"John Earle first came to my notice when judging the Gosford art prize, circa 1977, when he exhibited a fine black and white artwork which exhibited a detail drawing skill rarely seen! I gave the work a highly commended at the time. Years went by and the development of his detailed seascapes and harbour scenes took the limelight. The general feeling was that John’s realism was awe inspiring!" Mark Widdup
To describe my art will take a bit of a meander because that best describes the results of my efforts over the past 42 plus years! I had a beginning of sorts in 1976 when I enrolled at Newcastle Art School where I undertook a 4 year Diploma in Art and then spent a fifth year doing a post graduate Diploma in Art (graduating in 1980).
During my college years at Newcastle Art School (1976 to 1980) I had a natural aptitude for realism… if I looked at something and drew - the result would be a kind of realism… in proportion with shading, perspective, etc… For better or worse… realism!
My most influential artist at the time was Salvador Dali, from his paintings and his writings… (2 autobiographies and a novel). Dali had a great respect for academic painting.
In the next few years following art school I began exhibitions of paintings at Cooks Hill Galleries, in Newcastle and Barry Stern Galleries, in Sydney. Realism had been a natural fit and my subject matter was Landscape… although seascapes mainly as I was usually somewhere close to the coast.
So, many of those early years and decades from 1981 I was painting the coastlines that I saw most, those of Sydney and Newcastle.
Soon after my exhibiting career began I added some 'surrealised' landscape experiments to my exhibitions. They were popular enough to allow me to continue developing the styles of this alternate work. It takes commitment but I’m trying to do a reasonable job of being 2 artists. It’s not because I want to… I’m fond of convention… but when I look back at the work it very much looks like that of at least two people.
One of my favourite cross over styles is my new pixelated work released under the pseudonym Larry Patience. This name came about after my wife Amanda created numerous anagrams from our surnames EARLE and PITCAIRN. Larri Patience was a name that was easy for me to remember, suggesting an alternate persona and a mask!
To me these new pixelated works are a colour study of the intended subject... reduced in form with a focus on colour. It’s a kind of mechanical impressionism that reminds me of our printer (attached to our computer) in the way it punches out a picture line after line, side to side. They relate directly to the photo realism. The machine-like pixel strip paintings are like a digital photo image broadened with detail and becoming out of focus.
In the same style the ‘Blob’ paintings and the ‘Quilted’ paintings that have appeared in the last few years incorporate some of my favourite things about Abstract Art… colour vibration and optical illusion.
My wife Amanda once wrote on Facebook “See Newcastle’s painting machine” when I had a new exhibition opening with the two styles (Work from John Earle and Larri Patience) on show… I like the title and the implied insensitivity of a machine amuses me!
The why? Now might be a bit different from the why in 1976 or 1981 - but probably not by much… !
Art in all its variations is still the thing that interests me most in human culture.
I’m a fan of painting as an art form… it’s a real treat to be able to participate!
Like many landscape painters I have painted from wherever I have been. Not a big traveller I still manage to have worked on subjects from Europe, USA, Bali, Maldives and many other parts of Australia.
We recently welcomed John Earle back to the CHG represented artist stable! CHG will handle John’s painting sales going forward as his primary art gallery.
John first came to my notice when judging the Gosford art prize, circa 1977, when he exhibited a fine black and white artwork which exhibited a detail drawing skill rarely seen! I gave the work a highly commended at the time.
Years went by and the development of his detailed seascapes and harbour scenes took the limelight. The general feeling was that John’s realism was awe inspiring, especially when he produced the large panoramic subject. For those who remember this period there was the iconic subject matters of Nobby’s headland, The Bogey Hole, Burwood Beach and Merewether to Bar Beach coastline. In fact, his art immortalized our local seascape more than anyone before! (Perhaps Rod Bathgate being the exception).
John Earle has been the artist who has endured decades as a full-time painter and he himself is recognized alongside his art with a survey exhibition at the Newcastle Art Gallery, where his art following swelled to maximum capacity at the launch.
Earle now wants to refocus his art direction and will also exhibit the new Larri Patience series and resin pop art sculpture.
Mark Widdup, CHG Director.
