Artist Statement: This painting symbolises freedom returning..... post Covid 19 era. The kite soars into the sky free of worldly encumbrance , exuberance and exhilaration are palpable as the child controls the skyward flight. The colours, Red and Yellow, symbolic of joy. We are fortunate. One of the few countries to have contained the spread of this viscous virus. As the lockdown eases freedom of movement is slowly starting to take place, ....but it must be carefully calibrated, much like the kites string for a smooth flight. - John Maitland.
Medium: Acrylic and oil on stretched canvas
Dimensions: 90 x 60 cms
Signed: lower left
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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