ABOUT JOHN STANIFORD
I first met John in August 2020 when I was looking into purchasing Quay Gallery and wanted to meet some of the artists. I then got the opportunity to visit John in his wonderful villa in Napier – a home that is vibrant and inspiring, colorful and comfortable, a true artist’s space for a true artist.
John always wanted to paint - “it was all I wanted to do” and he was encouraged to do so from early on, winning his first painting competition at age 7 years. He attended Elam School of Art, studying under Colin McCahon who he mentioned was a relatively ‘harsh’ teacher who ‘challenged you and your art’.
John owned a Gallery off K’Rd in Auckland and went onto teach art before running his own screen printing business – a time in his life that is still evident as an influence in the ‘outline’ technique John has perfected. He has always been drawn to ‘hard-edged’ art, Leger, Picasso for example – and has found much inspiration in
Tin Tin comic book illustrations.
Though he is a studied artist, John likes to ‘paint what he feels’. He enjoys New Zealand’s wonderful landscapes
but likes to play with the images, “I paint the landscape and then I put something in it”.
His style is bold and clean and the ‘something’ always provides additional point of interest into his works.
I very much enjoy John’s approach to his landscapes – Hawkes Bay, Omapere, Rangitoto Island,
all places many of us have been to and love, all captured beautifully - evoking emotion and nostalgia for the
simple ‘kiwi’ life, a life we all wish to live and hope will remain.
John is as a person – gentle and strong, this can also be said of the scenes he paints.
His colors blend beautifully and his outline technique brings the scenes to life.
I applaud his work and invite you to enjoy it also.