If the 2020 lockdown caused turbulence across all sectors of society, it created a tsunami for artists of all disciplines. It was a unique time – income disappeared; performances and exhibitions were cancelled; old ways of living were rendered obsolete.
However, it also facilitated or even forced new growth. In John’s case, it brought forward his Seascapes series, sparked by a conversation with an old friend and given oxygen by the need for some sense of serenity that many people craved as our normality was upended.
Each painting has been lovingly created using a limited palette and features yachts interspersed with orange buoys in the foreground, with a different location as the backdrop. He has simplified the subjects in order to focus on the palette and bring a sense of calm and serenity to the viewer.
As well as the original paintings, 12 Limited Edition, Gicleé, prints of each painting are also available. Each print is signed, numbered and titled by John. The image size is 28 by 40cm approx on ivory mount measuring 40 by 50cm. Each print is priced at €165.
The Limited Edition prints are reproductions printed in a manner that ensures the highest quality image with very high archival qualities and a colour gamut (range) that maintains the nuances of the colours that are so important in John’s imagery. Using tried and tested equipment and media, this process is often referred to as Gicleé printing. The images are printed on a softly textured mould made paper from the St. Cuthberts Paper Mill in the UK, which is acid free, archival and contains no optical brighteners. St. Cuthberts as a Paper Mill dates back to the 1700’s. The printers used are made by Epson using the latest pigment ink technology to ensure decades of fade resistance. This is measured in a test known as the Blue Wool test and is expected to score in excess of 6 on a scale of 1-8 with an 8 score being in excess of 100 years plus.
They are printed by Sheldon Long at FineArtPrintingDirect.ie in partnership with Framing Direct.