Artist Statement: My daughter has always loved hats and she has many. She now has three daughters and whenever there is an event, or just an outing calling for them to look their best, they all raid the hat collection. The red hats are their favourite. I always make a point of explaining to people that my imagination plays a huge part in my paintings, as is evident in this piece. The excitement the girls radiate when they dress up with their fancy hats I translate to many of the figures in many paintings as I have in this work.
Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas
Dimensions: 90 x 120 cms
Directors 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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