Azaleas & Pomegranates (P. O. A.)

Azaleas & Pomegranates 80cm x 50cm Original Oil on Belgian Linen by John McCartin P. O. A.

“Painted from life, a complex arrangement of objects from my studio collection together with Azaleas from an Adelaide Hills Nursery. Some pomegranates from out the back plus some autumn leaves which had fallen onto the ground.
The book on the right contains a collection of works by famous Russian artist Nicholai Fechin, The Art and the Life, chosen because of its colour and personal interest and opened at a suitable place to enhance and harmonise with the rest of the painting. The aim was to keep the viewer’s eye moving from one point of interest to the next. Consideration was given to eye-path, subordination of points of interest, colour harmony, edges, etc. A visual smorgasbord of objects of vastly different surface textures, colours, sizes, and shapes.”

John McCartin was born in Sydney on March 9th, 1954. He showed remarkable drawing ability at a young age and felt strangely attracted to the Australian landscape. Painting as a hobby since 1974, John has taken on landscape painting on a professional basis since 1991. John has been influenced greatly by artists such as Hans Heysen, Elioth Gruner and Arthur Streeton whose unpretentious works have inspired him over many years.
John’s subject matter is wide and diverse and he possesses extraordinary drafting skills. He demonstrates great versatility with a wide range of mediums such as pencil, charcoal, conte, pastel, oils and watercolour to produce landscapes, seascapes, floral/still life, human figure/portraits as well as works featuring birds and animals. Visually striking and convincing representations of the real thing, Johns’ works have great beauty and intense realism, designed to stir the heart and lift the soul. John uses colour and tone to create a powerful illusion of space, light and atmosphere. Light, particularly, is a notable feature of his work, prompting comments by viewers, artists and reputable judges. These qualities combined with John’s keen powers of observation, superb drawing skill and passionate response to an inexhaustible array of subjects, sets him apart from most other artists. His works can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide.
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. In 2014, John became a member of the Art Guild Master Painters of the World. Another highlight of John’s career was in 2016 when John was named Grand Master Artist World. Only a few elite artists in the world have this title. 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! This is because John uses such soft light through his scenes. John’s international success still continues to this day.
John has won 115 international art awards and his paintings are excellent investments.