John Checkley (1955 - 1991)
New Zealander John Checkley, a San Franciscan since 1955, enjoys a well-deserved reputation for his charming watercolors and oil paintings which capture the ever-changing moods of the surroundings which he so beautifully paints.
He has developed a unique style in acrylics, gaining immediate recognition for himself and winning an enthusiastic following in art circles across the nation.
Checkley completed his schooling in New Zealand’s St. Andrews College and went on the major in art at the University of New Zealand.
He entered the advertising profession only to have his career interrupted by three years of military service in the Pacific area during World War II.
Following the war, he concentrated on graphic arts where his career led him to the U.S. in 1948. It was shortly thereafter that John joined Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborn, one of the world’s great ad agencies in New York City.
Checkley held a successful series of one-man shows in NY before moving to San Francisco in 1955. In the City by the Bay, he appeared on numerous media events and conducted classes in painting.
Chekcley’s art work hangs in numerous private collections and are prominently displayed in the permanent collections of the New York Historical Society and in the Bank of New York.
A realist by nature, Checkley interprets the many faces of San Francisco as he sees them. His travels have taken him to Tokyo, Twiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Tahiti and several trips to Hawaii during the 1950’s.
Checkley and his family (wife and two children) lived most of their later years on a houseboat converted from a World War II landing craft – moored in Sausalito, California.
John Checkley died in California in 1991.
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