John Cottrell

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John Cottrell

John Cottrell has lived and painted in Byron Bay for the past 20 years and is one of the North Coast’s most established artists. John started work as a screen printer then began painting with gouache on paper.  These paintings were of quirky, little journeys and told stories using animals as symbols and ship-shapes as vehicles.  Many of these earlier paintings were based in Byron Bay and incorporated the landscape. His current work has been a conscious move away from storytelling towards an all-encompassing concept based on science and philosophy. His surfaces have a burnished quality and a simplicity that, through color, draw the viewer into the painting.  These paintings have an

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