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John Roome

Brief Biography

Roome obtained a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from Rhodes University in 1975 and a Doctor Technologiae: Design from Cape Peninsular University of Technology in 2014.


Roome retired from full time lecturing in 2016. He was  senior lecturer in Fine Art at Durban University of Technology where he taught drawing, printmaking, papermaking, painting, art theory, and assisted in the co-ordination of the Fine Art Programme. Roome is still extensively involved in the Masters in Fine Art Programme as a supervisor and co-supervisor. He has successfully supervised numerous Masters Students in Fine Arts and other related programmes over the last ten years.

Roome’s own research interests are focused around Creative Practice Based Research Methodologies and Creative Drawing Research.

Roome has held 12 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions in a career that spans 40 years. His creative work includes a variety of media such as painting, printmaking, hand papermaking, drawing, digital drawing and animation. He has works in a number of Public Art Collections including the Durban Art Gallery.

In addition to his creative outputs, Roome has published a number of papers related to his doctoral research (Creative Applications of Basic Computer Software: A Practice-Led Exploration of Visual Art and Design Thinking Through Drawing and Animation). 

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