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SA Auction #96 begins on 20 Jan 2022

US Auction #10 begins on 09 Feb 2022

John Meyer

Truths Revealed

Published: Everard Read, Johannesburg, 2007

Reserve: $41


Estimate: $46-53

Bidding opens: 20 Jan 16:30 GMT

Bidding closes: 27 Jan 16:30 GMT

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Exhibition catalogue, interview with the artist by Sean O'Toole.

"…he is the ultimate 'urban man' endlessly, indeed almost compulsively fascinated with the social interactions that weave a magnetic field of both attraction and repulsion."

Meyer's milieus are indeed populated by urban warriors: captains of industry and their colleagues, competitors or consorts. His imagery evokes interplay between two highly-charged environments, namely boardrooms and bedrooms. O'Toole also locates analogies between Meyer's imagery and that of crime writer Raymond Chandler, whose finely wrought prose significantly influenced American film noir.”



  • Soft cover. Very Good Condition.

  • Printed matt covers. Corners slightly scuffed and worn.

  • Text block intact, clean, clear and tidy.

  • No Dust Jacket.

  • Lavishly illustrated in colour throughout.

  • Published by Everard Read, Johannesburg, 2007.

  • Binding Condition: Fine.

  • Overall Condition: Fine.

  • Size: Quarto (4to), 290 mm X 235 mm X 7 mm.

  • 64 pages.



One could say I’m obsessed with the magical properties of paint, with the process that allows for and unlocks the magic. It all depends on where you direct your energy.

Generally, because one’s not witness to the private process of an artist’s creativity, we are not party to the experimental nuances and resulting struggle in the painting process, and that prevents us from completely understanding the artist’s intent. If we accept that we see the world around us in various tones, shapes and patches of colour, rather than their defining contours, we realise that a single brushstroke can be anything it may suggest to us. The complex layering of painterly tones, placed in apparently random order, creates the stage for a personal search. Here I indulge my need to escape from an increasingly intrusive world.’


  • Overall Condition: Fine
  • Size: 4to

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