John W Wells was born in Dartford, Kent and studied at Medway College of Art and at the Royal Academy Schools where he won the Landseer Prize three times for different elements of the course and was also winner of the Richard Jack Prize for Portraiture. Subsequently he took a teaching qualification at Goldsmith’s College of Art, teaching becoming a significant part of his career in state and independent schools as well as Further Education.
On retirement from teaching Wells became a full-time painter returning to portraiture as well as still life and landscape in a variety of media.
He has been a regular exhibitor at venues including The Royal Academy; United Artists, London; the Royal Society of British Artists; the Royal Society of Portrait Painters; the New English Art Club, the Royal Society of Oil Painters and the Institute of East Anglian Artists. His work is included in a number of other public and private collections, including the Dame Enid Russell Smith Trust; the Graves Gallery, Sheffield; the Johnson-Poensgen Collection, Germany; the Marcus Crahan Collection, Los Angeles and Adelaide Duncan, Accra, Ghana.