Artworks are first available for purchase by sponsors and dignitaries before being available in person at the Exhibition in Brisbane. Unsold artworks can also be purchased online following the event.
"The 'Aphrodisiac of Melancholy'… a visual collection of thoughts created while in addiction recovery. Playing with my dog Millie in the parks and gardens near my home gave me a safe place to heal and start to manage my mental health without the use of an easy remedy. There is a tail-wagging dog in every image.
The juxtaposition of shape, colour, line and value dominate the artistic process, capturing and guiding the viewer’s attention; creating depth, giving reason."
John’s art journey started when he was very young; drawing and creating to escape his world of conflict. John went on to complete a Degree of Visual Communication at the Queensland College of Art (1978-1982).
From 1983, John forged a career in the Australian film and television industry, using his skills as a set designer, art director and standby props manager. He took early retirement from the entertainment industry in 2020 due to an accident.
John is proudly four years sober. Nowadays, he directs his energy into art endeavours to better manage his mental health and ADHD. He finds it keeps his mind in the present.