John Santucci

Born in NSW, but growing up in South Australia, John Santucci now paints from his home in Byron Bay. After training as a fitter and turner, attended North Adelaide School of Art. He then spent many years in the film industry working as a scenic artist and artistic director among other things, while also creating and exhibiting his own artwork. He now works full time as an artist, and parent. 

Inspiration for my work comes from many areas Architecture, Film and life experiences. Like many, I've always had a fascination for the circus. The Big Top is a place of magic, illusion, risk and spectacle - it encompasses childlike wonder along with something darker, even sinister.

Caravans appear regularly in my work and are representative of a family history of migration and movement.

Much of the work views its subject - city, suburban and religious iconography, industry and nature - from a floating, dreamlike perspective. That sense of playfulness and whimsy balances weightier themes of family, work and culture. 

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