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Landscape is the main focus of John’s work, generally using a contemporary, semi-abstract style in acrylics with some mixed media and collage. He relishes trying to discover and portray fresh elements in what might seem conventional scenes, and to extract something of the beauty and power of places and objects often overlooked as ‘ordinary’ or unpicturesque. An abiding interest has been the moods of the land and the effects of human intervention on the landscape. The flat outback with its salt lakes, bare hillocks, side horizons and derelict settlements and mines has been a major feature of the work.
Recently, colourful collages (composed of acrylic-painted paper on paper) have been a distinguishing mark of his style. These collages bring together a variety of recollected images and aspects of a landscape, creating a striking effect, at once different from one’s normal perceptions and yet evoking clearly their origin. They have been very popular and have featured regularly in exhibition award lists.
2011 Commended Lane Cove Art Society Exhibition Finalist, Artists of Mosman Exhibition, Mosman Regional Gallery
2010 First Prize, Contemporary Section, Society of Mountain Artists Exhibition
Commended, Blackheath Art Prize
Highly Commended, Northbridge Art Prize
2009 Residency, Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong
First Prize, Contemporary Section, Society of Mountain Artists Exhibition
2008 Second and Commended, Oil and Acrylics Section, and Second in the Contemporary Section, Society of Mountain Artists
2007 Finalist, Calleen Acquisition Prize, Cowra Regional Gallery
Finalist, Blacktown City Art Prize, Blacktown Regional Gallery
First Prize, Oil and Acrylics Section, Society of Mountain Artists Spring Exhibition
2006 and prior years’ Awards include: Featured Artists at Wentworth Falls Art Festival; Highly Commended in the Blacktown Art Prize; First Prize, People’s Choice, Highly Commended and Commended Awards in Blackheath Art Society
John’s paintings are represented in collections in Australia, New Zealand, USA and the United Kingdom.