Tuesday, 28 May 2019
Left: LHF Founding Chairman Chris McDermott with Dr Flett in May 2019, just before his latest exhibition opened.Dr John Flett has been a long-time supporter of Little Heroes Foundation, hosting art exhibitions of his stunning paintings and donating the funds raised through his work to our projects. It has been a privilege of our team to have met and worked with Dr John Flett, and we are excited to share that he is hosting another art exhibition, which will be on display at the Mary Potter Hospice until July 22nd.
Dr Flett is a retired General Practitioner, who practised for 42 years in the Northern Yorke Peninsula, based at Kadina. On his retirement at 63 years of age, he took up painting, joining the N.Y.P Art Group. Following his move to Adelaide, he focused on developing his painting techniques using watercolour and oils. Over the years, he has exhibited his works, with proceeds donated to our projects and programs, including our most recent project, the Centre for Robotics and Innovations at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Dr Flett’s connection to our cause is in memory of his son Rodney who died at the age of 16 from cancer.
Thanks to Dr Flett’s incredible generosity over the years, we have been able to changes the lives of many seriously ill children, beyond his years as a GP.
Now 98, Dr Flett has been a resident at the ACH Milpara for the past two years, and is an active member of the facility’s Art Group, creating new pieces for his latest exhibition called Sense and Sensibility.
“The meaning of 'Sense' means the ability to act with restraint, judgement and reasoning while sensibility means to give way to feeling and emotion.”
Dr Flett’s exhibition of artworks, both current and past, reflects a direct connection to the Australian landscape. From vistas to closely observed details of flora, Dr John Flett takes us to the places that he knows and loves. He has sought to represent and interpret “The Landscape” of the many places he enjoyed visiting and sometimes revisiting, with his loving wife Hilda and family.
Encouraged as a young boy to appreciate the world around him, at a time when the simple pleasures of a walk through the woods with his siblings, or a stroll by the beach were experiences treasured, he opened his heart to the wonderment of life. His curiosity abounded.
Whether preparing for a surgery or documenting ideas and the qualities of the immediate landscape that he wished to capture, he has always processed his thoughts through drawing. Each work is considered, planned, created, and then reflected upon as evidenced through his many visual diaries.
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Little Heroes Foundation would like that acknowledge the support of the Mary Potter Foundation, Dr Sue Michael and ACH for their generous support in helping bring Dr Flett’s latest exhibition to life.
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