John Klein

Dancing in the nude is just my cup of tea, 2023

76 × 76 cm
In this work I sought to capture the timeless allure of the Art Deco period by incorporating a carefully curated selection of objects on a table. Inspired by the opulence and sophistication of the era, I evoke a sense of nostalgia of a bygone era in a fresh, contemporary way. To enhance the mood and atmosphere, I employed deep winter shadows, strategically cast across the table. These shadows not only contribute to the visual composition but also evoke a sense of mystery, inviting the viewer to explore the depths of the painting.

John Klein is a contemporary Australian artist who has been engaged in creative pursuits his entire career. His love for the visual arts has seen him drawn to the mediums of film, photography and painting. He has been a finalist in a number of prestigious art prizes including the Mosman, Kennedy and Gallipoli to name a few.

John enjoys collecting various objects which often become the subject matter for his unique still life paintings. He is an avid gardener which is also reflected throughout his floral subjects.

“I have been collecting vases and other objet d’art for the last thirty years. I am most interested in the designs from the arts and crafts, art nouveau and art deco periods, and these appear regularly in my paintings. Some of the vases I own and others I covet. ”

Whilst sometimes appearing decorative in nature, art collectors readily engage with John’s work through the deeper commentary on significant craftsmanship and tradition. John seeks to document and highlight a discussion about both quality design in our everyday utilitarian items, along with the restorative force of the bloom – a life force in nature.

His paintings are held in private collections in Italy, France, Germany, USA, United Kingdom and throughout Australia.

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