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“This charmingly peaceful English country street scene, of course is not complete without that puddle of water reflecting the wonderful English light. Tell me is it still raining there in England is a song which comes to mind. We were visiting Castlecombe, and the locals suggested we should visit Lacock village, approx. 10kms away, one of the locations where Harry Potter was filmed. Lacock has many medieval type buildings looking rather eerie. Not far away is this lovely cottage residence in a delightful setting tucked away in the lush green vegetation which caught John’s eye. The memory of this wonderful experience, walking along on this quiet and peaceful stretch of road without a care in the world makes me want to do it again.”
John McCartin was born in Sydney on March 9th 1954, and showed remarkable drawing ability at a young age and felt strangely attracted to the Australian landscape. Painting as a hobby since 1974, John has now taken on landscape painting more seriously and on a professional basis since 1991. He has been influenced greatly by artists such as Hans Heysen, Elioth Gruner and Arthur Streeton whose unpretentious works have inspired him over many years.
In 2011 John won International Artist Magazines prestigious first prize, making him ‘Best artist in the world’. It was a complete surprise to a humble John, yet a reward for the incredible artworks he produces. As part of his prize, John was given the opportunity to travel and paint through the English countryside & through areas of Europe. His six-week study tour created some amazing paintings, of which this is one. John who lives in South Australia travels widely to capture his subjects, always making sketches and studies as he travels. He has been described by many of Australia’s leading artists as one of the most talented artists in Australia and now the world agrees! John who lives in South Australia travels widely to capture his subjects, always making sketches, and studies as he travels. He has been described by many of Australia’s leading artists as one of the most talented artists in Australia and as the young “Hans Heysen”. This is because he uses such soft light right through each scene. In 2014 John won a staggering 26 international art prizes, and many more prizes in 2015, where thousands of entries are received from around the world. In 2016 John was named Grand Master Artist World, only a few elite artists in the world have this title. As at 2023 John has now amassed 115 International art prizes. He has two galleries in America and One Gallery in France where his art is sold.