John Budgett

John Budgett (English) 1934–2005
St. Francis of Assisi, oil on board, signed l/r, 16.5″ x 12.25″ unframed

Abstract painting of a figure surrounded by birds.
Click to enlarge.

Estimate: $300. Offers invited.

Please email an offer to purchase or a request for more information to

This painting was purchased in Scotland about fifty years ago and is in excellent condition.

John Budgett was born in London about 1934. He was an abstract artist before moving to Gatehouse, Gallaway in 1964, joining his father and step-mother. He later relocated to Kirkcudbright to further his art career and died there on 1st September 2005. John was a folk artist, painting many religious themes but also “about a dozen very attractive paintings of the Galloway Hills above Gatehouse” around 1970.

In his book John Budgett: Our Friend the Artist, Ian Devlin recounts that Budgett sent a painting to the Pope that was hung in the Vatican and another to President Bill Clinton. He described the artist as shy, eccentric, humble, and very religious.

Though not an academic artist, John Budgett’s paintings are held in numerous private collections and many can be seen on the Internet. One painting inspired by Mother Theresa is in the The Stewartry Museum of the Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Untitled, 1989 – Oil
Image Credit – The Stewartry Museum

Also by this artist:

A Rural Scene with a Drystone Wall to the Foreground and Cottages in the Distance – MIxed Media
Horse and Rider, 1966 – Glazed sepia wash on paper

Images often do not adequately represent quality or condition. Reflections off glass or varnished surfaces sometimes alter color and clarity. All listings are fully guaranteed to be as described, however, and may be returned for a full refund (for any reason) within 30 days of purchase.

Purchase prices are inclusive of shipping/handling/insurance within the continental United States. Prospective buyers should email for shipment to other locations.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is TFA-Plain.gif
© Thistle Fine Art 2024