John Fenton (1929-1977)

John Nathaniel Fenton was a twentieth century American painter, printmaker who studied at the Art Students League, New York, and at Atelier 17, Paris. He also studied unde,r and worked with, Federico Castellon and Samuel Adler. During his career Fenton exhibited at such important institutions as the Audubon Artists, National Academy of Design, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Corcoran Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Butler Institute of American Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. Fenton was a full member of the Woodstock Art Association and served as an Instructor of Art at New York University.

Born in 1929 in Mountaindale, New York. He studied at the Art Student's League and later at the world famous Atelier 17 in Paris. He also has worked with both Samuel Adler and Federico Castellon.

In 1958 Fenton won awards from both the National Academy of Design and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his other honors are a Purchase Prize from the New School Graphics Annual and an Edition Purchase from Pratt Institute.

The artist had over a half-dozen one-man shows in New York city. He has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Chicago Art Institute Annual, Butler Art Institute Annual, National Academy of Design, Audubon Artists, American Academy of Arts and Letters Annual; Wesleyan University, and Pennsylvania State University. His work is in the permanent collections of the Pennsylvania State University Museum, Suffolk Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and others.

Today the etchings and paintings of John Fenton are included in such collections as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Pennsylvania State University, Suffolk Museum, and The Smithsonian American Art Museum.


Family II etching 8.75 x 11.75
Quartet etching 9 x 12