Aussie Artist Selling Dream House to Help in Himalayas

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Renowned Australian artist Ken Johnson’s drive to help build a much needed medical clinic in a remote area of the Himalayas has prompted him to sell his distinctive, hand built “labour of love” home, Unique Estates Australia reports.

During his travels he saw the need for a medical clinic in a remote part of the Himalayas, and after hearing of people dying on the long journey to seek treatment, he felt moved to do something about it.

Renowned Australian artist Ken Johnson has put his distinctive “labour of love” home, Incatrole on the market to help build a much needed medical clinic in a remote area of the Himalayas, giving potential buyers a chance to own a one of a kind “masterpiece”.
Nicolette van Wijngaarden, managing director of Unique Estates Australia, said Mr Johnson deserves to be saluted for his charitable work, and that his home is one of the most extraordinary properties she has ever seen.
“Imagine the result when a world renowned artist collects artwork and unique materials from around the planet and spends a dozen years building a home that reflects his own creativity and life. It’s actually an extraordinary work of art that you live in,” Ms van Wijngaarden said, adding, “It truly is a masterpiece.”
“This is the home that Ken built to live and create in, and it has a quiet majesty that is just amazing.”
Mr Johnson is one of Australia’s most globally recognised artists, having had exhibitions in Switzerland, the United States, China, Hong Kong and major cities around the world. His work can be seen in galleries, public spaces and major corporate headquarters in Australia and abroad.
Mr Johnson said that Incatrole is a product of his peripatetic lifestyle and varied approach to art.
“I like my life to be eclectic, and I like my home to be eclectic too,” he said in explaining the Moorish, Spanish, Indian, Mexican and other influences in the design, materials and artwork he incorporated into the construction of Incatrole.
The result is a home that seems to foster creativity as well as comfort.
Mr Johnson agrees. “I’ve done my best work here,” he said. And after a tour of his studio and a detached sculptor’s shed that resembles a quaint 16th century English countryside cottage, it’s easy to see why.
In addition to the peaceful, ergonomic feel of the house and furnishings, the five acres on which Incatrole sits in rural New South Wales contains a large pond complete with picturesque windmill, rolling hills and bushland that is home to kangaroos, wombats, myriad birds including black swans, jabirus and even the occasional platypus.
It is a very private place, surrounded by bush, pastures and macadamia farms but surprisingly is only some 20 minutes from the seaside town of Byron Bay and about an hour to the Gold Coast International airport, with Brisbane less than a two hour drive away.
So why is he selling a dream home that he put so much of his life and inspiration into?
As Incatrole’s design and furnishings indicate, Mr Johnson has spent much time in India, where he’s developed a connection with the land, history and people. During his travels he saw the need for a medical clinic in a remote part of the Himalayas, and after hearing of people dying on the long journey to seek treatment, he felt moved to do something about it. He also has plans for an orphanage that would double as a school for young sculptors.
Ms van Wijngaarden said that she is proud to assist Mr Johnson in his endeavours, and as an agency specialising in luxury properties, Unique Estates Australia is very pleased to represent Incatrole.
“It is very rare to see something that blends so well into the landscape while at the same time seemingly transporting you to an exotic land. It’s a magnificent work of art, but at the same time very liveable and practical. It suits a wide range of purposes and lifestyles and with the detached workspaces and a separate cottage lends itself to comfortable living as well as lavish entertaining,” she said, and added that she will personally respond to any enquires about Incatrole.
Ms van Wijngaarden said she can be contacted through Unique Estates Australia’s website.

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