John Giese



1954 Born in Maclean N.S.W.
Lives and practices in Bangalow New South Wales
Graduate Diploma Fine Art


2015 New Works, Anthea Polson Art, Qld (October)
2014 Miniatures – A Christmas Exhibition, Anthea Polson Art, QLD
2013 Beyond The Known Solo Exhibition, Anthea Polson Art, Qld
2012 Way Of The River Grafton Regional Gallery NSW
2012 Manyung Gallery, Victoria
2012 Totem Butler Goode, Sydney
2011 8 Days Before Christmas Our Artists’ Special Christnas Show, Anthea Polson Art, Qld
2011 Red To Blue – paintings from the Kimberley’s (with Robert Ryan) Anthea Polson Art, Qld
2011 Art Melbourne
2010 Art Sydney
2010 Manyung Gallery Victoria
2010 Art Melbourne
2010 Art Piece group show, Mullumbimby NSW
2009 Balmain Art Show, Sydney
2009 Art Sydney
2009 Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza Victoria
2009 Francis Keevil Gallery, Double Bay Sydney
2009 Comeback Group Show 19 Karen, Mermaid Beach Gold Coast
2009 Argyle Hotel Gallery, Maclean
2009 Barebones Bangalow
2008 October, Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza Victoria
2008 September, Group Exhibition Art Piece Gallery Mullumbimby
2008 July Group exhibition Cape Gallery Byron Bay
2008 May, Grafton Regional Gallery
2008 January, Barebones Art Space, Bangalow
2007 Art Piece Gallery, Mullumbimby
2006 Border Art prize
2006 Winner works on canvas Southern Cross Art Festival
2006 Group exhibition Waywood “Revelations 10 “.
2006 Waywood smalls’ exhibition.
2006 Group exhibition Arthouse Australia Yamba.
2000 Exhibition of large works on canvas at the BASE Gallery Byron Bay.
1999 Waywood smalls exhibition.

Public Art

1998 Mural recreation building Maclean Shire Council
2004 Murals on power poles Lismore City Council
2005 Design and paint mural to Education van Lismore City Council

– Currently exhibiting work at Barebones Bangalow, Art Piece Mullumbimby, Butler Goode Gallery Paddington Sydney, Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza and Sorrento Melbourne, Glenferrie Contemporary, Malvern, Vic

Artist Statement

January 2011

In my practice I am responding to the primary motifs as real, gradually enticing life, light and movement into the work; endeavouring to keep the work open and spontaneous as long as possible. I have continued to work with this approach in my paintings of Wild Dogs, Bulls, Cows and other symbols of primal power or presence.
These paintings are direct and engage the viewer. Dogs have a long term relationship with our species, and more personally my self. They are a metaphor for human beings and our journey through life. They are decorative, individual, scarred and possess a physical confidence. These works address issues of freedom and presence.
My compositions are designed to create tension and rhythm. My colour schemes have a symbolic language: earth colours represent the elements while the primaries represent light and its spectrum. A mixture of surface finishes and linear marks create a variety of visual stimulation. The formal qualities I use aim to effect the viewer; to make them feel they are in the presence of something human, something authentic and something very rare.

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