Born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, John Meyer is known primarily as a portrait painter and landscape artist, his commissions including public figures like Nelson Mandela and F.W. DeKlerk alongside multi-piece historical series.
But here we’ll zero in on Meyer’s intimate scenes of very real and largely unglamorized people in what look to be – at best – troubled relationships and love affairs dissolving right before our eyes, whether in penthouse suites or desolate motel rooms. That they are grim and sad, they’re beautiful nonetheless, fitting comfortably under a ‘Noir Art’ label even without a shoulder holster or smoking .45 in sight. Love never looked so very lonely to me as it does here.
More work from this artist follow in the next post.