John Lancashire is a contemporary New Zealand painter living in Hawke’s Bay, also known as Monday Painter.
John has been an artist for 20 years, over the past 10 years, he has built a reputation as a serious artist. Working in fine oils on canvas, Lancashire specializes in expressionist still life works imbued with character.
Images of cut flowers in vessels are rendered with loose, gestural brushstrokes in contrasting warm and cool colours; sensitively allowing us to bring an object together through a beguiling combination of colour and form.
This playfulness and deliberate interplay with the viewer is evident not just in Lancashire’s technique but also in his subject matter. The titling of his works provides insight that there is more to his paintings than a beautifully rendered bloom; there is an element of quiet amusement that the painter willingly shares with us.
Of his process, Lancashire states, “The imagery in my paintings stems from my response to things; ideas that I become slightly obsessed with. It could be a particular colour, a shape, a phrase; I store them somewhere. The mechanical act of painting, or making a mark, brings them out”.
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