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John Sharman

Painting from Nature – the 2014 Collection

Opening and meet the artist – Saturday 5th April from 2pm

Exhibition continues until 13th May 2014

John Sharman is one of this Gallery’s most prolific artists, not only in terms of the large body of work he has produced during a professional career spanning some 35 years, but also in terms of sales.

His followers are usually not satisfied with just one piece and return each time John exhibits here, to catch up with his latest artistic ventures into the Australian landscape. One of his most recent trips was to the Flinders Ranges in August 2013, staying two weeks at the Rawnsley Park Station that faces the southern slopes of Wilpena Pound.

Painting in unseasonably warm winter weather, his daily outings to iconic locations capture the all pervasive ’red earth’, deep blue skies and spectacular landforms so apparent in this, at times, desolate and very often windy place. The en plein air method of painting that John revels in, can be a frustrating experience in these conditions. He found by good fortune ‘that’ once in a generation fertile season which leaves the plains, hills, slopes and mountains coated in shades of green – “a great trip to a great place.”

John’s long-term affair with his neighbourhood Far South Coast is reflected here with works depicting some of his favourite surfing locations like Tomakin, Broulee, Rosedale and the wild rocky crags of the beautiful Guerilla Bay. Seascapes emanate from recent forays, and from his substantial personal collection.

To complete a trio for this Painting from Nature 2014 Collection, locales such as Grenfell, Lake Cargelligo, Parkes, Young, Narrandera and Forbes highlight the rural tranquillity of the Central Western region of NSW.

John Sharman captures the subtle sun-drenched tones of grasses, trees, dusty tracks and laconic outback human habitats in his trademark traditional realist images of this wide, blue, brown, red and yellow land we once referred to as Terra Australis.

Stan d’Argeavel MA Visual Arts (ANU)
Exhibitions Coordinator

Gums Mandamora, oil on board 290x240 mm $460
Gums Mandamora, oil on board 290x240 mm $460
Brachina Gorge, oil on board 490x390 mm $990
Brachina Gorge, oil on board 490x390 mm $990
Bunyeroo Gorge, oil on board 445x340 mm $845
Bunyeroo Gorge, oil on board 445x340 mm $845
Chace Range, oil on board 395x395 mm $845
Chace Range, oil on board 395x395 mm $845
Gums Cliffs Merna Mora, oil on board 285x240 mm $460
Gums Cliffs Merna Mora, oil on board 285x240 mm $460
Merna Mora Gum, oil on board 385x385 mm $460
Merna Mora Gum, oil on board 385x385 mm $460
South End Rosedale, oil on board 385x305 mm $735
South End Rosedale, oil on board 385x305 mm $735
Woolshed Rawnsley Park, oil on board 290x240 mm $460
Woolshed Rawnsley Park, oil on board 290x240 mm $460
Arkaba Gums, oil on board 590x185 mm $735
Arkaba Gums, oil on board 590x185 mm $735
Arkaba Hills, oil on board 740x290 mm $1,100
Arkaba Hills, oil on board 740x290 mm $1,100
Elder Range, oil on board 445x340 mm $845
Elder Range, oil on board 445x340 mm $845
Flinders National. Park, oil on board 745x295 mm $1,100
Flinders National. Park, oil on board 745x295 mm $1,100
Glass House Rocks Narooma, oil on board 740x285 mm $1,100
Glass House Rocks Narooma, oil on board 740x285 mm $1,100
Gums & the Dinosaur, oil on board 485x385 mm $990
Gums & the Dinosaur, oil on board 485x385 mm $990
Melville Pt. Tomakin, oil on board 743x240 mm $990
Melville Pt. Tomakin, oil on board 743x240 mm $990
Morning Cloud Rosedale, oil on board 385x385 mm $845
Morning Cloud Rosedale, oil on board 385x385 mm $845
Southern Cliffs Guerilla Bay, oil on board 430x333 mm $845
Southern Cliffs Guerilla Bay, oil on board 430x333 mm $845
Spring Blossoms Parkes, oil on board 490x390 mm $990
Spring Blossoms Parkes, oil on board 490x390 mm $990
Street Scene (Wombat), oil on board 390x390 mm $845
Street Scene (Wombat), oil on board 390x390 mm $845
Sunpatch Rocks Tomakin, oil on board 485x287 mm $845
Sunpatch Rocks Tomakin, oil on board 485x287 mm $845
The Basin Tomakin, oil on board 385x380 mm $845
The Basin Tomakin, oil on board 385x380 mm $845
Wilpena Pound, oil on board 600x290 mm $990
Wilpena Pound, oil on board 600x290 mm $990
Windmill and Gum, oil on board 290x245 mm $460
Windmill and Gum, oil on board 290x245 mm $460
Gum Tree Forbes, oil on board 390x315 mm $735 (sold)
Gum Tree Forbes, oil on board 390x315 mm $735 (sold)
Far Paddock Lake Cargelligo, oil on board 590x295 mm $990 (sold)
Far Paddock Lake Cargelligo, oil on board 590x295 mm $990 (sold)
Lilli Pilli Beach, oil on board 600x295 mm $990 (sold)
Lilli Pilli Beach, oil on board 600x295 mm $990 (sold)
Island Dunes Broulee, oil on board 385x385 mm $845 (sold)
Island Dunes Broulee, oil on board 385x385 mm $845 (sold)
Merna Mora, oil on board 490x385 mm $990 (sold)
Merna Mora, oil on board 490x385 mm $990 (sold)
Low Dunes Tomakin, oil on board 385x305 mm $735 (sold)
Low Dunes Tomakin, oil on board 385x305 mm $735 (sold)
Morning Frost Grenfell, oil on board 695x190 mm $990 (sold)
Morning Frost Grenfell, oil on board 695x190 mm $990 (sold)
Cazneaux Tree, oil on board 240x290 mm $460 (sold)
Cazneaux Tree, oil on board 240x290 mm $460 (sold)
Murrumbidgee Bend Nerrandera, oil on board 485x283 mm $845 (sold)
Murrumbidgee Bend Nerrandera, oil on board 485x283 mm $845 (sold)
Rawnsley Bluff, oil on board 490x295 mm $845 (sold)
Rawnsley Bluff, oil on board 490x295 mm $845 (sold)
Sparkle Circuit Beach, oil on board 485x380 mm $990 (sold)
Sparkle Circuit Beach, oil on board 485x380 mm $990 (sold)
Boundary Fence Tottenham, oil on board 490x393 mm $990 (sold)
Boundary Fence Tottenham, oil on board 490x393 mm $990 (sold)
Summer Broulee, oil on board 435x330 mm $845 (sold)
Summer Broulee, oil on board 435x330 mm $845 (sold)
Wilpena Escarpment, oil on board 600x295 mm $990 (sold)
Wilpena Escarpment, oil on board 600x295 mm $990 (sold)
Tomakin Beach, oil on board 440x335 mm $845 (sold)
Tomakin Beach, oil on board 440x335 mm $845 (sold)