John Dudley was born in Shanghai, China in 1931 and came to Australia as a refugee just prior to Pearl Harbour. He was educated in Melbourne and at Hong Kong University.
He has at various times been a Naval Officer, Oriental Linguist and International Broadcaster with Radio Australia,
John commneced serious study of painting in 1967 and spent six years as a student of Shirley Bourne who was an eminent portraitist. He also studied watercolour with the late Brian Gilligan. He has also studied printmaking, etching and sculpture.
He has won many awards including first and second prizes at Camberwell Rotary and The A.M.E. Bale Watercolour Prize.
John is represented in Commonwealth, corporate, local government and private collections in Australia and overseas. He is a member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters and former President of the Ferntree Gully Arts Society and Emerald Arts Society.
For some years John has not exhibited at commercial galleries, but continues to paint and teach. His works can be purchased though personal appointment from his studio in Emerald, Victoria.