South Australian artist John Lacey has been painting professionally since 2004. It was at this time he changed medium to oil, this was after painting impressionistic landscapes in watercolour and acrylic for the previous 20 years. The change to oil has seen him win numerous art prizes including the coveted Corporate Prize at the Victor Harbor Rotary Exhibition 2007.
Born 1947 in South Australia, John has always had a keen interest in art. Although not fortunate enough to study fine art, he worked as Motor Body Design Draftsman for many years before moving to Graphic Design, operating his own studio for around 20 years. During this period he painted most nights as a bit of a wind down from the daily pressures. Although a self taught artist, John studied colour theory and a little illustration during his Graphic Design diploma.
John’s early work saw him paint like many, in the impressionistic style, which he still enjoys today and can be often spotted painting en plein air studies. This is where the journey for his latest work often begins to develop. Having a keen interest in design and a gradual leaning toward the abstract, sees him simplify yet push the boundaries of the landscape without destroying the sense of place. This results in the viewer quite often being absorbed by the strong design, vibrancy or at times restfulness of colour, tone and texture.
As a self-taught artist, his work is ever evolving and has been sought after since the mid-eighties. He is represented in many private and corporate collections throughout Australia and Internationally, and has won some twenty five awards, been a finalist in the Fleurieu Landscape Prize, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize and the Heysen Prize. John has had some fifteen one person exhibitions and numerous shared shows in SA, Vic and WA galleries.
In 2009 John and his very supportive wife purchased 3 acres and hour south of Adelaide. Followed by design, build and establishing a large garden they are now living their dream in an eco-friendly home with studio and small gallery attached, located just south of Mt Compass, South Australia.
Alternate Landscape is an exhibition of contemporary landscape oil painting that explores a push into abstraction while retaining the vibrancy, texture and sense of place found in the Australian bush. John’s fresh and unique compositional balance owes to a previous 20-year career in graphic design.
“This body of work is about place, but not necessarily about familiarity. As a landscape artist you can become very insular about your subject, so here expression and location are quite an alternative for me. Moving away from the obvious, these paintings are not necessarily about what I see, but an alternate interpretation of. They explore my feelings and are expressed in various degrees of simplicity of form, line and tone that are condensed toward abstraction, without losing the sense of place.” – John Lacey
Heysen Prize – Finalist 2012
Waterhouse Art Prize – Finalist 2008
Finalist in the Fleurieu Biennale Landscape Art Prize – 1998 & 2004
Alexandrina Art Prize – First Prize (acquisitive)
Yaccatracks Art Prize – Yankalilla – Third Prize & Peoples Choice – (2 different paintings)
St Peters Cathedral Art Exhibition – Best interpretation of Light 2012
Yorke Peninsula Art Exhibition – Second Prize 2012
Port Adelaide Rotary Art Exhibition – First Prize – 2010
Clare Rotary Club Art Exhibition – First prize – 2009
Wooden Boat Art Exhibition Goolwa SA – 2009 – Norm Bense Memorial Prize
Blackwood Rotary Art Exhibition – First prize – 2007
Victor Harbor Rotary Club Exhibition – First prize – 2007
Rotary Club of Flagstaff Hill Art Exhibition – First Prize – 2006
St Peter’s Cathedral Art Exhibition – Peoples Choice Award – 2006
The Rotary Club of Clare (SA) Art Exhibition – Winner of Best in Exhibition – 2005
Clare Rotary Art Exhibition – Best Oil/Acrylic – 2004
Blackwood Rotary Art Exhibition – First Prize – 2004
Port Adelaide Rotary Art Exhibition – Second Prize – 2004
Barossa Fine Art Exhibition – Peoples Choice Award – 2003
Sorrento Art Exhibition (VIC) – Best Oil/Acrylic under $800 – 2003
Port Adelaide Rotary Art Exhibition – First prize – Port Adelaide Section – 2003
Port Adelaide Rotary Art Exhibition – First prize – Port Adelaide Section – 2002
Portland (VIC) Rotary Exhibition – First Prize – Painting under $800 – 2002
Mildura (VIC) Art Exhibition – First prize – Best Rural Landscape – 2002
Flagstaff Hill Rotary Art Exhibition – Third prize – 2002
Flagstaff Hill Rotary Art Exhibition Best Acrylic – 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Rotary Art Exhibition of Victor Harbor – Best Oil or Acrylic under $500 – 1998
Glenelg Apex Art Exhibition Best Painting – Glenelg theme – 1999
Kiwanis Art Exhibition – Marion – Best Painting – 1998