Born June 9, 1920, in London, England, John Berry began his studies in art early in life and won a scholarship to the Hammersmith College of Art, London, in 1934. He was then awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy School of Art in 1939. He volunteered for the R.A.F. in 1940 and served in the Western Desert in the Middle East in 1941. He became War Artist for the 8th army and his paintings from this time were exhibited in the National Gallery in London during World War II. Later, they were permanently housed in the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth, London.
After the war, Mr. Berry designed various advertising campaigns including the creation of the ESSO (Exxon) Tiger in 1951. He also traveled England painting portraits including Lady Ellerman, Sir Felix and Lady Brunner, Lady Astor and her two daughters, the DeHavilland daughters and many more.
Over the next ten years, Mr. Berry painted all the past and present Commandants of the Joint Services Staff College and these paintings are in a special gallery in the Staff College. He also painted portraits from photographs for Harrods clients and exhibited paintings in the Harrod’s Art Gallery.
Mr. Berry also worked for Ladybird Books for 25 years, illustrating many books including his own series "People at Work" and the "Hannibal Hamster" series. He also illustrated many books and book covers for Corgi, Four Square, Panther, Penguin and Readers Digest.
Mr. Berry is currently exhibiting in the Patterson Gallery, London, where Tom Selleck recently purchased Mr. Berry's painting entitled "Foxhounds." He is also exhibiting his watercolors and gouache paintings in the Driffold Gallery, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. John Berry is now being exclusively represented in the United States by Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas.