Compassion Chapel also in Wellington.

John's work is included in many international collections including in the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and in New Zealand in institutions such as Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand), the Auckland City Art Gallery and the Christchurch PublicArt Gallery.

John Drawbridge was also involved in education, teaching at Wellington Polytechnic School of Design from 1964 to 1986.

Dennis & Verna Adam, Wellington philanthropists, are deep admirers of John's work. On the occasion of Denis and Verna's receipt of the Arts Foundation Award for Patronage, they made a donation toward the comprehensive publication of a book on John's art.  This Limited Edition Book John Drawbridge includes an essay by Dr Damian Skinner with contributions by Robert Macdonald and Tony Drawbridge.   Copies are available for purchase  through many book stores nationwide

 Limited Edition book

John Boys Drawbridge, painter and printmaker: born Wellington, New Zealand 27 December 1930;  MBE 1978; married 1960 Tanya Ashken (two sons);  died Wellington 24 July 2005.


New Zealand artist John Drawbridge became a well-known figure in the British art world in the 1960s - the Times paid tribute to him at the time of his death.
Lewis Foreman pays tribute to John Drawbridge, writing for 'The Independent' at the time of John's death in 2005
Obituary for John Drawbridge published in 'The Guardian' on Thursday, 25 August, 2005, by Robert Macdonald
Anne Kirker writes for "Art New Zealand" on John Drawbridge's intention to 'work out some of the themes which started to emerge whilst working on the Beehive mural' and 'to resolve ideas in relation to his painting and prints'
     born Wellington
   won National Gallery Travelling Scholarship; studied in London and Paris
   exhibition at Redfern Gallery, London; commissioned to paint mural for NZ House
  received major prize in the 10th International Exhibition - Bianco e nero, Lugano, Switzerland
     Produced mural for NZ pavilion at Expo 70, Osaka, Japan (now housed at the National Library)
  Created Beehive Mural, Parliament Bldgs, Wellington
   Awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire)
   Received Governor General Art Award (NZAFA)
    Solo exhibition The Wide-Open Interior, City Gallery, Wellington, and publication of book by Gregory O'Brien
   Awarded a D Lit (Honoris Causa) by Massey University
Deceased, 24 July
   John's family received Award for Patronage recipient donation from Dennis & Verna Adam to continue on his work
John Drawbridge published by Ron Sang Publications  
Inducted to the Massey University Hall of Fame (posthumously)