‘Australia on Fire’ by John D Edwards is a mixed media painting on canvas. This painting was made in response to the bush fires that swept through Australia in 2019-2020.
The bushfires burned more than 46 million acres (72,000 square miles) – roughly the same area as the entire country of Syria. At least 3,500 homes and thousands of other buildings were lost and 34 people died in the thousands of fires between September 2019 and March 2020. The majority of deaths and destruction were in New South Wales (NSW), while the Northern Territory accounted for approximately 1/3 of the burned area. At least 80% of the Blue Mountains World Heritage area in NSW and 53% of the Gondwana world heritage rainforests in Queensland (QLD) were burned.
John D Edwards
John was born in London in 1952. He studied at Harrow and Central Schools of Art from 1970 to 1974. During the seventies he worked with a number of artists including Peter Blake, Jim Dine, Barry Flanagan, John Hoyland, Richard Hamilton, Allen Jones and Ben Nicholson in London, Europe and the United States.
Since 1980 his work has been shown consistently all over the world; in London galleries, for example, Odette Gilbert Gallery Cork Street, The Mayor Gallery and The Lefevre Gallery and in San Francisco at The Charles Campbell Gallery. In Houston Texas at Somoza Simms and in Tokyo at Spark Inc. His work has also been shown in many solo and group exhibitions in numerous international art fairs. His paintings, prints and sculptures are in many public and private collections world wide.