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John Hurford

Devon-born John Hurford is a prolific psychedelic artist who’s rise to fame came with his contributions to three of the most seminal underground publications of the sixties; Oz, Gandalf’s Garden and International Times. He grew up in Chumleigh, the son of a farming family and was completely immersed in rural Devon life as a child.


In the late sixties John started working in coloured inks, then explored oils, watercolours, acrylics, coloured pencils, pen and ink and pencil. Now he works mostly in acrylics on canvas, linen, paper or wood, with his subject matter including wonderful full-blown, garden flowers.

His influence has always been the flora, fauna and landscape of the North Devon area, particularly the area where his family farmed. It was often coupled with finely drawn Tolkienesque fantasy landscapes, people and mythical beings; goblin-like creatures were a favourite, as were naked women.



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