John Crump’s painting journey began in the 60s. Well-known as a “NZ impressionist” John's style of painting is celebrated in NZ with a group of prominent painters such as Peter McIntyres, Peter Beadle, Douglas Badcock, and others. Their bold, confident brushwork and beautiful colour and drawing of landscape, and their ability to catch a fleeting moment of nature helped steer him toward “plein-air” painting in the outdoors. This now takes him to many favourite places - the rugged shores of the West Coast, the snow covered peaks of the Southern Alps, and the clear streams and native bush of the South Island .
With time and experience John has found that his love of colour, tone, and design have brought new subjects - flower or still life studies done in the studio, on those windy or wet days when outdoor work becomes impossible.
John's paintings have gone into corporate and private collections in New Zealand and around the world.