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About John: -

John has been painting in watercolour from 2002 and oil paint from 2005.

John's style ranges from highly detailed watercolour covering subjects from figurative, to old character buildings, to nature and various abstracts along the way.

John transfers from watercolour to oils to maintain a sense of eclecticism in his style as well as subject matter. He enjoys the ‘forgiveness’ of oil paint but when he has had enough of the turpentine and high energy necessary to paint in oils, he moves back to the containment and cleanliness of watercolour where he can ‘come and go’ as time dictates.

John’s focus is on varied subject matter from around New Zealand. Reticent to be pushed into having a 'favourite' style and artists he admits to being continually drawn to German Expressionism listing Otto Mueller as one of his favoured artists with 'Two Sisters' as the one painting he would like to own.

He stays with Expressionism listing Maglidioni as another favourite with Beggar Woman as a favourite painting.   John lists the German illustrator Tina Berning as a more contemporary  artist he enjoys. John attributes Tina Berning's works to being the inspiration behind his personal project of completing 100 pastel portraits.

John believes that when looking at a painting, it is not a matter of whether you like it or not but what it does to you and whether it changes the way you look at the world. He will also argue that is not important as to whether you understand the intent of the artist as much as how the work affects you and whether you like the work or not, it will still alter you as you will form an opinion which you did not have prior, so therefore you are changed to a greater or lesser degree.

His complete work is offered on this site for your interest and John welcomes any comments.

John's Contact Details: -

John is able to be contacted by email by clicking here or telephone on +64 00 - 06 753 4445.

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John has  exhibited at :-

Lysaght-Watt Gallery, Hawera

Percy Thompson Gallery, Stratford

Real Tart, New Plymouth

Taranaki Arts Revue, 2005, 2006,2007,  2009, 2010 & 2013

Bruce Mason Centre, in association with the NZ Art Guild Inc.

 Black Sands Gallery, Maxwell

Zinkat Gallery, New Plymouth

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts - Palmerston North

Sheila Turner Gallery, Rotorua

Fritz Reuter Gallery, Inglewood

Bookstop Gallery, New Plymouth

Fakes and Forgeries - Yellow Church Gallery, Mangaweka

The Dark End of the Street - Reat TArt, New Plymouth. February 2012

Ship of Souls. The Village Gallery, Eltham. September 2012

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