John Earle is one of Australia’s most renowned landscape artists. He was born in Newcastle in 1955, grew up and was educated here.

He has been exhibiting his paintings regularly since completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Art (1981).

He has had 19 solo exhibitions in Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne and has been in many group exhibitions.

He has been hung in the Wynne Prize for landscape painting (Art Gallery of NSW) six times.

His work is in public and private collections throughout Australia, New Zealand, USA, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

In 1994 John established his studio/gallery as a place where you are welcome to call in to see a changing display of his paintings, limited edition reproductions and fine art prints. Subjects include Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, Sydney, Melbourne, northern NSW, and Queensland.

John Earle

solo exhibitions

1981 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1983 Barry Stern’s Exhibiting Gallery, Sydney.
1983 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1984 Tom Silver Fine Art Gallery, Melbourne.
1984 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1984 Barry Stern’s Gallery, Sydney.
1985 Barry Stern’s Exhibiting Gallery, Sydney.
1986 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1987 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1988 Barry Stern’s Exhibiting Gallery, Sydney.
1989 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1990 Barry Stern’s Exhibiting Gallery, Sydney.
1991 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1992 ‘Headlands’, Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney.
1993 Valerie Cohen Fine Art, Sydney.
1993 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1995 Barry Stern’s Gallery, Sydney.
1996 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1997 Barry Stern’s Gallery, Sydney.
2001 Pymble Ladies College, Sydney.
2004 ‘Panoramic Vision’, Survey Exhibition at Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle.
2004 ‘Confessions from both sides of a bad brain [brushworks and others from the jetson estate]’, Marlene Antico Fine Arts, Sydney.
2006 ‘Paintings + Graphics’, Gallery 460, Gosford.
2008 ‘Landscape’, Maunsell Wickes at Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney.
2010 Surfing Destinations, for ‘Surfest’, John Earle Studio, Newcastle.
2010 Oceanscapes, for Beyond Blue, John Earle Studio, Newcastle.
2011 The Newcastle and Bali coastline, for ‘Surfest’, John Earle Studio, Newcastle.
2011 Local Landscapes, for La Valla School, Cambodia, John Earle Studio, Newcastle.
2011 Sydney Paintings, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney.
2012 Newcastle, for Merewether High School, John Earle Studio, Newcastle.
2013 Victoria’s coastline, Beaumaris Art Group, Beaumaris.

group exhibitions

1981 ‘Wynne Prize’, Art Gallery of NSW, ‘Newcastle Children’s Pool at Dawn’.
1982 ‘Ten Realist Painters’, Barry Stern’s Exhibiting Gallery, Sydney.
1982 Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1983 ‘Landscape Now’, Solander Gallery, Canberra.
1986 Barry Stern’s Exhibiting Gallery, Sydney.
1987 Barry Stern’s Exhibiting Gallery, Sydney for release of publication ‘New Art One’.
1987 ‘Harbour Foreshores’, Mosman Gallery, Sydney.
1988 ‘Wynne Prize’, Art Gallery of NSW, ‘The view looking south from Redhead Bluff’.
1989 ‘Wynne Prize’, Art Gallery of NSW, ‘Newcastle Beach’.
1990 ‘Wynne Prize’, Art Gallery of NSW, ‘The Bogey Hole’.
1991 ‘Five Years On’ with Blake Twigden, James Voigt, and Peter Hickey, Barry Stern’s Exhibiting Gallery, Sydney.
1992 Regional Art Galleries of NSW, travelling exhibition.
1992 ‘Wynne Prize’, Art Gallery of NSW, ‘Newcastle Harbour’.
1992 ‘Milestones’, University of Newcastle.
1993 ‘Survey of Male Artists of the Hunter Valley’, Maitland City Art Gallery.
1994 ‘Wynne Prize’, Art Gallery of NSW, ‘Neilson Park, Afternoon’.
1995 ‘The Nobby’s Collection’, and book launch, Newcastle Region Art Gallery.
1995 ‘Glimpses of Everyday Life’, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.
1996 ‘Palm Beach’, Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney.
1996 ‘Images of the Heart, TAFE Hunter Street Art School, Newcastle.
1996 ‘Save the Reef’, Internet Art Auction, University of Sydney.
1997 ‘Images of the Heart, TAFE Hunter Street Art School, Newcastle.
1998 ‘Paintings of Summer’, Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney.
1998 ‘Waterways’, Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1998 ‘The Group Show’, Gallery Attica, Katoomba.
1998 ‘Out of Australia’, Lui Hai-su National Art Museum, Shanghai.
1998 ‘Julian Eather, John Earle, Greg Hyde’, Moulton Galleries, Mosman.
1999 ‘Towards Sydney 2000’ – 16 Australian Contemporary Painters, The Rotunda, Central Hong Kong.
1999 ‘John Earle & Rod Bathgate’, Cooks Hill Gallery, Newcastle.
1999 ‘John Earle & James Willebrandt’, Station Masters Cottage, Toronto.
2000 Station Masters Cottage, Toronto.
2000 ‘Recent Paintings’, Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney.
2001 ‘Selected Works’, Maitland City Art Gallery.
2002 ‘Australian Realist & Modern Painters’, The Rotunda, Central Hong Kong.
2004 ‘Old Town, New City’, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle.
2005 ‘Swell’, Lake Macquarie Art Gallery.
2008 ‘Small Works II’, Borg Galleries, Gosford.
2008 ‘Interpretations…Coal River Precinct’, The John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle.
2009 Maunsell Wickes, Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney.
2011 Flowers & Plants, John Earle Studio, Newcastle.
2011 Paddington Art Prize, Menzies Art Brands Gallery, Sydney.
2014 Terrigal Plein Air Painters, Gosford.
2014 Laman Street Art Prize, Newcastle.
2015 Dawn Patrol, Gallery 139, Hamilton, NSW.
2015 Terrigal Plein Air Painters, Gosford.

awards, commissions and projects

1980 Elioth Gruner Prize for Landscape, Art Gallery of NSW.
1981 Bradmill Prize, Maitland Show.
1981 Charles Raisbeck Memorial Prize and Drawing Award, Cessnock.
1982 Cecily Mitchell Watercolour Prize, Maitland Show.
1982 Singleton Art Prize, local section.
1983 Maitland Art Prize, Co-winner.
1986 Apollo Motel, Newcastle (20 oil paintings and watercolours).
1988 Ansett for their Hayman Island Resort (20 watercolours).
1989 Co-ordinated children’s mural for foyer of Hunter Life Education centre,Newcastle.
1992 Royal North Shore Hospital for 11th World Congress of Anesthesiologists, Sydney (painting).
1998 Painting for bookcover ‘Riverchange’, Six new histories of the Hunter.
2001 Mural for Mission Australia’s Winter Sleepout, Northern NSW Area.
2001 Artist in Residence, Pymble Ladies College, NSW, (August).
2006 Artist in Residence, Huvafen Fushi Resort, Republic of Maldives (July).
2007 Travelled to Belgium, France & London for research & commissioned paintings.
2008 Travelled to Laguna Beach CA for research and commissioned paintings.
2013 Weston Art Prize, landscape section.