Bushland Gums


Bushland Gums 42cm x 37cm Charcoal (under glass).
Original artwork by John McCartin.

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John said; “This painting was based on a scene I discovered in Woodside one of the quaint villages found in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. Awed by the beauty of this location I stopped and hopped out of my car to take it all in.” The Adelaide Hills region is a beautiful rich mountain area sandwiched in between the McLaren Vale grape area, and the wide-open spaces of the inland plains of the Murray Valley SA. For many years it was dairying area creating great wealth but this changed when hobby farmers and yuppies moved in to take up land for hobby farms, thus continuing the wealth in this district. Its claim to fame is a stunning Bluestone built homes, small villages and of course now vineyards that sees more and more visitors travelling to the Adelaide Hills district. This delightful gum tree with its twisted and gnarled branches is a living work of art. Many River Red Gums grow throughout the Adelaide Hills some of which have been growing for hundreds of years and because of the low rainfall they tend to grow out rather then up but as they do these magical shapes are just made for artists like John.
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.

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