John Pike

American 1911 - 1979


A watercolorist and illustrator, John Pike was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts. He was a student of Charles Hawthorne at Provincetown and then went to Jamaica where he was director of advertising for a rum company for five years. Returning to the United States, he had a full career as an illustrator, painter, and exhibitor of his own watercolors. Magazine illustration commissions included Collier's, Reader's Digest, Life, Fortune and True, and advertising work was for Lederle Labs, Alcoa, Standard Oil, and Falstaff beer. During the Korean War, Pike was in a Combat Art section of the Corps of Engineers and headed a unit that recorded the U.S. occupation of Korea. Memberships included the American Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club, Society of Illustrators, National Academy of Design, and the Woodstock Art Association. During many summers, he taught in Woodstock, New York at the John Pike Watercolor School.

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