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John Hagan (1945 - )
by Alan Veitch and Janet Hornsby

John Hagan, who is a world-renowned Artist, travels extensively, lecturing, public demonstrations, solo exhibitions, and is represented in private collections in the US, Canada, Australia, Italy, UK and other parts of Europe, has taught and practiced the art of painting for most of his life. Currently his drawing and painting lessons are used by hundreds of Schools and Universities around the world either via the Internet or directly from his CD 'John Hagan's Art Lessons. He has been titled as the #1 Art Teacher on the Internet, providing lesson notes for the major Internet education portal of GEM, a special White House Educational funded initiative, Wet Canvas and through the Cowdisley Education Group - his Internet site. During his early days, teaching Senior High School, John designed a basic course for learning to draw that has helped a generation of youngsters to become visually literate and inspired them to a future as artists, draftsmen, designers and architects.

John was classically trained and learned his craft through formal education in England (1966 - 69) and Australia (64 -66) and by studying (1971-75) under a Master Painter William Ross RA, who traced his own training via the Julian Ashton School to the great academic painters of the nineteenth century. Subsequently, John Hagan has mastered the techniques of both the 19th Century classic painting method as well as the 20th Century impressionistic manner and has a unique ability to blend them if it is required.

Just over three years ago, the American pay TV History Channel couldn't find a single drawing or painting of Fletcher Christian, one of the key players on the Bounty. In searching websites, they found a portrait of Fletcher Christian painted by John Hagan, who told them he'd gleaned descriptions of Fletcher Christian from 20 years of studying the Bounty. And, he'd also come across a drawing of Fletcher Christian's half-Polynesian son, Friday. John feels his portrait of Fletcher Christian is about as close as anyone could accurately paint and felt it was his duty as an Artist to fill in this gap of Art History. Ten of John Hagan's paintings of his 'Bounty' series, including seascapes and portraits of Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian, all done in 'classic period style were featured in a History Channel documentary of the 'Bounty Story' first screened, 10th. April 2001 as well as in articles in 'British Heritage' magazine and another nine paintings in a recent Educational Documentary. Presently, John is writing the finishing touches to his sequel of Mutiny on the Bounty, which he plans to make available later this year.

John Hagan works totally with 'artist' quality pigments, the most reliable of oils and varnishes, on heavy top quality inert stretched canvas or wooden panels. If handled properly the pieces are certain to show no canvas rot, de-lamination or any other structural problems for 500 years, or longer.

An excellent example of one of John Hagan's classical art is his Portrait of Shakespeare. John thoroughly studied examples painted by previous Artists and Engravers to create his own interpretation of Shakespeare. Also included in his study was a phrenological drawing of Shakespeare's skull dated 1807. At present, the original skull of Shakespeare remains undiscovered but some rumours claim otherwise. You can view and read more detailed information how John Hagan used his superb artistic talents to paint his Portrait of Shakespeare here.

You are invited to browse through the Collections of John Hagan's paintings and to order sets or individual paintings online with a credit card via our secure CCNow shopping cart. Click on the links, "Nature", "Floral", "Food", "Seascapes", and "Miscellaneous" to view the various Collections HERE. You may also order by contacting the Pitcairn Island Study Center.

John Hagan continues to lecture and teach one morning a week at his atelier. See some recent studio/Hagan press cuttings here.

John Hagan's authorized agents:
(USA) 707 965 2047

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