John Orlando Birt

John Orlando Birt was born in Broken Hill and now resides in Melbourne after living in Adelaide for 20 years.

John first made his name as an industrial designer. For as long as he can remember he has had a fascination for mechanical objects. This early interest, along with his developing artistic skills, motivated John to study design. This grew into a career as a senior designer in the automotive industry both in South Australia and Victoria. Working in this field required John to travel extensively, with extended stays in Italy, the USA, England and Japan. Whilst travelling he used the opportunity to paint landscapes en plein air. He eventually abandoned industrial design to become a professional painter. His background in drawing mechanised subjects has been a great asset to him, and his superior draughtsmanship can be seen in his watercolours.

Yet it is perhaps his mastery of light that is the single most striking factor in his work – light portrayed, light reflected and light suffused. He enjoys the challenge of capturing its effects on his surroundings such as buildings, landscapes, water and the changing moods at different times of the day. The atmospheric effects light creates always catches his eye. As an artist John believes that painting on location ensures that he captures the essence of the subject, especially the subtleties and nuances of that time and place.

John is represented in private and corporate collections in Japan, USA, England, Italy and Australia. Corporate collections include AXA Australia, Nufarm Pty Ltd, Tennis Australia, RAAF Canberra, Peninsular Sea Road Transport and Dadco (UK) Ltd, London.


 

     
Naples Yellow DS Awc 15ml
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Naples Yellow DS Awc 15ml

Naples Yellow DS Awc 15ml

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Consider non-staining lightfast Naples Yellow a bonus pigment. A true butter colour, this Cadmium Yellow Light with a touch of Venetian Red is made a...
Hansa Yellow Deep DS Awc 15ml
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Hansa Yellow Deep DS Awc 15ml

Hansa Yellow Deep DS Awc 15ml

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Permanent Yellow Deep DS Awc 15ml
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Permanent Yellow Deep DS Awc 15ml

Permanent Yellow Deep DS Awc 15ml

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Pyrrol Orange DS Awc 15ml

Pyrrol Orange DS Awc 15ml

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Quinacridone Rose DS Awc 15ml

Quinacridone Rose DS Awc 15ml

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Cobalt Violet Deep DS Awc 15ml

Cobalt Violet Deep DS Awc 15ml

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Cobalt Blue DS Awc 15ml

Cobalt Blue DS Awc 15ml

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Ultramarine Blue DS Awc 15ml

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Cerulean Blue, Chromium DS Awc 15ml

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Cobalt Teal Blue DS Awc 15ml

Cobalt Teal Blue DS Awc 15ml

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Phthalo Turquoise DS Awc 15ml

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French Ochre DS Awc 15ml

French Ochre DS Awc 15ml

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Mars Yellow DS Awc 15ml

Mars Yellow DS Awc 15ml

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Raw Sienna DS Awc 15ml

Raw Sienna DS Awc 15ml

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Used since prehistoric times, an extremely permanent inorganic earth pigment of low intensity but medium-high tinting strength. Balance the...
Italian Burnt Sienna DS Awc 15ml
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Italian Burnt Sienna DS Awc 15ml

Italian Burnt Sienna DS Awc 15ml

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This sienna is a natural orange-brown earth pigment imported from Italy. Use this and the 'limited edition' siennas with the same method and purpose...
Quinacridone Sienna DS Awc 15ml
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Quinacridone Sienna DS Awc 15ml

Quinacridone Sienna DS Awc 15ml

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The ultimate low-staining glazing pigment, certainly finer than any Burnt Sienna. For the traditional and purist watercolour painter, Quinacridone...
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Burnt Umber DS Awc 15ml

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This rich dark brown earth pigment is popular with artists due to its semi-transparent or semi-opaque qualities. It is lightfast, low-staining, and...