John MeyerAbout The Artist
I want to explore the private world of people’s lives, the enigmatic unexplained and hidden emotions. I want to create a window into what is normally unseen by others.
Born in Bloemfontein in 1942, John Meyer is one of South Africa’s most prominent contemporary realists. He realised his passion for breathing life into art at a young age, and so although he became a professional painter in 1972, he has been painting all of his life. Before his transition into painting full time, Meyer studied at the Johannesburg Technical College School of Art, before joining an advertising agency. In 1967, Meyer settled in London where he carried on his studies in art while working as a freelance illustrator.
Meyer is regarded as the leading figure in the Hyper-Realist movement in Southern Africa and has created a number of incredible works in the genres of landscape, portraiture and narrative art, and throughout his illustrious career he has travelled extensively to paint and to exhibit his works across the United States, Europe and locally, in South Africa. He has worked with many other prominent international figures, including renowned concert pianist Vladimir Horowitz, Paul Allan of Microsoft and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Meyer’s work in what he calls the “narrative” genre is particularly unique and compelling. It uses art to tell the story behind the story by evoking people caught in emotional ambiguities. Recently, he has used this approach in a number of narratives in historical settings. Meyers’ narratives are deeply profound and personal, creating a window into a private world, drawing out unusual aspects about the lives of his subjects and highlighting what is unseen by others. It engages with the viewer and encourages them interpret the paintings in a way that is meaningful to them.
For more information please visit his website at https://www.johnmeyerpaintings.com/