This set of greetings cards has been produced by John E. Wigston. John was born at Redhill, Surrey in 1939, but spent most of his early life in Chingford, Essex.
All his life, transport has fascinated him, especially railways. It was natural, therefore, for transport to be the earliest subject for his other hobby – painting. After initial training in horticulture, three years in the RAF and two years with Ilford Films at Brentwood, he moved to the North East, where his wife Vilma came from, and joined ICI on Teesside. His art began to take on more importance when he attended Hartlepool College of Art where he received much encouragement from the staff and in 1969 had his first one-man exhibition at the Gray Art Gallery, Hartlepool. More exhibitions followed, including the Museum of British Transport, Clapham and Doncaster Art Galleries. The 1975 150 S&DR Celebration brought a commission from the Tourist Board for a painting of ‘Locomotion’ which in turn led to more commissions from Barclays Bank, the North of England Development Council and one from as far as Canada.
Anything driven by steam fascinates him and in recent years he has enjoyed the company of traction engine enthusiasts. Railways still remain a favourite subject however and he is now very much involved with a railway society in Falun, central Sweden and is a member of the Guild of Railway Artists. Look out for more products at The Railway Station by Wigston, coming soon.