Having visited Karijini National Park in WA’s Pilbara previously, I was very excited to return to paint en plein air studies, and gathering photographic reference for this exhibition. Although far more comfortable today, I love Karijini’s remoteness, it’s breathtaking scenery and fabulous colour, making it an artist’s paradise.
My work overall is becoming more expressive and gestural, but here I found the power and raw beauty of the scenery taking over as I attempted to capture its essence in oil.- John Lacey.
John Lacey has painted for over thirty years in various mediums. He now concentrates on oil and has exhibited very successfully in WA for over ten years. Although residing in South Australia, he loves the northern Western Australian landscape, having made several en plein air painting trips to the Kimberley and Pilbara. He is able to attract the viewer through his honest representation of the beautiful formations and hues of the north of our state. His work is ever developing and can be described as expressive contemporary landscape, which has a strong design quality and at times borders on the abstract without loosing a sense of place. This style is what attracts people to admire & collect his work from all over Australia.