John Penton Davis (1950-2006) was a self-taught artist and a close friend of The Who.
In 1969 when The Who released their rock opera, Tommy, John bought the album and was inspired to do some paintings from the songs on the record and later in 1972 showed them at an exhibition in the village of Silchester, Hampshire close to his home.
A friend of John’s came to the exhibition and brought along Roger Daltrey with him. Roger was very impressed with the paintings and the following week Pete Townshend also came to Silchester to see John’s work. Pete told John that The Who were about to produce a book about the band’s first ten years and asked him to contribute his illustrations for the book.
John took between two to three months to painstakingly complete each painting and once the book was complete it was finally published in 1977 under the title A Decade of The Who. The book included a section called ‘Artist and Who Freak’ all about John and his work.
Sadly, John Penton Davis passed away in 2006, the result of a tragic car accident. His collected works were bequeathed to his friend Paul Kelly and are now available as archival chromogenic limited edition prints at Rock Paper Photo.