The Little Yellow Tree
Artist Statement: In this work I've used one of my favourite motifs—the little yellow tree. This is always used in my work as a symbol of new life or the joy that the colour yellow brings whether in sunlight , flowers, etc. Metallic paint is also used as a backdrop to the children picking the flowers of the little yellow tree. The lustre of metallic greens sweep around the child in the foreground to focus and emphasize the child's absorption, marvelling at the beauty of the posy of little yellow flowers.
Medium: Mixed media on board
Dimensions: 120 h x 120 w cm
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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