The Window - Exhibition Extended



The Window has been extended and is now on show. Head on over to Robinson College, Cambridge to see the new series of paintings. 


Also click the photograph to see images of the paintings and their installation with the wonderful John Piper window.

Cambridge exhibition - The Window



The Window

Robinson College Chapel, Cambridge

Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9AN


10.00 - 17.00, October 25-27, 2018


The Window is an exhibition of new paintings by John Woodman in the chapel of Robinson College, Cambridge


The paintings are inspired by memories of places and experiences which have been chosen with the college in mind. Their shape and colour have been influenced by the chapel and its beautiful stained glass window, ‘Light of the World’, by John Piper. Very tall and thin, the paintings will stand directly on the floor to be viewed simultaneously with the Piper window. These paintings imply forms and spaces, but nothing is ever fully present. Rather marks and colours collected over time wait to be uncovered by the viewer.


All are welcome to a reception, featuring a talk by the artist in the Linnett Room, Robinson College, on October 26 (5.30-6.30).



The Underworld



Ben Jasnow is published in the Fall / Winter edition of Poet Lore with responses in poetry to a new series of paintings by John Woodman. This new and ongoing series is called The Underworld.


Poet Lore is out this month and the paintings can now be seen if you click the image on the right.


Stroll etc



This painting is called Stroll.


It is one of a number of new paintings which have been added to the website recently. Click here and check them out.


More soon.

New Book Cover

Something and nothing, which was made for a boarding house of Westminster School (see below), has been used the front cover for a new publication.


Hesiod and Classical Greek Poetry was written by Zoe Stamatopolou and is published by Cambridge University Press.

New Publication

John Woodman and Ben Jasnow have collaborated again. 


Georgic Fantasy is an iBook published by Artist's Proof Editions containing thirteen paintings by Woodman which respond to Jasnow's wonderful ten-part poem of the same name.


It will come out on February 19th and is available for pre-order now.


The release day will be celebrated with a reading of the poem by Ben Jasnow at the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, in Charlottesville VA, as part of their Reading Series.

 "Does anywhere truly refuse poetry? Ben Jasnow tells us that there is such a place, yet his luminous poems also tell us that poetry may be found anywhere, in places made ugly by modernity, in ordinary rural events that are all too easily overlooked, and in those larger stories that landscape tells and that continue when our limited tenure of life is over." 


Kevin Hart,

Theologian, philosopher and poet, Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian Studies, University of Virginia

Westminster Abbey Exhibition Photos



Click on the images below to see photographs of the Reunion with the Unknown Warrrior, and the exhibition of the same name:


The Reunion
The Exhibition

Westminster Abbey Exhibition


Reunion with the Unknown Warrior

Chapter House, Westminster Abbey


November 5th - 15th, 2015

Monday to Saturday, 10.00AM - 4.00PM

Free entry to exhibition though admission charges to Westminster Abbey apply.


Chapter House, Westminster Abbey, London SW1P 3PA

Nearest Tubes: St James's Park / Westminster


Reunion with the Unknown Warrior is a new exhibition of paintings by John Woodman in the Chapter House of Westminster Abbey. The triptych, inspired by the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, will be on show November 5th - 15th, to coincide with the opening of the Field of Remembrance. On the first night of the exhibition, during Evensong on November 5th, the paintings will be positioned around the Grave of the Unknown Warrior in the Nave of the Abbey, and will spend the night with the memorial. The following morning, they will return to the Chapter House. A reunion of sorts.


For further information about the paintings, click HERE.


New Work, New Website


JOHNWOODMAN.COM has had a facelift.


Check out a new series of paintings based on the Idyll drawings.


More soon...


Strange Looking Saints

A small art gift for you...


Strange Looking Saints is a new collection of images released as a free E-book.


All but one of the images in this series were drawn on an iPad. This process has been hugely important for my painting over the last three years, and these images are connected to many of the paintings on the go at the moment.


The final picture in the book is not an iPad drawing but a new painting. This canvas, and the book in which it is presented, are dedicated to a very dear relative who passed away last summer.


