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The butterfly catcher

Artist Statement: Not what it seems…. The boy is setting his butterflies free, the  one dancing around so tantalisingly close is the prize he wanted but Keeps on eluding him!
This elusive butterfly is a metaphor for our recently arrived granddaughter for whom we planned to see earlier this month but Cyclone Gabrielle  and floods and  washed out roads put all our plans on hold. - John Maitland

Medium: Acrylic and oil on canvas
Dimensions: 120 x 120 cms
Date: 2023
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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The butterfly catcher