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Alfie in the school yard

Artist Statement:  "This has long been a favourite motif of mine. The children's personalities are forged in the school yard environment. this work was painted in exuberance, the title I gave it was written when it happened and I thought I'd leave it written on the back as a record of the event.... although, 'Alfie in the school yard' title still stands." My nephew Alfie's talent was spotted in the schoolyard, on the day I was painting this, he received a call advising him that he had been chosen to play for Ireland against England as was signed up on the same day by England's Derby County GO ALFIE! - John Maitland.

Medium: Acrylic and oil on stretched canvas
Dimensions: 122 x  178 cms
Date: 2024
Condition: Excellent

CHG Director's Statement: John Maitland is considered by some “one of Australia’s most exciting artists” (John Norris, Prime Arts Publishing), while his works have been referred to as “possessing the exquisite line and colour of a Matisse”.

John Maitland captures children, people, families and indigenous Australians within their environment. His compositions provide insight into the personality of those within his paintings or their connection to the landscape, giving the viewer a yearning for life's simple pleasures. His figurative paintings are colourful, alluring, ethereal, dreamy and command a strong following.


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Alfie in the school yard



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