Cameo # 7 – John Lloyd

John Lloyd was born in Hobart and studied Fine Art & Design at Tasmanian College of Advanced Education.   John moved to Melbourne in 1975 to play drums with a number of well known Melbourne bands, and from 1979 with Flowers/Icehouse for whom he created the artwork for the cover of the Flowers “Icehouse” album.

 He subsequently worked as a copywriter at SSB and DDB Needham advertising agencies in Sydney, winning several finalist awards including the Australian Writers & Art Directors Award, International Film & TV Festival in New York, International Advertising Festival of New York and CLIO.   In 1988 he created the “EAT” Ethiopia Aid Tonight concert raising funds for famine relief in Ethiopia at Sydney Entertainment Centre.

 In 1992, after a move to ByronBay, John took up painting full-time. He says that…

    “Inspiration comes from nature herself, whether it be the beauty in a tree trunk, the mystery of a mountain floating in a sea of mist or the ever changing sky itself.  Trying to capture the mystery of nature is always a challenge…… My work is all done from my imagination, influenced by soaking up as much of the landscape as I can…..I try to find balance and simplicity in my composition and colour selection is critical especially in my more abstract pieces.”

 John’s work has featured in many group and solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Hong Kong.  The works displayed here are examples only:  Faultlines (2007) pictured below was part of a solo exhibition at Salmon Galleries in Sydney.  Morning Cloud, a pastel, and Red Hill, an oil, were both exhibited in 2005 at Canterbury Art Exhibition.


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