Artist Statement: "I am a boy.
I am tough.
I can't stand still for long.
I can kick a ball higher than anyone in my class.
I have to sit sit still at home.
I never sit still.
My teacher says I'm like a Tadpole. My sisters are o.k but they don't let me play. They play silly games anyway.
I am a boy and this is my kite." - John Maitland.
Medium: Acrylic oil on canvas
Dimensions: 122 x 76 cms
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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