If you love our cover image of Newcastle’s Bogey Hole, then you are likely to fall in love with the incredibly prolific catalogue of Novocastrian artist John Earle. John Earle was welcomed back to the Cooks Hill Galleries as a resident exhibitor about 18 months ago and so we asked Gallery Director Mark Widdup to tell us a little about this amazing local talent.
“John first came to my notice when judging the Gosford art prize, circa 1977, when he exhibited a fine black and white artwork which exposed a detail drawing skill rarely seen! I gave the work a highly commended at the time.
Years went by, and the development of his detailed seascapes and harbour scenes took the limelight. The general feeling was that John’s realism was awe-inspiring, especially when he produced the large panoramic subject.
For those who remember this period (brought to light with this months cover of intouch Magazine), there were the iconic subject matters of Nobby’s headland, The Bogey Hole, Burwood Beach and Merewether to Bar Beach coastline. His art immortalised our local seascape more than anyone before.
John Earle has been the artist who has endured decades as a full-time painter, and he is recognised alongside his art with a survey exhibition at the Newcastle Art Gallery, where followers swelled to maximum capacity at the launch.”
Established in 1975, Cooks Hill Galleries is one of Australia’s leading commercial art galleries. The Gallery presents regular exhibitions and features art within four rooms, with artworks from a stable of quality Australian artists, from contemporary to colonial. For more information visit the gallery in Bull St, Cooks Hill or the website at www.cookshillgalleries.com.au. To view more works by John Earle visit www.cookshillgalleries.com.au/collections/john-earle-art