John Gould (1952)
‘Portrait of a Solomon Islander’ (circa 2012)

Signed lower right
Oil on canvas, H. 155.5 x W. 72.3 cm

Born in England of British- Icelandic parents, Gould lived in England, Iceland, Ireland, Germany and Singapore before emigrating to Australia, fourteen-years old, in 1966. There he studied at the Canberra School of Art with the sculptor Ron Robertson- Swann with whom he worked, after graduating in 1978, on the Melbourne City Square sculpture ‘Vault’.
From 1986 to 1988 John was based in Nairobi, Kenya, and his subsequent stay from 1994 till 1997 in Harare, Zimbabwe, marked a move from sculpture to painting.

John Gould (1952)
‘Portrait of a Solomon Islander’ (circa 2012)

In 2001-2004 he was in Beijing, and in 2010- 2012 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea where he explored the landscapes and cultures of New Guinea and nearby Solomon islands through his paintings. He had many major exhibitions of his sculptures and paintings in Australia, Zimbabwe, Beijing, and Port Moresby. Gould now is back in his home country Australia where he is teaching painting and drawing and has exhibitions reflecting his interest in Pacific and Australian environments and habitats.

John Gould (1952) ‘Portrait of a Solomon Islander’ (circa 2012)