John Edwards

John Edwards Australian artist at Artsite Contemporary

John Edwards has been exhibiting since 1984. Most recently John was a finalist in the 2021 Flow Contemporary Watercolour Prize, Wollongong Art Gallery, and 2021 Semi Finalist, Moran Portrait Art Prize. He has been shortlisted multiple times for the AGNSW Archibald Prize, the AGNSW Sir John Sulman Prize, the AGNSW Wynne Prize, the S.H. Ervin Galleries, Salon de Refusés, the Kilgour Art prize, and the Blake Prize, to name a few of his extended and recent achievements.

My current work, Captain Thunderbolt and the travails of Australian bushrangers, evolved from looking at Sidney Nolan´s ‘Kelly’ paintings with their brilliant colour and modernist depiction of home-made armour hammered out of ploughs. Ned Kelly´s masked dressing  up, has something of the spirit and grit of an Australian ethos of ‘making do’.

Narratives surrounding convict and bushranger images are integral to our Australian psyche with figures such as Ned Kelly, Captain Thunderbolt and Jack Doolan thriving in the imagination. Bush ballads are penned and images painted about such figures famed for stealing, philandering, ‘matey-ness’ and murder. Despite such waywardness, they attract enormous sympathy and public intrigue, in part because of skill and stealth in evading the law. Less is known about their feisty, gun-toting partners.
One such woman was the Indigenous Mary-Ann Bugg, also known as ‘Black Mary’. She was Thunderbolt's (A.K.A. the gentleman bushranger), second wife.  ~ John Edwards, 2020

Artist Profile

Solo Exhibitions: (Selected)


2022        John Edwards: Small Hideouts, Artsite Contemporary, Sydney, NSW
2021        John Edwards: A Painted Journey, Artsite Contemporary, Sydney, NSW
2020        John Edwards: Trackers, Artsite Contemporary, Sydney, NSW.
2018       John Edwards: A Bushranging Tale, Artsite Contemporary, Sydney, NSW.
                On the Trail with Captain Thunderbolt & Mary Ann Bugg, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW.
2016       Colonial and On The Run, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW.
2011       Edited Letters from the new Frontier, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW.
2008       Pictographs and letters from the New World, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW.
2007       New Works, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW.
2006       new world, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW.
2004       Water Worshiper Series, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW.
2003       Ten Year Survey Exhibition, Sir Herman Black Gallery, University of Sydney, NSW.
2002, 00, 98      King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW.
1997, 96, 95, 94, 93       The Beatty Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
1992       First Draft West, Sydney, NSW.
1990, 89       Fiveways Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
1988       Fourteen Roses Gallery, Sydney, NSW.


Group Exhibitions: (Recent Selected)


2021     Flow Contemporary Watercolour Prize, Wollongong Art Gallery
             SBS Landscape Prize 2021
2021, 18       Semi Finalist, Moran Portrait Art Prize
2021, 20, 19,18         Vincent Art Prize, Duck Rabbit Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
2021, 20,19, 18         Collector's Choice, Artsite Contemporary, Sydney, NSW.
2020,19, 06, 03, 02       Packsaddle Exhibition, New England Regional Gallery, Armidale, NSW.
2020            Finalist Exhibition, Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery, NSW.
2019, 18, 17, 16, 13, 98       Salon des Refusés, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2018,16       Finalist  Exhibition, Grace Cossington Smith Biennial Art Award, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
2017       Finalist Exhibition, NSW Parliament Plein Air Art Prize, Sydney NSW
               New Space, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
2017,14       Finalist Exhibition, Kilgour National Art Prize, Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW
                   Finalist Exhibition, Hazelhurst Works on Paper Prize, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW
2016          Finalist Exhibition, Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Regional Art Gallery, Sydney
2016,15      Salon des Refusés Travelling Exhibition, Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery, Victoria
2014           Finalist Exhibition, Watercolour Acquisitive Prize, Wollongong Art Gallery, NSW.
2014,12      The Big Picture, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW.
2013           Looking Forward, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW.
                   Finalist Exhibition, Paddington Art Prize, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
2012           Finalist Exhibition, Norvill Art Prize Murrurundi, NSW.
2009,05,94       Finalist Exhibition, Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), Sydney, NSW.
2007         Compositions, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney, NSW.
                The Depot, Danks Street, Sydney, NSW.
2007,06,03,00,99,98       Last Show of the year, King Street Gallery on Burton, Sydney, NSW.
2003       Picture Paradise, Mori Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
2002       Finalist Exhibition, Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
2001       Bat, Ball and Brush: A Summer of Cricket and Art Sydney Cricket Ground Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
1999       On the Tiles, Sir Hermann Black Gallery, University of Sydney, NSW.
1997       Surface Tension Sir Hermann Black Gallery, University of Sydney, NSW.
                Director´s Cut, The Beatty Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
1996 ,95,92       Finalist Exhibition, Blake Prize for Religious Art, Mitchell Galleries, State Library of NSW, Sydney, NSW.
                Traveling Exhibition: St. John Cathedral, Brisbane; Noosa Regional Art Gallery, Qld; Carnegie Gallery, Hobart; Cathedral of St Paul, Melbourne
                For the Pleasure of It, The Beatty Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
1996,95,94       Finalist Exhibition, Fishers Ghost Prize Exhibition Campbelltown Bicentennial City Art Gallery, NSW
                Private View, (with Malcolm Benham) The Beatty Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
                Visibility The Beatty Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
                Spellbound No. 2,  Michael Burke Gallery, Brisbane, QLD.
                Three Sydney Painters, Bowen Galleries, Wellington, New Zealand.
                The Contemporary Collection, Sir Hermann Black Gallery, University of Sydney, NSW.
1995       Blake Prize, Travelling Exhibition 1995: Orange Regional Gallery, NSW; Campbelltown Bicentennial City Art Gallery, NSW; Hibiscus Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW.
                Red, The Beatty Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
                Recent Acquisitions, Sir Hermann Black Gallery, University of Sydney, NSW.
                Alumni Exhibition, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.
1995, 94,92       Finalist Exhibition, Archibald Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
1994       Random, The Beatty Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
               Beat the Drum (assemblages), The Beatty Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
1993       3/5 Studio Exhibition, Three different locations in Sydney.
1992       Archibald Prize 1992, travelling Exhibition: Campbelltown Art Gallery; Newcastle Region Art Gallery, NSW; Tweed River; Regional Gallery, Qld.
                Shadow Images, Arthaus Gallery, Sydney, NSW
                Images Congress Project, Pisa, Italy.
                The Mental Zoo Wisconsin, USA.
1991, 86       Finalist Exhibition, International Exhibition of Miniature Art Del Ballo Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
1986       International Copy Art Biennial, Taller Galleria Fort, Barcelona, Spain.
1985       Works on Paper, Imprint Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
                Sydney Morning Herald Heritage Exhibition, Blaxland Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
1983       The End Game, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, NSW.


