Welcome to John Pasquarelli Art
John reminds visitors to his website that he is also an expert on Oceanic Art and is available to advise on this subject and from time to time he will offer for sale such items
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About Johns Art
The highest price to date for a Pasquarelli is $12,000 paid for a landscape which sold ex gallery for $5,000.
In 1947, John Pasquarelli was encouraged to go to the Stanley Hobday Art School in Queen Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia when he was ten years of age, by his beloved Aunt Dolores(Dorothy). Disaster struck when John’s aunt was shot while she was waiting for a tram at the Coorparoo tram stop on a Saturday morning when she was on her way to take John to the art school. The crazed shooter was an Austrian antique shop owner who stalked John’s aunt after she visited his shop with John’s mother. The murderer killed himself at the scene but John’s doctor father tried in vain to save her at the Mater Hospital.
In 1968 John took the famous artist Margaret Olley up the Sepik River and became good friends with her, earning a considerable mention in one of her biographies. A photograph of Olley taken by John in 1974 is in the National Gallery, Canberra, Australia.
John ceased his art lessons and did not pick up a brush again until 2001 when he started painting using acrylic on Masonite. John’s paintings are unashamedly Australian and his style is realistic.
He had his first show in September 2003 at the Collins Street Gallery, which was opened by Labor’s Barry Jones. Two very successful shows followed but John’s fourth show foreshadowed what was starting to happen as a result of the GFC. Since then, many art galleries and antique shops have closed down and many artists have stopped working.
John put his painting on hold when he started going back to PNG and in late 2013 he sold his Newstead house and moved to Townsville.
Art galleries now charge 40-50% commission and John considers this ridiculous so he is having his website refreshed and intends meeting the market and selling only off his website.
John reminds visitors to his website that he is also an expert on Oceanic Art and is available to advise on this subject and from time to time he will offer for sale such items.