Born in 1939 and educated in the south of England, John Kirton showed an early interest in painting, winning two major prizes as a schoolboy. Given the prevalence of seascapes in his paintings today, it is no surprise that the subjects of these early award winners were also scenes of the sea. Having won an art scholarship, John instead decided to come to Australia to jackaroo. Making Australia his home, John’s passion for the landscape and gardens is reflected in his paintings.
Painting from memory, John's eye for detail and his interpretation of movement and colour makes him one of the most exciting artists in Australia today.
Returning to painting after many years, John Kirton’s work reflect one of his beliefs; that creatively ‘there are no limits’, that if you work from your heart and imagination all manner of revelations are possible.
It has been written of John Kirton’s work …”whilst these paintings are very much a personal journey, a major concern of the artist is to create art works that also provide stimulus to the viewer’s imagination and memory.”
Influences by Monet, Sisley and Turner can be seen in John’s paintings as well as in the gardens that John has created with his wife Susan.
John’s work is in collections Australia wide and overseas and has been featured in exhibitions in the NSW Southern Highlands, Sydney and Melbourne. He has also received a number of commissions.
In 2011, John’s painting Harbour Reflections was shortlisted in the ANL Maritime Art Prize.
The Kirton Gallery is set in 10 acres of garden. Viewing by appointment.