Girls with hibiscus in their hair

John Maitland

Exhibition Statement: "I love hibiscus, the colours they present in are stunning, these flowers were my first  glance of the exotic before I came to Australia, (sad to hear they are no longer fashionable!) And the sumptuously colourful and heady tropical mango fruits were my first taste of the exotic. I took a delight in imagining these flowers and fruits presented by three beautiful islanders against Australia’s glorious blue sky. Ah! Gaugin, your influence lives on.." - John Maitland.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 122 x 200 cms
Date: 2021
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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