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John Falconar Slater (1857-1937)

John Falconar Slater was a Newcastle born artist who painted a wide range of subjects in oils and watercolours exhibiting prolifically in the North East of England. Initially Slater worked as a bookkeeper for his father's corn mill and then, having emigrated at 20, ran a store in the diamond fields of South Africa. Returning to the Northumberland he turned to art as a career. J.F. Slater could well be one of the best Northern Impressionist artists and he was expert at depicting the many moods of the North Sea. It is reported that he was often seen clad in oil-skins, his easel tied to rocks and weighed down by stones, so he could paint in all weathers. Indeed, the blue plaque that honours him and commemorates his time lived in Cullercoats (St. Oswins Avenue) cites that he was, “known as the 'weatherproof artist' for his practice of painting outdoors in all conditions.” Having sold over 90 of Slater’s works you can see in the archive below that he wasn’t shy of snow, damp misty uplands not to mention mucky farmyards. John Falconar Slater was a member of the Bewick Club, the President of the North East Art Club, based in Whitley Bay, and a leading member of the Cullercoats Colony. Slater exhibited widely on Tyneside, Walker Gallery, Liverpool, (5) and Manchester City Art Gallery (1) and exhibited 22 works at the Royal Academy. Today his works are held, among others, by the: Laing Art Gallery; Shipley Art Gallery; Government Art collection; National Maritime Museum; South Shields, Sunderland, Lancaster, Museums. Admirers of Slater's works may be interested to know that first biography of the artist, by Marshall Hall, has recently been published, available here: https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/john-falconar-slater-the-north-easts-weatherproof-artist/marshall-hall/paperback/9781838280918.html  

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