Fair Haired Girls (matrix)
Artist Statement: This work is a montage of images of my fair-haired granddaughter. Attempting to capture her innocence, her soft and gentle nature and her 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 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 Board
Dimensions: 120 x 60 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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