Artist Statement: One of my favourite motifs. What do I hope to achieve...? I'm not satisfied until it emanates… beauty, grace, and joy.
Why do I pursue this motif? I had the good fortune on my travels years ago to see such a sight.
I have retained the memory and simply juxtaposition form and colour.
It was a while ago, some time before everyone carried a phone with a camera facility... no selfies when you’re working, which is exactly what I was doing.
To quote my brother in law to my son on his recent visit to Ireland, just before the hurricane struck. When asked how I was, and was told I was working hard for an upcoming exhibition, quipped "he enjoys himself... that’s s not work." - John Maitland.
Medium: Acrylic oil on canvas
Dimensions: 91 x 122 cms
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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