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John Meyer

South African 1942- 


“One could say I’m obsessed with the magical properties of paint, with the process that allows for and unlocks the magic. It all depends on where you direct your energy … The complex layering of painterly tones, placed in apparently random order, creates the stage for a personal search. Here I indulge my need to escape from an increasingly intrusive world.” –John Meyer

John Meyer studied at the Johannesburg Technical College’s School of Art before working in advertising and as a freelance illustrator. He has maintained a considered commitment to representational painting and presents us with strikingly real illusions, all distinctly familiar, yet ultimately invented. They are imagined archetypes rather than specific events. His most recent ‘Sequential Narratives’ genre explores the complex currents of human relationships in series of separate but related views of the same reaction.

Other series include Lost in the Dust, fifteen works set during the Anglo Boer War; Mandela, a Life’s Journey, sixteen works on the life of Nelson Mandela; Elizabeth, A Sovereign’s Journey, eleven paintings on the life of Queen Elizabeth II; Migrations, exploring the journeys of the various peoples who immigrated to South Africa; and an as yet untitled series on the looming global climate crisis.

Meyer has exhibited extensively both locally and internationally and his work is included in the following collections: Anglo American, Johannesburg; ARA Services, Philadelphia; Cargill Inc, Minneapolis; ExxonMobil, Dallas; Lloyds, London; Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Cape Town; and Standard Bank, Johannesburg.

Adapted from the artist's website https://www.johnmeyerpaintings.com, accessed 7 September 2021.


64 lots offered      92.19% sold      ZAR 17 463 868
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
John Meyer; Lost Tenant
5 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 739 700
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Meyer; Bergville Way
5 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 284 500
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Meyer; Brandtfontein Memories Lost, Lost in Dust series
5 Apr 2022
Sold for ZAR 1 389 700
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Meyer; Green Valleys
7 Nov 2021
Sold for ZAR 364 160
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Meyer; Phaedra Alone
7 Nov 2021
Sold for ZAR 512 100
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Meyer; Lost Expectations
7 Nov 2021
Sold for ZAR 284 500
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Meyer; Questions of Commitment
7 Nov 2021
Sold for ZAR 546 240
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Meyer; Landscape with Trees
25 Oct 2021
Sold for ZAR 35 175
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Meyer; Migrating
25 Oct 2021
Sold for ZAR 46 900
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Meyer; Landscape with Houses
25 Oct 2021
Sold for ZAR 29 313
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Meyer; Irish Coastal Landscape
25 Oct 2021
Sold for ZAR 29 313
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
John Meyer; Untitled, Study for a Portrait
25 Oct 2021
Sold for ZAR 4 690
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

Results in green indicate post sales.


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