Our Featured Artists for June
Our Featured Artists for June; John Rice, Lyn Ellis and art photographer, Philip Bell all share a common passion for the Australian landscape and a desire to capture true light through working outdoors.
We hope you’ll enjoy and appreciate the stunning artworks of the Australian landscape by these highly talented artists.
John is a professional artist and teacher with almost forty years’ experience teaching landscape painting. He holds regular workshops at his Mulgoa studio and also conducts demonstrations and workshops for art societies across Sydney, country NSW and interstate.
Residing in Mulgoa on the western fringes of Sydney, provides John with a central location for the Nepean, Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains and Sydney areas where he enthusiastically paints “en plein air” to capture the unique light of the Australian landscape.
John is represented by several galleries in New South Wales and his works are held in private collections throughout Australia and internationally.
In addition to numerous group exhibitions, he has held 13 very successful solo exhibitions and, being a trained teacher, he is often called upon as an exhibition judge.
Lyn is an artist who strongly believes in painting from life and never relying on the use of photographs for reference. Her preferred medium is oil but she also enjoys working in acrylic and pastels.
Lyn’s early training under the guidance of Gregory R. Smith, taught her the benefits of traditional tonal study which she applies to both her still life and landscape paintings. Although her traditional tuition was in a realist style, over the years she developed an impressionist style which is evident in her current work. Lyn continues to expand her expertise as an artist by attending workshops and demonstrations by prominent Australian artists.
Lyn has had many group exhibitions, several solo exhibitions and has been awarded numerous art prizes. She is currently a member of the Geelong Arts Society and a life member of the Macedon Ranges Art Group.
Philip Bell has exhibited photographs of Australian landscapes in Sydney and Copenhagen and has published several articles of photojournalism on Australian geographical regions.
Philip photography typically focuses on nature and he is very aware of the threat from climate change and human degradation that Australian landforms confront. He often uses long exposure and low light settings to create a soft image that is pushed to lose the sheen that he associates with digital tourism and advertising imagery.
We are proud to have such a highly accomplished art photographer on OzArt Finder. His artwork, “Cramble” was recently chosen as a finalist in the prestigious “Head-On” NSW Parliamentary Landscape Competition 2018. Philip was also a finalist in this competition in 2015.