Media/Citations/Reviews/Publications

2017       Hazelhurst art on paper award 2017, Catalogue, pp.46-47. Pub: Hazelhurst Arts Centre, Jun 2,  2017.
                Kellar, Jim Countdown to Kilgour Prize, Newcastle Herald, NSW, 28 July, 2017
                McDonald, John Choice Cuts, Spectrum, Sydney Morning Herald, Aug 5-6 2017, p. 12.
2015       Featured, The Mix, ABCTV Channel 24, 19 July, 2015
2013       Preview, ABC TV, Salon des Refusés S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2011       Fortesque, Elizabeth: Daily Telegraph Arts
2008       Kidd, Courtney: Preview NSW, Australian Art Collector, Issue No. 43
                Profiles, Art Almanac, February 2008 p174
2006       Fortescue, Elizabeth: Weekend Planner, Feb 11, p85
2003       Conomos, John: 10 Year Survey Exhibition, catalogue essay
1998       Art Times, Newtown Times, July Issue, Sydney
1997       Kidd, Courtney: Surface Tension, catalogue essay, University of Sydne,y Art Gallery
1996       Smee, Sebastian: Faith, Hope and Clarity, (Blake Prize Review), Sydney Morning Herald, Dec.19
                Smee, Sebastian: Bubble, Bubble, Painter Double, Sydney Morning Herald, Nov.1
1995       Fennely, Steven: Homage to Tony Tuckson, Review Program ABC TV, Sept.18
                Luckett, Suellyn: Up Down & Across, catalogue essay Campbelltown Art Gallery, NSW
                McDonald, John: Dreams of Hope and Menace, Sydney Morning Herald, March 18
                Prendergrast, Maria: The Australian Arts Diary, Debden Associates, Australia.

Awards and Prizes

2019       Awarded Runner Up Prize The Vincent Prize 2019, Duck Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
2017       Judges Commendation: Kilgour National Art Prize, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, NSW.
2014       Highly Commended, Watercolour Acquisitive Prize, Wollongong Regional Art Gallery, NSW.
2013       Highly Commended & Parker Prize, Paddington Art Prize, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW.

Collections

Public Collections


Artbank, Australia
Australian Embassy, China
University of Wollongong, NSW
Sydney West International College, NSW
The Westmead Childrens Hospital, Westmead, NSW
University of Technology, Sydney
Symnans Saker Elliot and Hickman Collection, New Zealand
University of Sydney, NSW.

Private Collections


Australia, USA and Europe.

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Back at the Hideout, 2019

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Captain Thunderbolt Foot Loose and Fancy Free, 2021

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On the hunt, 2021

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Hideout in the Landscape, 2020

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The Landscape Remaining, 2019

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Journey into the Landscape, 2018

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Surrounded, 2021

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Somewhere inside, 2021

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Keeping guard No.2 , 2021

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Keeping guard, 2021

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Watchful Eye No.2, 2021

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Inside, 2021

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Lookout, 2021

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Cornered, 2021

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Hideout in the bush, 2021

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Hideout at the top, 2021

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Hideout in the distance, 2021

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Captain Thunderbolt hideout in paradise No.2, 2021

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Laying low, 2021

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Soldiering On, 2021

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Behind the trees, 2021

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Target, 2021

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Watchful eye, 2021

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Get back, 2021

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Hideout, 2020

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On the Run, 2018

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Aboriginal Trackers and Thunderbolt's Hideout, 2019

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Back at The HideOut 2018 

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As we go around, 2020

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Calming Winds over Port Arthur 2019

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Forever Alone (Captain Thunderbolt)

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Landscape in Summer 2018 

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Looking for the Hideout., 2019

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Never give Up 2019

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Surrounded (Captain Thunderbolt)

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Thunderbolt, the Tracker and the Hideout, 2019 

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Writing on the Wall 2019

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Self Portrait with Elise 

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Looking in 2021

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Secret hideout 2021

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In the distance 2021

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On the hunt, 2021

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Small Hideouts #05, 2022

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