The following information was submitted by the artist:
John Picking was born in Lancashire in 1939 and he showed an aptitude for painting at an early age.
After studies at Wigan School of Art, where he obtained the National Diploma in Design, Governors' Medal and Travelling Scholarship to Paris, he went to Edinburgh College of Art to study painting.
He won various awards there including the Sketch Club Prize and a major Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship which allowed him to paint in Spain for a year.
After teaching at Wigan School of Art and studies leading to research work at London University, John Picking made his first journey to Italy in 1969 and then spent various periods dividing his time between t
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