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John Mutsaers was born in Eindhoven, Holland. Paint must run through his veins, with generations of artists on both sides of his family. John migrated to Melbourne, Victoria in 1956.
As a boy the works of Jan Steen, Jan Vermeer, Vincent van Gogh and Kees Bol roused John’s interest in painting. He spent two summer schools at the National Gallery Art School with artists Ian Bow and Clifton Pugh – who also had an early influence on his work. John spent four years under the tutelage of John Balmain, who taught him composition and the principles of tonal painting.
Although painting is John’s major discipline, his first international success was the sale of a copper and iron sculpture based on C J Dennis’ poem, “The Sentimental Bloke”. His six 2.5 ton stone and steel sculptures, “Forks in Spuds,” a featured solo exhibition in Melbourne, now permanently placed beside the Princess Highway near the Spud Shed in Trafalgar.
John Mutsaers’s work is represented in public, corporate, and private collections around the world, including Holland, England, Ireland, USA, China, Canada and Australia.