John Pasquarelli has been painting iconic Australian imagery for the past decade

John has worked with the People of Papua New Guinea since 1960 giving him a great business insight into working within the country

John's work with politicians has given him a unique inside view on the political state of affairs

John Pasquarelli - Artist, Consultant & Political Commentator

John Pasquarelli is best known for his involvement with Pauline Hanson in 1996 when against the odds, Hanson won a seat in the Australian Parliament. As Hanson’s adviser, John wrote her maiden speech which has been described as ‘the most significant maiden speech in Australia’s political history.’ John has had a long association with Papua New Guinea beginning in 1960 and was elected to that country’s first parliament 1964-1968 as the MHA for the Angoram Open Electorate on the Sepik River. In 1963 on the day President Kennedy was shot, John discovered copper and gold mineralisation at the Frieda River on the Upper Sepik, which has yet to be mined but is described as ‘one of the world’s largest deposits of copper and gold.’ John is also internationally recognised as an expert on Oceanic Art and has been a substantial donor to the PNG National Museum. In 2002 he started painting landscapes and had several successful exhibitions. His political experience began at Melbourne University, Australia in 1957 and he is published from time to time in major newspapers. He lives in Townsville, Queensland, Australia and still visits PNG on a regular basis.