Wonderfully detailed and emotive landscapes with non-traditional subjects and compositions. Not mountains and lakes in other words.
John is best known for his dramatic, rocky landscapes and his more recent sandscapes. The fine detailed oil paintings on canvas present an aesthetic experience for the viewer to share with the artist.
John’s rocky outcrops portray the “grunt” that has shaped the New Zealand landscape. His treescapes give us time to pause, to contemplate and to reflect. His sandscapes evoke a mystery and a sense of unknown.
His latest works are part of a series based on Post-contemporary Art Theory.
Central to the works is a response to the aesthetics in each painting.
Another central concern is the universal idea of mystery. The enigma of place, a sense of mystery…not understood or known about.
"Shadows are deliberately used to support the unknown by their literal and/or metaphorical content."
The inspiration for these slightly surreal, imaginary landscapes is an upland area in he far Far North, within view of the North Cape Lighthouse at night.