John Skelton was born in 1923 in Glasgow. He completed his studies in art at the Coventry School of Art. He continued his education as an assistant in the Bridgeman stonemasons’ workshop in Lewes. Later, he carried out many contracts for churches, where relief sculptures were most common, but he also did inscription carving and heraldic motifs. With his innovative calligraphic shapes, he was a significant influence on generations of younger artists in the field. Many of Skelton’s thematic works can be found in Shakespeare’s birth town (Stratford-upon-Avon). He died in 1999 in the town of Streat (East Sussex, Great Britain). In 2020, there was a large overview exhibition in Snape Maltings (Suffolk), devoted to his art of typography in stone and other materials.
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