John Bredl is a self-taught artist. He began painting and drawing at a very early age.
John joined the army at the age of seventeen, and served as a Physical Training Instructor for six years. He then received an honourable discharge and continued to work at the Portsea Army Officer Cadet School as a curator/grounds man. During this time John became involved in music, forming his own band which was very successful and demanded all of his time, so John left his job and took up the job of sound engineer in his band, lasted for many years until the band split up. John’s life took a different path. He felt he wanted to take the challenge of a life as an Artist; he had dabbled throughout his life as a hobby, however he knew art would never pay the bills straight away so he continued to work as a sound engineer which took up weekends, leaving him most weeks to paint. John started going to local markets to sell his art work. John was painting in Oils and Acrylics, working mostly from photographs. Sales from the markets and Rotary Art Shows kept him in paint and canvas for a few years. Then in 1991 John started winning awards at these art shows. The markets were also showing positive results. Having a stall at the St Kilda Esplanade opened the door to many international buyers. At this time John was working and touring with Ronnie Burns, Daryl Cotton and Russell Morris. On one country trip John was looking out the car window and thought “what am I doing passing this countryside so quickly, I want to paint it” And so he did. John gave notice and left the group to put all of himself and his time into his Art.
Today John is still a self-taught artist. His oil paintings have increased in size and price, and have been a strong incentive for the investor. His friendly nature and will to share and exchange ideas has made his camaraderie most valuable to his fellow artists.
John is regularly invited to judge many Art Shows and perform demonstrations, workshops, and art classes. John has not looked back since deciding to be a professional artist. Everyday John paints in his studio or in the field almost to the point of becoming obsessed with trying to capture the Australian land and seascapes.
To date John has won over 250 awards and commendations, has held many solo and joint exhibitions and has been featured in the Australian Artist Magazine and the Australian International Artist Magazine.
John’s work is in many Australian collections and in America, England, Germany, Japan and Canadian collections.
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