" I have been captivated by art, for as nearly as long as I can recall. All around me I see lines, colours, shapes and textures. This has a profound effect, and I want to respond to it by making my own visual images. Art has its own language and evokes passion in different forms. My responses also take on different forms, drawing, writing and painting. I enjoy experimenting with materials and concepts.

In recent work, I also want a tactile element, so I have used mask making. It adds a sculptural element to my work. I have used it to represent a common theme in my work, which is using the Cantonese Opera painted mask.

The human body and portraits are a common subject of my art. Working with models is a source of inspiration. Trying to capture the way that a person is sitting, the expression on their face or the way they move is fascinating.
My art is the way I record these observations and feelings. "

John McArthur has held solo exhibitions and participated in group shows in Hong Kong and overseas. His work is a combination of drawing, calligraphy, and painting. It is included in private collections in Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and the United Kingdom.

John was formally trained in visual arts, majoring in painting and drawing at U.S.Q Australia. He has continued studying by attending various courses at calligraphy schools and art workshops in Hong Kong, Australia, Italy and the U.S.A.

Within Hong Kong, John is a member of a number of organisations in the artistic community. These include the "Alpha Beta Club", a western calligraphy group in Hong Kong, the "Creative Figure Studio" - a life drawing group, The Fringe Club and The Cattle Depot.

Although an Australian artist, John has been a resident of Hong Kong since 1999.

Artist in Residence II - Portal- Work and Play
  May 2007, Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, HK
Headlining the latest event will be renowned Hong Kong artist Victor Lai, Australian born John McArthur and , Ann Williams.
The Face of Asia 亞洲面孔
  Paintings & Photography 繪畫及攝影

Red Room Productions 紅屋製作
Saturday, May 12, 2007 - Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Economist Gallery
Several Hong Kong-based artists, including Kat Cooper, Haruka Ashida, Amy Atkinson and John McArthur, exhibit portraits of Asian women
BODY SEARCH
  13, 14, 20 21 January 2007
is an exhibition of sculptures, calligraphy, drawings and paintings by four members of Joy Art Club
Art of Gift, Gift of Art
  11 November 2006, Koru Art Gallery
Figure Heads Return 2006
  2006, Creative Figure Studio
A joint exhibition by the members of the Creative Figure Studio is currently being held at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, 7A, Kennedy Road.
Melange
  30 June 2006, Yoga - Fitness Studio Hong Kong
Melange
  30 June 2006, Yoga - Fitness Studio Hong Kong
Australia: Art and About
  4 April 2006, Koru-HK Gallery
Art of Gift......Gift of Art
  25 November 2005, Koru-HK Gallery
Transitions
  24 June 2005, Koru-HK Gallery
"Give Peace a Chance" - Calligraphy Exhibition
  2005, Artland Gallery HK
Celebration – Group Calligraphy Show 2003 Wesleyan University ,Ohio U.S.A
   
Exposure
  28 June 2003, STUDIO 8 HK
Alpha Beta Club Calligraphy Exhibition
  2002, Artland Gallery HK
Art-Now and Tomorrow
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