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A life long artist who loves what he does – and loves to show others how to!
Amazing Studio
Our Work space
About John
A Creative Enthusiast!
Over forty years as an exhibiting artist in all mediums with a management skill set developed in the fields of graphic & visual arts, sign manufacture, set design & props manufacturing for the film industry.

John has managed galleries in the Riverina N.S.W. Central Outback in WA and various locations across Australia both as artist in residence and manager. He is experienced in producing & managing artwork for commercial application. As an owner & general manager of several commercial manufacturing businesses John (Link to John Rigby) has also developed software for the graphics industry & is well recognized by his peers within the art fields for his achievements as an artist, designer & business manager.
The Barbed Wire Studios
Art Retreats
The Barbed Wire Art Retreats hosted by John and Veronica Rigby are for folk of all levels of art ability, from beginner through to those more accomplished. The idea is for us to provide a venue and a platform that will allow attendees to explore, develop and improve their own unique artist’s skillset and at the same time take the opportunity for the peace and tranquillity of the Towamba Valley to improve temperament, body and soul.

It is about you, taking the opportunity to spend time with John Rigby and other artists to soak up whatever you feel will work for you. We all paint differently, there are no defined conditions or expectations from the retreat though you will be able to absorb techniques, tips, tricks and arts advice and coaching as you feel comfortable to do so.

You can expect a caring and sharing environment where encouragement is the key, we all have beautiful art inside us and if you want to bring it out here is a simple, basic venue to express it and do so.
Painting & Art Retreat Info
About John Rigby
Born in 1955 John is an artist in the truest sense of the word. A teller of stories in paint, canvas & song. He balances a successful career as a professional exhibiting & commercial artist with his passion of songwriting, singing, recording & performing.

John has a rich history of expressing himself through most artistic forms including set design & prop making for movie & theatre production as well as creating graphics & artworks for commercial reproduction.

John has painted & sculpted his way through over forty years of exhibitions, including the “Billy Tea” invitational for noted Australian Outback Artists at Winton, a sellout exhibition at the former International Art Gallery, Perth, Western Australia & a major exhibition “The Stockman” at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Longreach, Qld.
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Large Scale Projects
Commissioned Projects
Projects Completed
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We turn your concept into reality – with a creative flair
Commissioned Work
When it comes to creative projects you can entrust the project to John and his team of hand picked artisans. Whether is the recreation of a classic moment in time in paint or a hand rendered logo or graphic design – you can rest easy, and have faith is 40 years of high level competency in understanding clients needs and wishes.
Our Services
We take pride in our approach to the creative pursuits. Offering hand crafted paintings, artworks to deliver positive and functional results to your environment.
Art Courses
  • Book on or our scheduled courses
  • We offer personalised tuition
  • Landscape, pictorials or work to your choice
  • Taking your concept to reality
  • Residential to Corporate
  • Art creation from formal to outrageous
  • Original Artworks by John Rigby
  • Water Colours
  • Oils and Mixed Media
  • Traditional Sign or Brush lettering
  • Residential, Commercial and Corporate
  • From an item to a complete premises
  • Buildings, Walls if you name it we print or sign it
  • Limited edition prints
  • Signed artist proofs
  • Art prints made to order
Our Awesome Skills
Communication- 100%

We are great listeners.

Commissioned Work- 80%

Always room for improvement & Growth.

Artist Originals - 95%

Creation of original art concepts in print & other media.

Special Art, Sign in Commercial Projects & - 85%

Create a unique environment with our originals or your ideas.

Art & Lettering Mentoring- 75%

Have fun while you learn.

Our Happy Clients
"I invested in a John Rigby Original Water Colour in vivid colours and an old car and kids having fun. Every day I admire the painting and the enjoy your art – thank you John for adding some colour and fun in my life"

Daniel, Sydney
"We commissioned John to produce a large scale wall mural to a cement rendered wall approximately 20x 3M. It still looks great to this day. Thank You again"

Barbara, South Coast
"Hi John - Hardly a day goes by when I don't look at and enjoy the limited painting I purchased 'Years' Ago from you - I just had to say thanks!"

Jessi, Adelaide
" I purchased an Austraian Outback Scene from your Exhibitions at longreach - It's wonderful and many of my friends love it as well! - Thank You"

Stella, Gold Coast
"We love that the people at were so helpful, knew their products and delivered an awesome quality job"

Gareth, Sydney
"When you deal with John at Barbed Wired Studio you just know they are listening to your needs and produce wonderful creative projects as we discussed – I highly recommend them"

Rino, Nelson Bay NSW
Our Portfolio
We offer a range of our current and previous works of art in this show case – if you interested in a particular item please enquire
The Bush
The BushCattleman
Nature of AustraliaBirds
The Bush
The BushCattle Drive
By the Sea
By the SeaRowboat
VehiclesBilly Cart
VehiclesVW Combi
By the Sea
By the SeaSeagulls
Nature of AustraliaFrogs
nature of AustraliaKookaburras
The Bush
The BushGeneral Store
NatureCan We Talk
NatureFalling Apart
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