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In 2015 John won “Most Successful Exhibitor in USA” part of the prize was to take a 7 week painting holiday to paint anywhere in the world. John chose the UK and was inspired by the history both in structures, buildings and also the collectable artefacts from antiques to old wares. John was fascinated in the many ceramic manufactures in the UK who made all manner of items including crockery and ornaments. Many of Johns’ successful art competitions in USA include his still life paintings where he has taken out many prizes including best “Still Life” in the American Art Awards 2017. American judges love his works because they include such desirable elements of a prize winning entry…subtle reflections, soft edges, as the objects disappear into the background, but enough information is given in the foreground to retain your attention. For example the beautiful subtle reflections in the brass jug, and the bright warm colours of the peaches adding vibrancy – the more you look at this painting, the more you see. A still life (from the Dutch, stilleven) is a painting featuring an arrangement of inanimate, everyday objects, whether natural objects (flowers, food, wine, dead fish and game, etc.) or manufactured items (books, bottles, crockery, etc
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.