“The artwork becomes a visual trip or story with paths to follow and secrets to discover and a story unfolding as one progresses”.

John Neeson’s colour saturated landscapes are maps in search of the deeper nature of place: the moment of exchange as the internal landscape is projected outside, and the external permeates and transforms the interior.

This is not landscape in any traditional sense, but a mapping of intensely personal and familiar terrain. Most recently, the surrounds of Harrietville, amid the foot-hills of the Great Divide; an area that John has physically and mentally wandered for decades.

This much loved landscape is distilled and compressed into a series of marks, in a sort of myth-making of place, with symbols of sensory clues, and states of being, reflecting intense personal attention to mind and place.

Neeson’s prints are landscapes without borders; where the interior and exterior worlds each subsume and engulf the other, become inseperable; the minutiae of perception inhabiting landscape as metphors of thought – wandering.

VIEW SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND COLLECTIONS

SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

1991 Anima Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia.
Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria.

1992 Warrnambool Print Prize Warrnambool,
Gallery Langenberg Amsterdam, “Travelling Exhibition”  (3 Australian Artists) Belgium and Germany.

1993 International Works on Paper Fair, Sydney

1995 5th International Works on Paper Fair, Sydney

1997 Firestation print Show, Firestation Print Workshop, Melbourne.

1997 Insequence, Motorworks Gallery. Melbourne, Victoria.

1998 Decalogue: Ten Years of Australian Printmaking. Metropolitan Museum Seoul, Print Council of Australia, South Korea

2000 Atonement, Port Jackson Press. Melbourne, Victoria.
Death and Decoration: Plimsoll Gallery,Tasmanian School of Art at Hobart, University of Tasmania

2001 Australian Identities in Printmaking: Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery               Collaboration: P.J.P. FitzroyWorkings of the Mind : Queensland University

2003 Out of Brighton,1966.Bayside Library, Melbourne,.

2005 Directors Choice Exhibition. Eastgate & Holst, Melbourne

2007 Eastgate & Holst Fine Art, Melbourne

2016 Wanderings & New Works on Paper, Eastgate Gallery, Melbourne

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museum of Modern Art, New York

California Council of Art and Craft Collection, San Francisco, USA

Victoria and Albert Museums, London

London Print Workshop, London

Edinburgh Print Workshop, Scotland

Moksline Bibioteka, Vilnuis, Lithuania

Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, N.Z

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

National Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Gallery of Tasmania, Hobart

Geelong City Art Gallery, Victoria

Shepparton City Art Gallery, Victoria

Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria

Portland Art Gallery, Victoria,

Mildura Art Gallery, Victoria

Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, N.S.W.

Art Gallery of Launceston, Tasmania

Deakin University Collection, Melbourne,

Griffith Artworks, Griffith University, Nathan, Qld

Stonnington City Council, Melbourne

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania

Firestation Print Workshop, Melbourne

John Neeson, Wandering - Smell a trace of thunder, 2016,  Ed. 10, Intaglio print, 50x100cm  $2500 (framed)
John Neeson, Wandering - Smell a trace of thunder, 2016, Ed. 10, Intaglio print, 50x100cm $2500 (framed)
John Neeson, Wandering - In the coming night, shadows in the mist, 2016, Ed. 10, Intaglio and woodblock print, 50x100cm $2500 (framed)
John Neeson, Wandering - In the coming night, shadows in the mist, 2016, Ed. 10, Intaglio and woodblock print, 50x100cm $2500 (framed)
John Neeson, Wandering - Solemnly towards the dark, 2nd State. Ed. 10, Intaglio and woodblock print, 50x100cm $2500 (framed)
John Neeson, Wandering - Solemnly towards the dark, 2nd State. Ed. 10, Intaglio and woodblock print, 50x100cm $2500 (framed)
John Neeson, Wandering - The soul, sky poles, 2016, Ed. 10, Intaglio print, 50x100cm $2500 (framed)
John Neeson, Wandering - The soul, sky poles, 2016, Ed. 10, Intaglio print, 50x100cm $2500 (framed)
John Neeson, Wandering - Hour before dawn, 2012, Ed.10, Intaglio print, 100x100cm $3900 (framed)
John Neeson, Wandering - Hour before dawn, 2012, Ed.10, Intaglio print, 100x100cm $3900 (framed)
John Neeson, Wandering - Sit and wait, 2012, Ed. 12, Intaglio print, 100x100cm $3900 (framed)
John Neeson, Wandering - Sit and wait, 2012, Ed. 12, Intaglio print, 100x100cm $3900 (framed)
John Neeson, Wandering - Against the sun, 2013, Ed. 9, Intaglio print, 100x100cm  $3900 (framed)
John Neeson, Wandering - Against the sun, 2013, Ed. 9, Intaglio print, 100x100cm $3900 (framed)
John Neeson, Wandering - Steps light but firm. 2016, Ed. 12, Intaglio print,, 100x100cm $3900 (framed)
John Neeson, Wandering - Steps light but firm. 2016, Ed. 12, Intaglio print,, 100x100cm $3900 (framed)
John Neeson, Albion - Too steep, too high (2nd state), 2015, Ed.20, Intaglio print, 25x25cm $990 (framed)
John Neeson, Albion - Too steep, too high (2nd state), 2015, Ed.20, Intaglio print, 25x25cm $990 (framed)