John Mutsaers MA
Celebrating 39th solo exhibition
I have been a full-time professional artist since 1983. So far I have held 39 solo exhibitions including a successful London exhibition in 2006 and a group exhibition with selected Australian artists in Shanghai. This successful exhibition was held with the assistance of the Australian Trade Commission in 2008.
My work is influenced by painters such as Archie Colquhoun, John Singer Sargent, Vincent van Gogh, Max Meldrum, Lucien Freud, Fred Williams, Kees Bol and John Balmain who taught me composition and the principles of tonal painting.
I am represented in public, corporate, and private collections around the world, including The Nederlands, England, Ireland, USA, China, Canada and Australia.
The late, HRH Princess Margaret, UK,
(Astronaut, Moon walker- Apollo 16)
I was born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 1942, and come from generations of artists on both sides of my family. I arrived in Melbourne in 1956.
My earliest memory of being rewarded for my artwork was when my kindergarten teacher pinned my drawing of a boy opening a water tap on the classroom wall. I was five at that time. I don’t remember the name of the nun but I believe that her encouragement was the impetus to my career today. Now 70 years later I can recall that drawing well enough to reproduce it.
I have held 39 solo exhibitions including a successful London exhibition in 2006 and a group show in Shanghai with the Australian Trade Commission in 2008.
Although I mainly paint I also love to sculpt and my first international success was a sculpture based on C J Dennis’ poem, “The Sentimental Bloke,” which, was sold in New York in 1994.
My large stone and steel sculptures, “Forks in Spuds,” were a featured solo exhibition for two months in six locations around Federation Square and on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne in 2008. The sculptures were part of an artistic response to the United Nations’ call for an end to world hunger. They are now permanently placed along the Princess Highway near Trafalgar, Victoria, Australia.
My 39th Exhibition “The Infinite Birdcage” was shut down two weeks into a six-week season complying with the Covid lockdown.
Since then I have relied on people who are interested to visit my website
My exhibition curator suggested that I put out a batch of smaller and cheaper works during the Covid season. I embarked on depicting a set of horse’s heads on small 30cm x 30cm canvasses. I advertised them on social media such as FB and Instagram. So far, I have sold four out of five.
I am grateful to have this income in such a security tight period; small successes are worthy successes in any season.