Leading New Zealand Landscape Artist, John R. Gatenby
"I record what I find
as well as I can, but a painting is not mere depiction of a scene, it must also convey the ambience.
I love to paint the West Coast, the Southern Alps and Central Otago; places that feel untouched.
You sit in deep valleys,
awed by huge mountains,
inspired by their magnificence.
It is these feelings I want to share through my work.
Everything has to be scaled down without losing the sensation of grandeur."
John has been a painter for most of his life,
pursuing his passion full time for the last 16 years.
Over that period he has finely honed a unique style
that has won him a strong following
and a high reputation with New Zealand
and overseas buyers.
A third of of his paintings are sold internationally
and displayed in collections throughout the world.
John paints using high grade acrylics
allowing him to capture the rich landscape colours.
Paintings are painted on acid free board.
Each board is undercoated three times
and finely sanded between each coat,
which allows for his fine detailing.
John feels the frame's aesthetics are an integral
part of the painting, so frames his paintings himself.
Mount boards are acid free and museum quality.
Hand gilded frames are available by special request.
Paintings can be shipped framed or unframed.
Paintings are hand packaged by John
to ensure quality protection.
They are air freighted glazed within New Zealand,
is removed for international shipping.
"John Gatenby produces landscape paintings that successfully integrate his vision of the land
well developed skills as an artist"
Graeme Stradling, National Art Critic