John Kodrič is among those who weren’t satisfied with those artistic talents which were recognised in his childhood. Painting now dominates his life. His formal art studies, along with participation in many exhibitions, have enabled him to enjoy profitable results. Kodric’s paintings, which are comprised of a variety of motifs, reveal aspects of both homelands and record the pulse of his own creative spirit. A steadfast and strong colourist, he shows a multi-layering of selected motifs and accents that enable active realisation of his work. Is red the colour of love or of spilt blood? Are the townsfolk co-creators of their own locality or small figures in contemporary architecture which is swallowing Nature?
Alenka Černelič Krošelj, Lecturer of Art History, Ethnologist and Cultural Anthropologist
John Kodric arrived in Australia from Slovenia in 1960. Having not painted before, John was immediately impressed with Australian Impressionists like Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts from the famous Heidelberg School. John enjoyed analysing the works of Frederick McCubbin and wished he too could paint with such emotion.
Conditions were always tough, and work often left no time for painting or recreation. John moved around Australia and eventually moved to New Zealand in 1966. He finally decided to buy himself a proper set of brushes and tried to paint at least a few hours every week. After a few years, John had one of his first solo exhibitions at Air NZ House in Auckland.
John decided to move back to Australia and immediately won first prize at the Geelong Art Society. This gave John great confidence moving forward. By now, he was painting landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes. When John joined the Victorian Art Society, he was immediately impressed with the watercolours of Joseph Zbukvich. John decided to study watercolours under Alvaro Casteguet, Maxwell Wilks and David Taylor. He found you could really learn by seeing the artist paint before your very eyes. John, however, still found it hard to find the time to study and paint.
In the past 30 years, John has had over 20 solo exhibitions across the world including Australia, New Zealand, Slovenia and Italy. His last European shows were very successful. John’s work hangs in many private collections across the world and John even has a prize painting sitting in the halls of the Irish Parliament.
John is backed by his wife Sele and their two children. He hopes you enjoy his website and his work. Please feel free to contact John with any queries on purchases, commissions, exhibitions or painting itself. John is always happy to hear from you!
2002-2004 Diploma of art -Visual Arts, Victoria University
1989-1993 Study Watercolour medium at Victoria’s Society, Melbourne
2006 John Kodric Gallery Vodnikova Domacija, Ljubljana, Slov~mia
2005 John Kodric Fitzroy Gallery 274 Fitzroy S1. Fitzroy, Melbourne
2001 John Kodric Castle Rihemberk, Branik, Slovenia
1999 John Kodric Victorian Artist Society 430 Albert S1. Melbourne
1998 John Kodric Australian Guild of Realist Artist Ltd. Camberwell
1996 John Kodric Slovenski Kulturni Dom , Gorizia, Italy
1996 John Kodric Zoran Music Gallery, Castle Dobrovo , Slovenia
1995 John Kodric Downtown Hilton Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
1995 John Kodric AMP. Square Foyer Gallery, Melbourne
1994 John Kodric T.K. Gallery, Trieste, Italy
1993 John Kodric AMP. Square Foyer GallSI)’, Melbourne
1992 John Kodric AMP. Square Foyer Gallery, Melbourne
L991 John Kodric AMP. Square Foyer Gallery, Melbourne
1989 John Kodric AMP. Square Foyer Gallery, Melbourne
1978 John Kodric Air New Zealand House, Auckland, NZ.
1977 John Kodric Air New Zealand House, Auckland, NZ.
1976 John Kodric The Auckland Building Centre Gallery, NZ.
SELECTED GRANTS AND AWARDS
2008 First Price ,Qenos art Show, Bayside Festival 2008 Altona
2007 Best Landscapes, Beta Sigma & Rotary of Werrebee
1997 First Price, Exhibition ,Sprinding, Geelong Artist’s Society
1983 The Best painting ,Rotary Club of Altona art Show
SELECTED GROUP EXIHIBITIONS
1983-2001 Each year in Bendigo, Ballarat, Altona ,Werribee, Mt.Warwely and Camberwell
Also in the Slovenian Clubs, Jadran ,Eltham, Geelong and Sydney
Victoria University, Footscray Park Campus, Parliament House, Dubin Ireland
Minister for Republic of Slovenia. BASF Cassette Co. Germany, Chemical Co. Katsuo
Kojima, Japan, Also in Private collections UK. France, Italy, Germany, Israel, Japan, USA.
Australia and Slovenia.
The Irish Echo, Presentation of painting (The Palladium at Crown Melbourne) Photo March 27 -April 192003 p. 11
The Australian Irish Network, The Tain April 2003 N 24 Colour photo inside of the back cover.
Victoria University- Talking Tafe Strengthens Irish link N6 August 2003 p. 6
Victoria University -Nexus Story about presentation of painting October 2003 p3
2001 TV Channel” Primorka ” Slovenia. TV Channel” One” Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mladika , April 1994 “Slovenian for today” Trieste, Italy p.107-113
Ethnic Arts Directory, 3rd edition 1983, p.288