Artist Statement: This work is of my fair-haired granddaughters. Attempting to capture their innocence, soft and gentle nature and their playfulness. To me capturing the naivety and innocence of children is why my paintings strike a chord with people. We all remember running around getting up to mischief in the summer holidays when we were small children and it gives me great joy knowing I can bring these memories back for others through my work.
Medium: Mixed media on canvas
Dimensions: 110 h x 110 w cm
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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