City Beach artist John Major’s 5m painting depicts coast to Cottesloe

John Major’s art of the coast is 5m long. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.
John Major’s art of the coast is 5m long. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.

CITY Beach artist John Major (65) is proud of his 5m-long painting using an imagined helicopter view of the coast from his suburb south to Cottesloe.

“It’s the biggest in WA I’m aware of,” Mr Major said.

His other paintings were shown at the Town of Cambridge’s Boulevard Centre last month.

The latest long canvas has small details of beach life, including swimmers, sunbathers, children with spades, older people resting and cricket players.

“There are little characters 3mm high, some even with sunglasses on,” Mr Major said.

John Major with his painting.

Mr Major, a retired former hairdresser and industrial diver, said his painting was self-taught after taking up the art four years ago because “you can only play so much golf”.

The 5m-long work did not use a drone camera to collect initial images, and centres on activity between breaking waves and dry sand.

“It’s based on my imagination,” Mr Major said.

The painting will be displayed in the Cottesloe Beach Hotel this month.