John Freeman, Expanding Boundary, 2021, acrylic and oil sticks on canvas, 101 x 76 cm. Image courtesy the artist.
22 November 2022 – 17 April 2023
I explore art and the creative process as a reflective practice and a tool for self-inquiry aligned with mindfulness and my own spiritual journey. While I aim to create an aesthetically pleasing visual image, it is the process itself that delivers the greatest value, offering the opportunity to experience a deeper, intuitive knowing of self.
The process of abstract painting enables me to explore inner feelings and awareness, recording a sense of place and experience. Using all the visual elements – marks, lines, shapes, patterns, and colour – I layer the image, exploring and experiencing the outcomes of my decisions and the interplay of these elements.
Over time, the image evolves and takes on a life of its own, with unexpected outcomes. Imagination and curiosity drive the creative process, which morphs the image into the semblance of a geographical landscape with an associated mood or feeling. The painting becomes the metaphor of an inner journey. Inspired by the colours of the Fauves and the directness and spontaneity of children’s art, I use similar elements to create bright, colourful, and joyful images
– John Freeman, 2022
John Freeman explores the creative process as a tool for mindfulness. His current paintings are abstract in style, expressing inner feelings, experiences and places in a non-representative manner. His ‘Inner Journey’ solo exhibition won the SALA City of Unley Award (2020). John holds degrees in Fine Arts, Visual Arts and Education. More recently he has produced vignettes incorporating moving images and sound for use in his ‘Ambient Installations’ for the corporate marketplace. John lives on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia, with work on permanent display at Fleurieu Arthouse and the Salopian Inn, McLaren Vale and in his studio gallery.