Bachelor of Visual Art Degree, New Plymouth, New Zealand
(Majored in Graphic Design)
My work is a culmination of stories from my life, my home, and places I have been. Since I can remember the ocean and rugged landscape of where I grew up in New Zealand has inspired me to paint landscapes and the sea. These paintings kick started my career as an artist in my early twenties.
Since travel being a part of my adult life, my paintings expanded to capture the ‘story” of places abroad in the last few years. I becan painting my wife, Erika, as a figure to add depth and connection to a beautiful surrounding, often water.
I hope to leave the viewer with a good feeling. Whether they can relate to my painting with a past experience, or by a fantasy of somewhere they would like to go, my painting should take them there.
2017 ‘Bettie’s Pool’, Smyth Galleries, Auckland, New Zealand. (upcoming)
2016 ‘Colours of Summer’, New Plymouth, New Zealand.
2014 ‘Untitled’, New Plymouth, New Zealand.
2012 ‘Home and Away’, New Plymouth, New Zealand.
2010 ‘A Painted Region’, New Plymouth, New Zealand.
2009 ‘At the Beach’, Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
2007 ‘Town and Around’, New Plymouth, New Zealand.
2009 ‘Out from Down Under and Beyond’, Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York
2017 Finalist Clifton Art Awards Brisbane
2009 Peoples Choice Award, Taranaki National Art Awards
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Harvey Galleries cordially invite you to join Isaac Petersen and curator Trevor Harvey for a special Facebook LIVE virtual tour and Q&A from Isaac’s exhibition at our Mosman gallery. Please … read more →
Johnny Romeo "The Sunny Side of the Moon" @ HARVEY GALLERIES MOSMAN, 4 - 15 December 2020
“It goes without saying that the Corona pandemic has had an immense impact on all our lives. The lockdowns, coupled with the uncertainty of when life will return to ‘normal’, has created a general sense of isolation, anxiety, and hopelessness amongst people. Reflecting on my own experiences during pandemic life, I was motivated to create a body of work that tapped into our collective sense of hope and acted as a reminder to embrace life even in its dark moments. The things that I have always admired about Pop culture – its wide-eyed sense of escapism, its larger-than-life nature, and its ability to dream big – took on a much more profound meaning in light of the Corona crisis. In my latest series, THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE MOON, I really wanted to push the slick, Pop elements of my artmaking practice to the fore, and use Pop Art and humour as a way to make sense of a world where the Absurd has become the norm. Much like life in 2020, there is a healthy dose of the Surreal that courses through each painting in the series. More importantly, however, there is an undeniable sense of resilience and positivity that underpins each work, as I depict Pop culture striving to find meaning and purpose in the unfamiliar, scrambling through the dark in search of the sunny side of the moon.”
BORN 1975 REGION Alice Springs, Northern Territory COMMUNITY Utopia, NT LANGUAGE Anmatyerre BIOGRAPHY With the famous Minnie Pwerle as grandmother, and the equally talented Barbara Weir for her mother, it … read more →
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