John Daniels, 'Push Down, Push On'- Highly Commended


28 Apr 2021 - 11 May 2021
Inspired by seeing people in Melbourne city going about their business, absorbed in their own world and disconnected from those around them.

I don't want to blow the viewer away with a grand canvas; instead, draw them in to examine the detail and the story—which is manufactured. I aim for realism, but the picture is composed from various photos, put together like a Photoshop. There's a bit of John Brack and Jeffrey Smart, but not intended. If not specifically about disconnectedness, the work will have a social comment or an irony, sometimes with obscure meanings.

Banner image: 'Push down, Push on' oil by John Daniels. Highly Commended Award, VAS Winter Exhibition 2019.

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