For thirty five years now, John has used his artistic talents in creating wonderful miniature furniture masterpieces for clients around the world. Now he is to revert to his love of painting, and spend more time on his portraits and marine seascapes. The portraits are still painted, water colour on vellum, the traditional 16th century technique. The seascapes are oil painted on board.
John has been assisted throughout by his wife Sue, and inevitably, perhaps her love and interest in the business has also developed. Sue has always been interested in interior design, and has worked with John on his major commissions. It therefore seemed the natural step for her to take on the running of the gilt and painted side of the business in her own name, and John will continue to create new pieces to add to the range.
Jean Nisbett has described John Hodgson as "The Master" in her book, the "Secrets of the Doll's House Makers" and his artistic talents have displayed themselves in the beautiful miniature furniture he has created over the past 30 years. His love for antique furniture, and in particular chairs, introduced him to the business, when he created a miniature dining room display for his daughter. His furniture was seen publicly, and has consequently been much sought after.
His miniature furniture appears in many exhibitions and museums around the world, but his major work in this country has been a ten year commission to create a permanent exhibition of period model houses and room settings from Mediaeval through to the Victorian period, for Hever Castle in Kent.
As well as his miniature furniture, John is well known as a portrait miniaturist, painting in the traditional manner of the 17th century "Old Masters" i.e. water colour on vellum, using traditional techniques.
In 1984, he was elected an Associate member of The Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers, and in 1997, won the Sovereign award for the best portrait miniature in the exhibition and also the best sculptor with the Double Dome Secretaire Cabinet (which is illustrated above).
Sue Hodgson Designs Ltd.
(Company No. 04601281)