About 2018-10-11T16:53:31+00:00


John Haycraft has been a professional artist since 1971. Trained as a perspective artist he has over the years developed his interest in watercolour as a medium for expressive painting particularly well adapted for plein-air work. A world traveller, he uses extensive sketching and on the spot painting to capture a sense of place with atmosphere. He works from his studio in Lilyfield, Sydney.

He has won recognition for his architectural work from the British, American and Japanese societies for architectural illustration as well as serving as President of the Australian Association of Architectural Illustrators from 1995-2000. He has lectured in the discipline in various university faculties of architecture since 1979. A collection of his architectural drawings is held in the Mitchell Library, the State Library of New South Wales.

His paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and he has been the recipient of several awards.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • AAI Associate of the Advertising Institute of Australia 1967
  • FSAI Fellow of the British Society of Architectural Illustrators 1987
  • President Australian Association of Architectural Illustrators 1995-2000
  • Accredited CPE provider Australian Institute of Architects, 2011


  • Award of Merit Japan Architectural Rendering Association
  • Award of Merit American Society of Architectural Perspectivists
  • Finalist City of Sydney Art Prize 2009
  • Finalist Winsor & Newton Watercolour Prize 2009
  • Open Winner Newcastle Art Prize 2014, 2016

Publications (featuring work by John Haycraft)

  • Practical Graphics Lyn Lea McGraw-Hill 1990
  • Architectural Rendering Philip Crowe Studio Vista 1991
  • Cox Architects Editor: Stephen Dobney Images Publishing 1994
  • Architectural Renderings Pace Publishing 1997
  • The Griffin Legacy MacKenzie/Wood-Bradley/Vernon National Capital Authority Commonwealth of Australia 2004


  • ‘Just Looking’ Auckland Downtown Gallery 1982
  • Own studio 1996
  • ‘Out of Italy’ Ewart Gallery 2003
  • ‘Impressions of Venice’ Aquarelle Gallery 2007
  • ‘The Paddington Pictures’ Maunsell Wickes at Barry Stern Gallery 2007
  • Centennial Park Foundation Maunsell Wickes at Barry Stern Gallery 2009
  • 15 + 1 Exhibition Studio W 2013
  • ‘Amazing Thailand’ The Royal Art Society 2018


  • Just Looking Batemans 1982
  • Where was I? Haycraft Duloy 2006
  • The Paddington Pictures The Paddington Society 2007
  • 14 Days in Kenya (Monograph) Self-published 2002


  • Central Australia Charles Reid 1995
  • Tuscany David Taylor 1997
  • Venice Alvaro Castagnet 1999
  • Venice Charles Reid 2001
  • Grafton Joseph Zbukvic 2004
  • China Lucy Willis 2005
  • Tunisia Lucy Willis 2007
  • Bavaria Eugen Chisnicean 2014, 2016

Lecturing and teaching

  • Sydney College of the Arts (Interior Design) 1979
  • University of NSW (Faculty of Architecture) 1980
  • University of Newcastle (Faculty of Architecture) 1988, 1989
  • Guest speaker and masterclass Column Design School Osaka 1992
  • Ku-ring-gai Art Society 2009, 2015
  • Art Est Watercolour Class 2010
  • Sydney Community College 2014, 2015
  • Mitchell College of the Arts, Sturt University, Bathurst 2015 – 2018
  • Royal Art Society, Sydney 2018
  • Drawing and painting classes, own studio since 2010 to present
John Haycraft sketching at Sydney Hospital