Kerry Johns

Encounter, 2021


Acrylic on canvas. (Stretched).
Not Framed.

Approximate Image size:90x110cm.

This painting was begun ‘en plein air’ at Congo, a tidal lagoon on the NSW south coast near Moruya. Congo is a favourite place I visit often to paint. Its mood is changeable, sometimes sombre and subtle, sometimes turbulent, at times clear and sharp.
One bright day the headland, standing at the entrance of the creek, was a really impressive sight between a sky of brilliant clouds and a flawless watery reflection. The skies, the headland and the water seemed to embrace in a mutual enthusiasm for life, an encounter in which I shared.
I painted on a large canvas on my portable easel weighed down by a stone for stability. I took the scene in through the pores of my skin, I took photographs. In the studio I worked on making a visual field of the sight. I felt I had been part of the encounter.
~ Kerry Johns, April 2022

This work is currently exhibited as Finalist in the 2022 Inaugural Harden Murrumburrah Landscape Acquisitive Art Prize.


Kerry Johns paintings are held in Major Australian Public Collections including:

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery Collection;
Kedumba Drawing Award Collection
Basil Sellers Collection
Blue Mountains City Council Collection
Bi-Centennial Acquisition Blue Mountains City Council Collection

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Dimensions 4 × 61 × 76 cm
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Kerry Johns