John Bryce is much influenced by the effects of light as it occurs in the sky, on buildings and on water. In his recent wood engravings he tries to depict this and to apply his engraving tools to cut a variety of marks on the block to express the drama and mood of an experienced event. 


After retirement from a professional career in aviation research, I now persue an active career as a painter and printmaker. I am a member of the Wapping Group of Artists (WGA) and paint with them during the summer months along the banks of the RIver Thames. Also, I create original limited edition prints using the medium of wood engraving. The process involves engraving a mirror image onto an end grain boxwood or lemonwood block. This is then inked and printed onto paper using my Victorian Albion press. My subjects are mostly London and river based, inspired by my watercolour sketches painted with the Wapping Group. I am much influenced by the effects of light in the sky and on the water and I try to show this in my engravings by using my tools to cut a variety of marks on the block to express drama and mood.

I was elected a member of the Society of Wood Engravers (SWE) in 1990 and a senior fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) in 2010. I exhibit my prints at the Bankside Gallery, London. Also, I have had work selected for exhibitions of the RSMA and RBA at the Mall Galleries in London. I have exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition on three occasions.