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John Turton - Australian Landscape Painter

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by Loni Joy (subscribe)
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Published June 21st 2013
Colour your world with these enchanting paintings from John
John Turton is an artist whom, by the time he reached his teens, knew he was destined to paint for a living. How amazing to have found one's life purpose at such a young age.

john turtons art
Captivating clouds

Nestled away in his studio in the sub tropics of Mullumbimby, John creates these amazing colourful paintings that literally jump off the canvas at you. There's an aliveness that is expressed in his work that mere words can't adequately describe.

studio in the tree's
What lay behind these walls?

John originates from Perth, West Australia and settled in Mullumbimby about 25 years ago. John works with pastels, oils, charcoals, pencil and acrylics and has 40 years worth of paintings, mostly landscapes and seascapes to his credit. Recently he was commissioned to create 60 pastel drawings for the refurbishment of the Darwin Casino. Click here for more info

Artist at work
John Turton in his studio

A few months ago, John was interviewed for the TV show "Colour in your Life" but remains ever so humble. "There's many better artists around than me," he replies when I ask him about it. This is what makes John Turton such a lovely guy. He is unassuming and absolutely brilliant at what he does. And, with supportive wife, Robyn beside him every step of the way this pair are a formidable duo.

What can I say? Look at these clouds

When John finished his Fine Arts degree at University in Perth, he entered many competitions and walked away with a swag of first prizes. "It was fabulous encouragement at such a young age to keep going".

I asked if he uses any techniques that are different?

"Yes, there's a really good method that I haven't seen taught anywhere. I mix up oil paint (depending on what colour) and apply it onto the paper, rub it back with some tissue, wait for it to dry a bit, as certain colours take a while to dry. It's always interesting how some pastels go on the paint, some don't. Then I apply pastel over the top of that using the edge of the pastels for the stalks of the trees and to create depth. I try and keep the flow going when I'm immersed in a painting. People have never seen this method used before and I find the whole process quite intriguing." His love for teaching is evident as he quietly explains the joy he gains from watching students experiment and grow.

His love of colour and magnificent clouds and landscapes are what grab my attention. John is going to be doing artist workshops in the near future and exhibits at various galleries around Australia. Keep an eye out for a pop up shop displaying John's work in Mullumbimby soon so stay tuned.
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Phone: 02 6684 5454
Where: Mullumbimby
Cost: From $3,000
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