“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.