John Maitland

REIMAGINING  |  DECEMBER 5TH - 25TH

SOFITEL GALLERY - 61 PHILLIP STREET SYDNEY

 

Reimagining

It’s a long time now since my teacher told us to open a school book on Australia. It had a brown cover with matching brown pictures on the inside which were so boring they burnt a hole in my mind! This led me to stare at the classroom clock, counting the ticks to make the time go faster. No one could be moved to travel here after that schoolboy encounter. There was no silver or gold in that geographic manual and Indigenous peoples were  linked to the stone age!

A few years later, it was the cover of a travel brochure which ignited my interest in Australia. A beautiful seafood platter, boasting a red emperor fish. Since that time, I have been captivated by Australia’s colours and, of course, its people! Its golden landscape paired with silvery sunsets, the grace of our indigenous people and not to mention their unique and dynamic art that one now can access in most capital city galleries worldwide.

I myself was entranced by the Central Desert art exhibition at AGNSW in 2000, and I openly acknowledge that I was greatly influenced by the looseness, depth, drama, and textural quality of those works.  Although I would never imitate indigenous art, I was enthralled at seeing something totally different which gave me the means to explore and reimagine my own works from a base point where I couldn't paint because the colours and landscape were so foreign to me, I was then given the tools to capture the very soul of the Australian landscape and its peoples.


John's work is very expressive and contemporary. People of different cultures is a popular theme and a lot of his works are figurative, reflecting his own awareness of the unique spirituality, grace and unobtrusiveness of the people of various cultures in their landscapes. This is always a great source of inspiration.

John is seen by some as being “one of Australia’s most exciting artists” (John Norris – Director, Prime Arts Publishing UK), while his works have been referred to as “possessing the exquisite line and colour of a Matisse”.

 

Select Works by John Maitland


John Maitland - Lily Pond 2 ; 195 x 115 cm #16948

John Maitland - Lily Pond 2 ; 195 x 115 cm #16948

John Maitland - Tutu 116 x 108 cm #16930

John Maitland - Tutu 116 x 108 cm #16930

John Maitland - Exhilaration 76 x 76 cm #17443

John Maitland - Exhilaration 76 x 76 cm #17443

John Maitland - Beautiful Lily 100 x 150 cm #16937

John Maitland - Beautiful Lily 100 x 150 cm #16937

John Maitland - Blues 3 ; 121 x 200 cm #17135

John Maitland - Blues 3 ; 121 x 200 cm #17135

John Maitland - Study in Reds 1 146 x 118 cm #16675

John Maitland - Study in Reds 1 146 x 118 cm #16675

John Maitland - Blue Basket 146 x 118 cm #16731

John Maitland - Blue Basket 146 x 118 cm #16731

John Maitland - Child Moon 149 x 90 cm #16169

John Maitland - Child Moon 149 x 90 cm #16169

John Matiland - Late September 2013  90 x 124 cm #14993

John Matiland - Late September 2013  90 x 124 cm #14993

John Maitland 'Bush Cricket III' Mixed Media 120cm x 150cm (#14891)

John Maitland 'Friends and Little Yellow Trees' 150cm x 120cm (#14882)

John Maitland - Untitled (Five Girls) 118 x 146 cm #16740

John Maitland - Untitled (Five Girls) 118 x 146 cm #16740

John Maitland 'Field of Lilies' 150cm x 236cm

John Maitland 'Late September II' 138cm x 198cm (#13685) 

#14741 John Maitland 'Golden Day' Mixed Media on Canvas 80cm x 180cm 

#14743 John Maitland 'Seven Girls Running'  Mixed Media on Canvas 72 x 180

John Maitland 'Girls Picnic' 142cm x 142cm

#13474 John Maitland 'Three Girls in White' 105cm x 105cm

#12819 John Maitland 'Fallen Petals' 105x105cm canvas

John Maitland 'Boys & Yellow Tree' 105cm x 105cm

#14743 John Maitland 'White Dresses' Mixed Media on Canvas 72cm x 180cm $6,800

#13477 John Maitland 'Wild Fruits' 60cm x 90cm

#14740 John Maitland 'Little Yellow Trees' Mixed media on canvas 85cm x 75cm 

John Maitland 'Check Dresses' Mixed Media 110cm x 130cm #15201