With 52 years experience under his bib and braces, John
Weekes, the focus of this #ProudDecorators feature, has perfected his skills as
a decorator, taking his artistry to an extravagant level.
Following in his father’s footsteps from an early age, John
got a taste for decorating during his summer holidays in the 1950’s. Aged 15 John embarked on a 5 year
apprenticeship onto which he added a further 2 years upgrade to include specialist
His love of the job and pure skill for his art has led to a
varied career including a spell of teaching in the 1990’s Changing Rooms era
that saw demand for special effects increase!
Working on jobs in Buckingham Palace, Madam Tussauds, the East
Indian Trading Club, Sir Paul McCartney’s office in Soho square and a multitude
of theatres in London to name but a few, John’s work has been in some
significant locations...including Stella McCartney’s cot and the Royal box at
the London Palladium!
John is modest about his work however it speaks volumes all
by itself. His exceptional skills using
trade paints has enabled him to create intricate effects from marbling, brick
effects, wood grain and tartan to skies, cherubs, murals and more! Here is a
tiny snippet of some of John’s impressive work created using Albany, gold leaf,
glazes and varnishes...