John Thomas Rigby produced fine and commercial art for over 70 years with inspiration from a wide range of sources. We may expect a certain look in the works of an artist. By contrast, the works have varied from subject to subject and period to period. His art has been complimented for a complete mastery of chromatics in their most intense registers.
John Rigby’s story is interwoven with the cultural history of south-east Queensland, particularly that of Brisbane. As a painter, his works rank among the best names in Australian art. Rigby the artist, the teacher and art administrator made an immense contribution to the visual arts and its services.