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John Maitland and Red Hill Gallery

Colour in Your Life featured artist John Maitland at Red Hill Gallery appeared on Colour In Your Life Season Twenty Three (23).

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John Maitland was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.  He attended Kings College, Newcastle to study art.  John has been showing his work since the early 70’s in England and his work has been on show in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast since his arrival in Australia in 1975. He has completed many private, church and corporate commissions over the years.   John’s entry in the “Tribute to Mary McKillop” exhibition was one of the Finalists and was nominated as one of the finest paintings of the show.  It was part of a national tour in 1996 and this work was hung in Parliament House, Canberra, the Powerhouse Museum and The State Gallery of South Australia.

John Maitland’s skilfully executed oil and acrylic paintings are informed by figurative expressionism and imbued with rigorous colour and texture to denote emotive nuance. The work achieves poignancy through a unique perspective which resonates throughout his cohesive presentation.

Drawing on inspiration from visits to the European galleries John has completed several works reflecting his fascination with the classical sculptures. These influences were the foundation of the highly acclaimed Grafton Regional Gallery Exhibition where two pieces were acquired for the permanent collection. 

During his trips to the UK, Ireland, Florence and Paris he was introduced to a style variation, using found objects and facades.   John’s work is held in private collections and corporate, such as ‘Nestle’, throughout Australia and internationally.   He has been asked to present works to the Earl of Lauderdale for his personal collection.

Maitland’s work was selected for print in the World Youth Gathering in Australia. It was the largest gathering ever held in Australia with dignitaries and youth from all nations being represented.

John Maitland’s innovative style is created and conceived outdoors, exposed to the elements and the extreme heat of the sun.  The built-up layers in his paintings are encouraged to crack and fissure giving an aged appearance resembling archaic surfaces.  Broad, sweeping brushstrokes and the strength of his paint application give rawness and beauty in an understated way, thus the paradox of power versus gentleness which contributes to the evocative and distinctive character in his paintings.

“Executing broad strokes with a pigment loaded brush, sometimes swishing back and forth  with a contrasting colour to react with the  subject  matter  in a discordant fashion, I begin  to create an experience for the viewer. I avoid photographic representations in my work, preferring to allow colour, distortion and texture to evoke a response. 

The process often reminds me of the total experience of listening to U2 and Pavarotti doing Miss Sarajevo.  From the contrasts in key and style emerges a scintillating discord so beautiful it leaves me breathless. This is the type of experience I’m always looking to evoke in my work.”


Work in the exhibition “A Tribute to Mary McKillop” hung in: Powerhouse Museum Sydney

Parliament House Canberra

State Gallery of South Australia

Regional galleries throughout Australia

Two Gold Coast schools acquired works for their collections.

Margaret Campbell-Ryder is the owner and Curator at Red Hill Gallery Brisbane 

Born and educated in Bendigo and Rochester in Victoria, Margaret Campbell-Ryder has now been a loyal Queenslander for the last 50 years.

Since 1998, Margaret and her late husband Graham, have owned and managed the Red Hill Gallery.  In 2004 they opened their second art gallery “Emporium Gallery of Fine Arts” in the Fortitude Valley which was highly successful and had a change of direction.

Margaret curates Red Hill Gallery daily with her five Art Consultants. This involves the design, structure, and scheduling of the monthly feature exhibition program along with the management, support and mentoring of over 125 artists.  Margaret has also created and collaborated on special event exhibitions such as the Brisbane Hilton Hotel’s 21st Birthday.

The curatorship, organisation, planning and presentation of exhibitions have been a natural progression from Margaret’s extensive experience in fashion, retail and event management.  Her unique skills and talents have made Red Hill Gallery one of Australia’s leading art galleries.

Selected for inclusion in the “Who’s Who of Queensland” 2008, a publication of the state’s best and brightest held in the highest regard. 

Published Author – Humble Leaders “Stories of Courage, Strength and Perseverance” 2021 Curated by Erik Bigalk & Janelle Bostock.  Chapter 7 : “Get on With it and Think Big” by Margaret Campbell-Ryder.

Association of Women Art Dealers AWAD (only Australian member of this organisation).

Member of Women Chiefs of Enterprises International 2020 – 

Executive Member Advisory Council to Energy Ombudsman (Qld) 2007- 2012

Vice President and Executive Member The Retailers Association 2006- 2010

Member Organising Committee Paralympics Fund Raising Dinners 2002

Financial Committee Karuna Hospice Services 2001-03

Organising Committee Palliative Care National Conference 2000 

Member of Women’s Network Australia 1991-

Management Committee Australia Day Council (Qld) 1996-99

Event Co-ordinator Australia Day Functions and Special Events Brisbane 1988-1999 

Owner and Director Zargold Events Management and Fashion Consultancy 1987-98 

Director Brisbane City Heart Business Association 1982-97

National General Manager Splendiferous Women’s Fashion Stores 1985-87 

Director of Buying McDonnell and East Dept Stores 1983-85 

Senior Merchandise Controller Reids Dept Stores 1977-83 

Fashion Buyer Sportsgirl 1972-77 

Margaret’s passion and motivation is the mentoring of young emerging Australian artists.

“My favourite place would have to be the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, together with the adjoining Queensland Art Gallery. Both are world class facilities and have on-going programs that introduce people of all ages to art in all its forms”. 

For more of John’s artwork, see the Red Hill Gallery site here.

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Episode: S23E11

Original Air Date: 29th July 2022

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