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Heavy Work hauling over the Hill
San Gimignano - Tuscany
Bernard and the Big Boys
Fifi and Fido at Flatford Mill
Bringing in the Boss's Buckskin
Crumb and Kirk with the Cattle in the Capertee
Midge and Michael in the Macquarie marshes
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John Cornwell Paintings
John Cornwell has been a professional artist, for over 30 years, is famous for his rural Australiana, working horse teams, portraits, landscapes and marine subjects. However his best-known work is probably his sculpture of Trim, now an icon of the City of Sydney, and subject of Bryce Courtenay’s book, “Matthew Flinders’ Cat.” He is having his 32nd one-man show in 2005.He was invited as the sole representative for the Australian continent in a Global Art Exhibition in the Sultanate of Oman in 2001, as part of the Muscat Festival, where he exhibited with other world famous artists from every continent. His work continues to elicit admiration from overseas buyers.He is a fifth generation descendant of early settlers. When he finished school, he took up a scholarship at the National Art School, at East Sydney, after which he went into art related business, until returning to fine art full time in 1970. He quickly obtained commissions for murals and paintings, and has been busy ever since. He developed an interest in sculpture in the mid-seventies, and amongst other commissions executed the bronze of “Trim” for the NSW State Library in 1996. There are also bronze bas-reliefs on the Memorial Arch in Kiama Rotary Park, executed for “Australia Remembers” in 1996, near his bronze bas-relief “The Pioneers” done in 1988.In 1958 John married his wife Norma, and they have two adult sons They moved to Kiama from Sydney in 1988, where John’s has been able to pursue his keen interest in Australian and Maritime History as President of the District Historical Society. Much of his work has been reproduced as prints, on calendars and on 3 series of decorative plates. He is widely represented in local and overseas corporate and private collections.He has recently started a series of paintings inspired by outstanding gardens. He also has a distinguished record as a portrait painter. He was given the Centenary Medal in 2004, and created a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary in 2005.
Trained at the National Art School East Sydney
Centenary Medal 2004 (Honour bestowed by Federal Government)
Paul Harris Fellow 2005
Selected Commissions/collections:
Bronze bas-relief 1988, The Pioneers Kiama Rotary Park NSW

NSW State Public Library bronze of Flinders cat, Trim, Sydney 1996

2 Bronze bas-reliefs for the Memorial Arch in Kiama Rotary Park, which was installed for "Australia Remembers" 1996.

Single Exhibitions:
Sebert Gallery, Sydney, 1973

Wyoming Court Gallery, Orange 1975, 1976, 1978

Roseville Galleries, Sydney 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981

Marsden Gallery, Bathurst 1979, 1983, 1984

Sylvania Galleries, Sydney 1992

Jinchilla Gallery, Dubbo 1994

Boyd Gallery, Narellan 1994, 1998, 2003, 2005

The Sandstone Church, Kenthurst 1995 (2 man joint exhibition)

Group Exhibitions:
Numerous since 1970, amongst others : Sydney Royal Easter Show, Southern Cross Art Prize,The Alice Art Prize.
Artist's Statement:
See above biog.
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