Artist: John Gibb

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Studied under John Mackenzie of Greenock

Exhibited At:

Royal Scottish Academy; Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts


John H Gibb was a Scottish painter of landscapes who was born in Stirlingshire, Scotland.  He studied under a little known artist called John Mackenzie, who was based in Greenock, Renfrewshire.  Gibb settled in the village of Innellan, near Dunoon on the Firth of Clyde, briefly moving to Alnwick in Northumberland in C1865, but returned to Innellan by 1868.  His works were exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts.


In 1876, Gibb emigrated to New Zealand, settling in Christchurch, where he was largely unrivalled as a marine artist. In 1879, or 1880 he moved to Australia where he became a member of the Art Society of New South Wales in Sydney.  His son, W Menzies Gibb, trained under his father and at the National Gallery of Victoria School in Melbourne.  The family returned to New Zealand by 1892.

(This information was kindly supplied by The Government Art Collection)


His painting entitled Cairnryan Bay, Kirkcudbrightshire (sic) was purchased for the Government Art Collection, 1969 (number 8304).