2015 Nobby’s Lighthouse Exhibition, Caretaker Cottage #1, Nobby’s Headland.
2013 Victoria’s coastline, Beaumaris Art Group, Beaumaris.
2012 Newcastle, for Merewether High School, Newcastle.
2011 Sydney Paintings, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney.
2011 Local Landscapes, for La Valla School, Cambodia, Newcastle.
2011 The Newcastle and Bali coastline, for ‘Surfest’, Newcastle.
2010 Oceanscapes, for Beyond Blue, Newcastle
2010 Surfing Destinations, for ‘Surfest’ Newcastle
2008 Landscape, Maunsell Wickes at Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney.
2006 Paintings + Graphics, Gallery 460, Gosford.
2004 Confessions from both sides of a bad brain, Marlene Antico Fine Arts, Sydney.
2004 Panoramic Vision, Survey Exhibition at Newcastle Art Gallery Newcastle.
2001 Pymble Ladies College, Sydney.
1997 Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney.
1996 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1995 Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney.
1993 Valerie Cohen Fine Art, Sydney.
1993 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1992 Headlands, Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney.
1991 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1990 Barry Stern Exhibiting Gallery, Sydney.
1989 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1988 Barry Stern Exhibiting Gallery, Sydney.
1987 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1986 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1985 Barry Stern Exhibiting Gallery, Sydney.
1984 Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney.
1984 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1984 Tom Silver Fine Art Gallery, Melbourne.
1983 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1983 Barry Stern Exhibiting Gallery, Sydney.
1981 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
2017 Kilgour Art Prize, NAG, Newcastle.
2014 Laman Street Art Prize, Newcastle.
2014 Terrigal Plein Air Painters, Gosford.
2011 Paddington Art Prize, Menzies Art Brands Gallery, Sydney.
2011 Flowers & Plants, John Earle Studio, Newcastle.
2009 Maunsell Wickes @ Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney.
2008 Interpretations…Coal River Precinct, The John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle.
2008 Small Works II, Borg Galleries, Gosford.
2005 Swell, Lake Macquarie Art Gallery.
2004 Old Town, New City, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle.
2002 Australian Realist & Modern Painters, The Rotunda, Central Hong Kong.
2001 Selected Works, Maitland City Art Gallery.
2000 Recent Paintings, Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney.
2000 Station Masters Cottage, Toronto.
1999 Station Masters Cottage, Toronto.
1999 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1999 Towards Sydney 2000 - 16 Australian Contemporary Painters, The Rotunda, Central Hong Kong.
1998 Moulton Galleries, Mosman.
1998 Out of Australia, Lui Hai-su National Art Museum, Shanghai.
1998 The Group Show, Gallery Attica, Katoomba.
1998 Waterways, Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1998 Paintings of Summer, Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney.
1997 Images of the Heart, TAFE Hunter Street Art School, Newcastle.
1996 Save the Reef, Internet Art Auction, University of Sydney.
1996 Images of the Heart, TAFE Hunter Street Art School, Newcastle.
1996 Palm Beach, Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney.
1995 Glimpses of Everyday Life, Lake Macquarie Art Gallery.
1995 The Nobby’s Collection, exhibition and book launch, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery.
1994 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW.
1993 Survey of Male Artists of the Hunter Valley, Maitland City Art Gallery.
1992 Major Works Paintings and Drawings, Prince & Cohen, Sydney.
1992 Milestones, University of Newcastle.
1992 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW.
1992 Regional Art Galleries of NSW, Travelling Exhibition.
1991 Five Years On, Barry Stern Exhibiting Gallery, Sydney.
1990 Summer Exhibition, Dempsters Fine Art, Canterbury.
1990 Realism & Landscape Painting, Hill-Smith Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide Festival of Arts Exhibition.
1990 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW.
1989 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW.
1988 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW.
1987 Harbour Foreshores, Mosman Gallery, Sydney.
1987 Ten NSW Artists, Editions Galleries, Melbourne.
1987 A Survey of Australian Drawing, Hill-Smith Fine Art, Adelaide.
1987 Barry Stern Exhibiting Gallery, Sydney, for release of publication, ‘New Art One’.
1986 Five Artists at Barry Sterns, Barry Stern Exhibiting Gallery, Sydney.
1983 Landscape Now, Solander Gallery, Canberra.
1982 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1982 Ten Realist Painters, Barry Stern Exhibiting Gallery, Sydney.
1981 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW.
Elioth Gruner Prize for Landscape, Art Gallery of NSW.
Bradmill Prize, Maitland Show.
Charles Raisbeck Memorial Prize and Drawing Award, Cessnock.
Cecily Mitchell Watercolour Prize, Maitland Show.
Singleton Art Prize, local section.
Maitland Art Prize, co-winner.
Weston Art Prize
Newcastle Club Foundation Art Prize.
Newcastle Art Gallery
Cessnock City Art Gallery
Coal & Allied Collection
Carrington Coal, Nobby’s Collection
Private Collections (Australian & International)