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)