John Maltby’s distinctive style is loved and appreciated by many who favour a different take on life. His strong themes are mostly figurative and inspired by ancient cultures and English historical figures, myths and legends, but are informed by modern society and current affairs. The use of symbolic animals and creatures can be interpreted as statements of the artist’s view of the world in which we live now, but the interpretation is left entirely to the viewer. John Maltby’s work is widely collected and is a certain favourite here at Pyramid Gallery.
John was born in Lincolnshire in 1936 and went on to study at Leicester College of Art and Goldsmith’s College in South London. He worked with David Leach before starting his own pottery at Stoneshill, near Crediton, Devon in 1964 and has remained there since. He has lectured in the UK and abroad, and is exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
His work changed in the 1990’s from wheel thrown pottery to the current hand formed figurative sculptures. Pyramid Gallery has been representing John Maltby since 2012. Pyramid’s owner Terry Brett has been an admirer of John’s work for much longer than that ‘ It took fifteen years to get my first batch of work from John. I visited Stoneshill every now and then, asking for work, but he always said we were too close to another gallery that was in Harrogate. Eventually, that gallery closed and because I had got to know John over all those years, he graciously agreed to supply Pyramid. This has been a saviour for Pyramid Gallery, during the very worst part of the recession caused by the financial crisis that occurred in 2008, John Maltby’s work attracted new collectors. We have sold over 200 of his sculptures and many other items to those collectors in those 4 years and owe our survival and current success very much to John Maltby. My hero.’ TERRY BRETT owner of Pyramid Gallery 2016