Johanna De Maine, who specialises in fine porcelain featuring gold leaf, has had her vase ‘Bountiful Harvest’ selected under the acquisitions category for works below $2,000.
“I have long admired Johanna’s creations, which are unique, and I was very pleased to have been able to draw the attention of the Parliament House Art Collection to the works,” Mr Slipper said.
“It is wonderful for a work of art from the Sunshine Coast hinterland to be acquired for the Collection and recognised and honoured in this way.”
Ms De Maine’s works already feature in the collections of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Crown Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark, and of the Governor General, and also they are in the National Gallery of Australia, the Queensland Art Gallery, and in many regional art galleries across Australia.
This latest announcement that she will now also feature in the Parliament House Art Collection at Canberra is another great achievement.
“It is an honour to know that my work is being valued in such a way and that this piece will be part of Australia’s heritage into the future,” Ms De Maine said.
Ms De Maine has always been inspired by her local area, especially the Glasshouse Mountains, which are depicted in this delightful work of porcelain, lustre, gold and enamel. ‘Bountiful Harvest’ sums up the natural fruits of the Sunshine Coast region, the rich yielding landscape and the abundance of wildlife – bountiful in many ways.
Jane Caraffi, from Art on Cairncross, said: “This is another very fitting accolade for Johanna’s world-class porcelain art because it most definitely fulfils their aim of creating a public collection of significant heritage value.”
“The request from the adviser to the Parliament House Art Collection was a delightful surprise for both the artist and the gallery and was instigated by the Member for Fisher and Deputy Speaker, Peter Slipper, who has long admired Johanna’s ceramics. “
“Much of this important collection is rotated through the general areas of Parliament House and also through the offices of Members and Senators; this affords the public the opportunity to also enjoy them on occasions,” Ms Caraffi said
More of Ms De Maine’s works can be found at Art on Cairncross, near Maleny.