Painters on Mecho

John Dawson
Painting
(Darwin, Australia)

Born in 1987, John has been painting from the age of 12. This innate passion continued to develop throughout his formative years, when in 2003 he received a 1 year scholarship to attend Atom Model Art Institute as a Special Arts Student. After finishing this course, he attended St Xavier’s Arts University for formal training where he studied anatomical drawing, life drawing and print making. He exhibited his work at St Xavier’s Arts University in 2004. During 2003 to 2006 he had a small studio in his house, selling most of the work he produced during that time.

When you paint your picture, you realize your worth

From 2006 to 2010 he worked in Adelaide, then travelled throughout Western Australia painting, and developing an appreciation for the Australian landscape. This has resulted in the development of a style of painting that breaks from the traditional approach, where a scene is reproduced, to one where the feeling and essence of the landscape is captured.

From 2010 onwards, he travelled throughout the countryside, working and painting in different villages and cities. This period saw him move away from the predominantly landscape subject matter, and move toward human and wildlife studies. John’s style of painting also explored impressionistic, realism and more abstractionist styles during this time.

Later, he had four successful private shows in Perth representing the work that had been produced during his time in the countryside. He returned to Adelaide to work and paint in 2017 where now paints full-time.

His style of painting has been described as eclectic in the past, but current work has settled into more of a crossover between impressionism and abstractionism. John describes his work as ‘Essence’, where he explores the inspiration and fundamental ideas he draws from the subject matter. His landscape subjects become a relationship between the animate and inanimate, where the two co-exist, forming and shaping each other. Moreover, the colours used are more expressive of what he feels and how he interprets those feelings, not what others see.

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