I hope you like it.




iPad/Mac users:    View on iBooks


Other devices:

Strange Looking Saints.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [8.3 MB]

Interview with Ben Jasnow and John Woodman


Read an interview included in the Open University's PVCRS about my collaboration with Ben Jasnow to translate and illustrate the Idylls of Theocritus. The current issue has some great articles including a wonderful one with Antony Gormley.


Read the PVCRS Interview


Artist Interview


Watch an interview by Bridge PAI Executive Director Matthew Slaats with Ben Jasnow and John Woodman about Ancient Songs, Modern Muses.


Benjamin Jasnow and John Woodman - Ancient Songs, Modern Muses from The Bridge PAI on Vimeo.

Watch a reading by Ben Jasnow


Watch Ben Jasnow read an excerpt from his translation of Idyll 7 in the Bridge PAI. Head on over to Ancient Songs, Modern Muses which is in its final week!


Watch a talk by Ben Jasnow


Watch a talk and reading by Ben Jasnow that opened the Ancient Songs, Modern Muses exhibition now on show at the Bridge PAI, Charlottesville, USA.


Translation by Ben Jasnow


Read one of Ben Jasnow's translations from The Idylls by Theocritus:


Idyll 1


Ancient Songs, Modern Muses


Ancient Songs, Modern Muses


April 5th-26th, 2013


The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, 209 Monticello Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902, USA.


'First Friday' Friday 5th April:Talk and readings 5.30pm. 

Opening / reception 6-8pm.

Open to all so come on down!



Ancient Songs, Modern Muses is a joint exhibition of art and poetry from Charlottesville poet and classicist Ben Jasnow and London-based painter John Woodman. Jasnow and Woodman translate and illustrate the Idylls of Theocritus, the Ancient Greek poet, who lived in the 3rd century BC. His Idylls are intense works of erotic longing, idealised rustic scenes and mythlcal tales. Each original verse translation is paired with several of Woodman's contemporary, interpretive illustrations.


Exhibition possible thanks to generous support from:


UVA Department of Classics

UVA Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures

UVA McIntire Department of Art

Professor A J Woodman, Basil L. Gildersleeve Professor of Classics, UVA

Mary Beardsley and Michael Jasnow



Exhibition Photographs

See photos of the new exhibition by clicking the image on the right.

New Exhibition

It is something 


Jan 17th-Feb 13th, 2013


Milton Gallery, St Paul's School, Lonsdale Road, London SW13 9JT


Private View: Wednesday 23rd Jan from 6.30pm. (Artist talk followed by private view at 7.15). 


Nearest Tube: Hammersmith


It is something is the new exhibition by John Woodman. This collection of paintings have been made over the course of the last year and take inspiration from stories. The writing of CS Lewis is particularly important in these pictures. Although very illustrative the paintings maintain Woodman's fascination with the formal possibilities of paint. There is also a new series of works based on a poem by American poet Ben Jasnow.


To reserve seats for the talk please email Nigel Hunter at Nigel Hunter or John Woodman at


New Painting

Explore (right) is new.


John Woodman's next solo exhibition will take place in January at the Milton Gallery at St Paul's School


Check back for the details, or click here to sign up for news and new work.

Exhibition Photographs

'Powerful and provocative' - Flavorpill


Begin My Muses has just closed.

The exhibition was a great success. If you want to refresh your memory, or if you didn't get a chance to come just click the photo to the right to see what the show was like.

Solo Exhibition


Begin My Muses  

April 2nd-14th, 2012


Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU


Private View: Tuesday 3rd April from 6pm - 8.45pm. 


Nearest Tube: London Bridge


This exhibition by John Woodman is to take place next month at the Menier Gallery just behind Tate Modern. The exhibition is inspired by works of literature, ranging from novels by Salley Vickers and Joan Lindsay to the Narnia books of CS Lewis. The exhibition's title comes from the new series of prints based on the Idylls of Theocritus being made as part of a project with American poet and classicist Ben Jasnow.


New Work, New Website


Hello, and welcome to the new look Please explore: there is a lot of new work on here!


I am delighted to be able to bring these paintings to light at last. The new website is going to be updated far more regularly so keep coming back to check up on progress.


Head over to the Contact page to sign up for updates about exhibitions and new work, and do please get in touch. 


Also, and this is a shock, you can find me on Facebook. 


John Woodman




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