John Bokor is an award winning landscape and still life artist. He grew up in Sydney and lives in Bulli, NSW. He has had over a dozen solo exhibitions and his work is held in many public and private collections.

Equally prolific in drawing and painting, Bokor’s art depicts everyday life and his environment with an emotion and vibrancy which makes the viewer take notice. He has won several art prizes including the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize and Eutick Memorial Still Life Award and he has been finalist in many others.

In our interview, Bokor talks about his education in Sydney and travels overseas where he was inspired by Bonnard’s bath paintings, we ponder over whether you can ever say what makes a piece of art ‘good’, he reveals much about his process and he explains his motivational ‘anti pep-talk’ which he gives his art students.

John Bokor’s solo show at King Street Gallery opens on 8 November and continues until 3 December 2016.

You can see a short video of Bokor’s sketchbooks below.

Feature photo of John Bokor by Julianna Kolenberg                                        

Photos of paintings (except Quiet Street Bulli) by Michael Bradfield

Show Notes  (things and people we talk about in the show)


Still life with Pen Jar Oil on canvas


‘Quiet Street Bulli’        Oil on Board


‘Hot Chocolate’        Oil on linen


‘Milk’        Oil on canvas


‘Kitchen Sink’         Charcoal, wash and collage on paper


‘Morning Interior’         Charcoal, wash and gesso on paper


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