John Giese


About the Artists:

In my practice I am responding to the primary motifs as real, gradually enticing life, light and movement into the work; endeavouring to keep the work open and spontaneous as long as possible. I have continued to work with this approach in my paintings of Wild Dogs, Bulls, Cows and other symbols of primal power or presence.

These paintings are direct and engage the viewer. Dogs have a long term relationship with our species, and more personally me. They are a metaphor for human beings and our journey through life. They are decorative, individual, scarred and possess a physical confidence. These works address issues of freedom and presence.

My compositions are designed to create tension and rhythm. My colour schemes have a symbolic language: earth colours represent the elements while the primaries represent light and its spectrum. A mixture of surface finishes and linear marks create a variety of visual stimulation. The formal qualities I use aim to effect the viewer; to make them feel they are in the presence of something human, something authentic and something very rare.





1954 Born in Maclean, NSW
Lives and practices in Bangalow, New South Wales
Graduate Diploma Fine Art


Selected Exhibitions
2016 Manyung Sorrento,VIC Australia
2015 Anthea Polson Art
2015 Manyung Mt Eliza group Horse show
2015 Traffic Jam Galleries Neutral Bay
2015 Manyung Gallery at Sorrento
2014 Manyung at Sorrento
2013 Anthea Polson Art
2012 Butler Goode Gallery
2012 Manyung at Glenferrie, Malvern
2012 Grafton Regional Gallery
2011 Anthea Polson Gallery
2011 Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza
2010 Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza
2010 Art Piece group show
2009 Balmain Art Show
2009 Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza Victoria
2009 Francis Keevil Gallery, Double Bay Sydney
2009 Comeback Group Show 19 Karen, Mermaid Beach Gold Coast
2009 Argyle Hotel Gallery, Maclean
2009 Barebones Bangalow
2008 Manyung Gallery Mount Eliza Victoria
2008 Group Exhibition, Art Piece Gallery Mullumbimby
2008 July Group exhibition Cape Gallery Byron Bay
2008 May, Grafton Regional Gallery
2008 January, Barebones Art Space, Bangalow
2007 Art Piece Gallery, Mullumbimby
2006 Border Art prize
2006 Winner works on canvas Southern Cross Art Festival
2006 Group exhibition Waywood “Revelations 10 “
2006 Waywood smalls’ exhibition
2006 Group exhibition Arthouse Australia Yamba
2000 Exhibition of large works on canvas at the BASE Gallery Byron Bay
1999 Waywood smalls exhibition

Public Art
1998 - Mural recreation building Maclean Shire Council
2004 - Murals on power poles Lismore City Council
2005 - Design and paint mural to Education van Lismore City Council


Associated Exhibitions

Pop in to the new Mt Eliza Pop-up
Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza
2 March - 23 March, 2019
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'Run Free' - Equine and Canine Exhibition
Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza
6 October - 15 October, 2017
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It's Raining Cats and Dogs
Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza
22 September - 4 October, 2016
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I Love My Dog
Manyung Gallery Sorrento
13 February - 28 February, 2016
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Equine Elegance
Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza
8 October - 25 October, 2015
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Movement and Tangibility
Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza
7 March - 29 March, 2015
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Invincible Summer
Manyung Gallery Sorrento
10 January - 22 January, 2015
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Year Of The Horse
Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza
4 October - 26 October, 2014
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John Giese solo exhibition
Manyung at Sorrento
8 February - 20 February, 2014
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