John Lendis is a widely collected artist whose works straddle the space between the physical environment in which he lives and the emotional landscape that his subjects invoke and inhabit.  Originally from the UK, John gained his fine art training in Australia where he has been widely exhibited and collected alongside several UK solo exhibitions.  Having moved back to the UK some 10 years ago, his paintings blend the wealth of richness from his life experiences allowing the viewer to take journeys between what is real and what is imagined.

Recurring themes and motifs reoccur in John's work; journeys, indecision, our relationship with the natural world, our interior and exterior self.  

His paintings blend loose and urgent brushwork with exquisite attention to detail giving the viewer questions to answer and lifetime of interest in each piece.  His rich use of oils, both suggestive and intricately detailed, produce emotional connections to his paintings that draws focus but also allows an almost dream like absorption of the scenes.  The questioning eyes of his female subjects beguile us, tempt us even tease us.  His works form relationships with their owners instantly and continue to yield secrets and pose mysteries long afterwards.

Born Nottingham, UK, 1950


2006 Master of Fine Arts, School of Art, Hobart, University of Tasmania
1996 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), School of Art, Hobart, University of Tasmania
1995 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), School of Art, Hobart, University of Tasmania
1970 Diploma in Textile design, Nottingham College of Art and Design

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013 Brook, Celia Lendis Galleries
2012 Solo exhibition, Handmark Gallery, Tasmania
2011 Snow, Handmark Gallery, Tasmania
2010 A View from Kelmscott, Brantwood, John Ruskin Museum, Cumbria UK
2010 New Worlds, Celia Lendis Gallery, UK
2010 The Last Days of Wilderness, Handmark Gallery, Hobart
2009 Invisible Cities, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2009 Voyages of desire, Handmark Gallery, Hobart
2007 Profane Illuminations, Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Lady Jane and The Sleep of Reason, Ancanthe Museum, Hobart Tasmania
2007 The Mapmakers Dream, Fisher Galleries, Auckland, New Zealand
2006 Ocean, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2006 St Sebastian & the Wounded Forest, MFA exhibition, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
2006 St Sebastian & the Wounded Forest, Fisher Galleries, Auckland, New Zealand, touring to

Wellington and Christchurch
2005 Sarah and Jane, The Salamanca Collection , Hobart
2005 Telling tales of Lady Jane, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney 2004 Dreaming of The River, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney 2004 The River, The Salamanca Collection , Hobart
2003 Silent Spaces, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2002 South Wind, Autore Gallery, Melbourne
2002 Traffic, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2001 Trespass, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2000 Searching for the Moon, The Salamanca Collection , Hobart 2000 Observing Imagination, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney


Government House, Tasmania
Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University
State Government of Tasmania
Private Collections in Europe, America, Asia and Australia

Selected Group Exhibitions

2007 New Work, Handmark Gallery, Hobart

2005 Solitude, Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania
2005 Novobirisk International Biennial, Novobirisk, Russia 2003 Ten Days on The Island Exhibition, Tasmania
2003 Novobirisk International Biennial, Novobirisk, Russia 2002 Synergy, CSIRO-Bett Gallery, Hobart
2001 Ten Days on the Island Exhibition, Tasmania

Awards and Grants

2008 Artist in Residence, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University, England 2004 National Association for Visual Artists Grant
2004 Arts Tasmania Grant
2002 Australian Postgraduate Research Award (major grant to undertake Masters in Fine Art) 2001 Arts Tasmania Grant (Joint)

2000 National Association for Visual Arts Grant

Selected Reviews and Commentary

2013 Exhibition Feature, Cotswold Preview (May 2013)
2012 Feature article, The Mercury (June 2012)
2010 Review of The Last days of Wilderness, The Mercury (10 March)
2007 ABC Television, Stateline, Review of exhibition ‘Lady Jane and the sleep of Reason’ (June)
2007 Michael Denholm, Review, ‘Saint Sebastian and The Wounded Forest’, Art in Australia, Autumn 2007 Penny Thow, ‘Lady Janes’ Artist’, The Sunday Tasmanian (April)
2006 Dr Roslynn D. Haynes, ‘John Lendis: The Mythic Journey Through Wilderness’, ch. 21 of

‘Picturing Wilderness: Creating the Image,’ Tasmanian Visions: Landscapes in Writing, Art and

Photography, Polymath Press, Tasmania, 2006 2005 Joerg Andersch, Review, The Mercury (November) 2004 Joerg Andersch, Review, The Mercury (30 October)

Kane Young, ‘River Touches Tassie’s Roots’, The Mercury (29 October) Danielle Wood,’ Here Be Dragons’ 40 Degrees South (December 2004) Preview, The Sydney Morning Herald (May 04)
Lisa Tonks, Art and Antiques in NSW (April/May 04)

James Kerr, ‘In Touch’, The Mercury, (29 October)
2002 Peter Timms, ‘New Paintings by John Lendis’, The Australian (25 February)

Helen Tyzack, ’ John Lendis: Traffic’, Eyeline Magazine (Autumn)