One of Australia’s most recognised Landscape Artists
Caldwell was born in Sydney (Australia), in 1942. Following schooling, Caldwell worked for ten years in the pastoral industry, primarily in the Channel Country of Western Queensland. This was his first exposure to the rugged and dramatic scenery that would become the subject of his lifelong love for the Australian landscape.
He travelled overseas, living in London before returning to Sydney and studying literature at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Caldwell has worked as a visual artist since completing these studies in 1976, with more than a hundred exhibitions held throughout Australia and overseas.
Caldwell primarily draws inspiration from his travels throughout Australia, Europe and Antarctica to gather reference material for these stunning and original works of art.
For more than forty years, Caldwell’s artwork has been shown in public and private galleries throughout Australia and overseas.
He is represented in the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), the National Portrait Gallery (Canberra), and more than a dozen other State and Regional Galleries.
Caldwell has won many prestigious art awards throughout his successful career. He has been a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1977.
Wynne Trustees, Watercolour Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales; 1984 and 1987
Tattersalls National Landscape Award; 1997 and 1999
Mosman Art Prize; 1986
Wyong Festival of Arts Open Award; 1996 and 2000
Marhlab Law Week Art Prize; 1987
Sunday Mail, Outstanding Landscape Award, 2000
Sydney Easter Show, 7 First-Place Awards; 1982 - 1986
Crockett Art Prize; 2007, 2008, 2009
“Probably Australia’s finest Watercolour Artist” - John Coburn, 17th November 1996
“An Artist, who, in the craft and technique of his medium, is the equal of any artist in Australia working from the landscape” - John Millington, Courier Mail, 25th June 1998
“I do not think even his admirers know what an exceptional and generally unacknowledged artist we have here” - Giles Auty, Weekend Australian 26th May 2001
“Perhaps the best known is John Caldwell, who lives at Blackheath and continues a long exploration of rugged landscape in some of the most accomplished work one is ever likely to see” - Elizabeth Fortescue, Arts Editor, Sunday Telegraph, 25th April 2004
“Among exhibitions in Hobart in the past couple of years Caldwell’s must rank supreme.” - Jorg Andersch, The Saturday Mercury 4th November 2000
Australian National Gallery
National Portrait Gallery
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
S H Ervin Gallery (Sydney)
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
Brisbane City Hall Art Gallery and Museum
Newcastle Region Art Gallery
Gosford Regional Art Gallery
Moree Plains Regional Art Gallery
Ipswich Regional Art Gallery
Mosman Art Gallery
New England Regional Art Gallery
University Collections: UNSW, UTS, Macquarie, Wollongong, Charles Sturt, James Cook Townsville, Western Australia
Australian Antarctic Division, Hobart, Davis and Mawson
Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba