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John Wilson, Sunrise MurrundiTitle
Sunrise Murrundi

In storage

Place of origin
New South Wales, Australia



Winner Calleen Award 1994

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Excerpt from The Calleen Collection by Peter Haynes (2019)

John Wilson began his career in the arts as a professional musician before taking up painting. His first solo exhibition was held in 1979 and since then he has shown in numerous solo and group shows in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Japan as well as in Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Art Society, an institution that has provided a number of Calleen Prize winners. A book on his art – John Wilson – The Journey Continues – was published in 2014. He lives and works in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.

Sunrise Murrundi is a beautiful work. The looming presence of the mountain dominates the image providing a dramatic background to the idyllic bucolic scene at the front of the picture plane. The mountain is shrouded in mist that imbues its shadowy identity with an atmospheric intensity that stands in strong contrast to the detailed depiction of the paddocks and houses that sit in front of it. The background blue tones of mountain and sky are also tonally demarcated from the ochres, yellows and greens of the foreground. The blue-grey wisps of smoke emanating from the houses and drifting upwards over the mountain and towards the sky provide visual connections between background and foreground in a deft yet subtle manner. This is a quintessential Australian scene painted with skill and technical confidence. The power of its atmospheric beauty allied with the subject clearly captures the ethos of our land.