John Orlando Birt
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Broken Hill-born, John was educated in Adelaide,, South Australia, where he attended the South Australian School of Art majoring in fine art and art history, and later studied industrial design at the Institute of Technology. After graduating he pursued a career in the automotive industry initially designing automobiles here, and then to further his career, worked in USA, Japan, Italy, England and Germany. He now resides in Melbourne.
As a professional artist he retains an avid interest in ‘all things mechanical’; boats feature in many of his watercolours, and planes in many of his oils, having won many awards for his aviation paintings.
Having held over 18 solo exhibitions, some at a prestigious Italian gallery, John spends time most years travelling to Europe to paint on location in Italy, France, England and Portugal – his favourite place to paint outside his home country.
‘The single most important factor in my painting is the mastering of light; that is light portrayed, light reflected and light suffused,’ he explains
‘I enjoy the challenge of capturing the changing moods that light creates at different times of the day and the effects it has on the surroundings, such as buildings, the landscape and water. The atmospheric effect of light always stimulates my artistic eye. As an artist, I believe that painting on location ensures that I capture the essence of the subject especially the subtleties and nuances of that time and place.’