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John Maitland was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England and at age 15 was awarded a scholarship to study art at Kings College.
‘One of Australia’s most exciting contemporary artists’. Skilfully executed oil and acrylic paintings are informed by figurative expressionism. They are imbued with rigorous colour and texture to denote emotive nuances. Achieving poignancy through a unique perspective which resonates throughout John’s cohesive presentation.
John Maitland has held many successful exhibitions in QLD and NSW and was a finalist in the ‘Tribute to Mary McKillop’ exhibition. His entry was nominated as one of the finest in the show and was part of a national tour in 1996. Since, his work has been reproduced as prints by a leading British publishing company. One of these was in the final two of the international print competition in Amsterdam in 1998.
His 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.
He recently held a highly acclaimed exhibition in the Grafton Regional Gallery where two of his works were acquired for the gallery’s permanent collection.
John is seen by some as being ‘one of Australia’s most exciting artists’ (John Norris – Director, Prime Art Publishing UK), while his works have been referred to as ‘possessing the exquisite line and colour of a Matisse’ (Art Director – Lotus Gallery). John’s works and dialogue can ve viewed alongside the likes of Picasso and Matisse.