John Wetten Brown studied architecture and specialised in Listed Building Restoration work, most notably on the restoration of several ruined Scottish Castles and Tower Houses. His work took him all around the Scottish countryside on these long term projects, (typically,the restoration of a ruinous castle could take 5 or 6 years to complete.) These trips provided a great opportunity to paint all manner of subjects from the East Neuk of Fife fishing villages like Pittenweem and Crail, with iconic crow step gables (corbie steps) and narrow wynds, to the vast sweeps of moorland, mountain and churning highland skies sweeping over fields of black faced sheep and hairy Highland Coos. Also featuring in his work are the busy back lanes of Glasgow’s West End, and scenes of Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns, historic towns and villages such as Inveraray, Portree, Portsoy and Cromarty. The delightful port of Stromness on Orkney, and village of Crovie in Sutherland. Here too are portraits of islands of the Inner Hebrides like Coll and Tiree, the wild and beautiful islands of Skye, Mull and Islay and dear old treasures like the Vital Spark moored at Crinan.
His style is bright, lively and perspectively challenged; ‘squinty’ is an apt description of this highly individual style. His first solo exhibition in 2001 in a well known gallery in Glasgow’s west end, almost sold out within the first week. He now exhibits in galleries throughout Scotland and has his work in private collections in the USA, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and Japan as well as in the UK.