About the artist John Pelling
St Thomas's Hanwell Stations of the Cross artist John Pelling studied painting first in Brighton and then at the Royal College of Art, London. After training for the priesthood in Chichester, he became a curate in Hove and later joined the staff of St Mary Abotts, Kensington. He then became Vicar of St Saviours, Shepherd's Bush and subsequently Anglican Chaplain of Nice.
During the early part of his ministry he held a number of one-man exhibitions in London and elsewhere, and more recently two major exhibitions in Dover Street, where he expressed something of the battle between spirit and flesh and the dilemma over the decision to ordain women as priests.
During his time whilst living in Monte Carlo in the south of France he formed and tutored for many years an art group still meeting today. There he painted the last portrait of Graham Greene and renewed his friendship with Francis Bacon, whose paintings have always been an inspiration to him.
He was very happy when asked by Father Peter Andrews to paint 'The Way of the Cross' for St. Thomas's Church, Hanwell, because, as well as being a new venture it is for him a wonderful way of combining his love of painting and his love of the church.