1974 – 1978, Oil on hardboard, Length 20m, Height 2.3m
People enjoying a day at the beach in the sunshine
The subject of this mural is simple – that of people enjoying a day at the beach in the sunshine. It is set at Mangawhai Heads, where John and family were living at the time.
The very left most panels were paintings from a previous series Beckoning Land, and have been included in the mural to contrast the crowded scenes with the naturalness of sea, sand, and sky.
John gathered material in the form of small, quick sketches, made surreptitiously, of people on the beach.
The whole colour wheel is used as much as possible.
The construction of the mural is similar to that of the Shearing mural. Each picture is a separate piece of hardboard. The pictures are joined together with backing timber in panels of approximately 20 pictures.
Printmaking Over 200 prints were made of this mural – lithographs, etchings, and woodcuts.
Series also includes: