John Cruthers is a male architect born in Australia, currently working in Australia.

Born in Perth, John graduated from the University of WA in 1976 with an honours degree in literature. It was through the short stories of Henry Lawson that he discovered the Australian painters of the 1890s and a passion for art, which lead to his appointment as student representative on the UWA Art Collection board of management. In 1974 John and his parents began collecting Australian art, focusing on modernism and women’s art.

In 1977 John moved to Sydney to pursue his other passion, film-making. He studied at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and later produced feature films, documentaries and shorts.

In 1985 John began working professionally as an art consultant and private curator. He advised Rupert Murdoch from 1985-91, and in 1987 began working with Reg Grundy and Joy Chambers-Grundy on the Grundy Collection, one of the pre-eminent collections of Australian art of the last 30 years. He currently advises about 20 private clients.

In 2007 his family’s collection of Australian women’s art was donated to the University of WA. Now comprising 600 works by 155 artists, the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art has been described by Ron Radford, director of the National Gallery of Australia, as “the finest private collection of Australian women’s art”. John is curatorial adviser to the Collection and a trustee of the Cruthers Art Foundation, established to support the Collection at UWA.

John has lectured on private collecting and Australian art for institutions and collecting groups. He has written for magazines including Art & Australia, the Australian Art Review, Art Monthly and Australian Aboriginal Art, and wrote regularly on private collecting for Art World. He is an approved valuer for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

As a life-long art collector, John brings passion, enthusiasm, knowledge and focus to his work with clients. His primary aim is to turn people on to the joys of collecting art, which he describes as “educational and broadening, aesthetically satisfying and culturally enriching”. He also stresses the important role private collectors can play in unusual or neglected areas, as his family did in women’s art: “Let’s have private collecting which is informed, intelligent, strategic, playful even; which recognises its potential to be a crucial part of the broader cultural life of Australia.”