27.06.20 Monica Rohan at Redland Art Gallery

Monica Rohan’s 2016 work, Head up shoulders back, is featured in new exhibition Redland Art Awards: Works Acquired 2006 – 2018 at Redland Art Gallery. During the recent temporary closure of the Redland Art Gallery, this year’s awards were unfortunately cancelled. But with the gallery having now re-opened, Redland Art Gallery are presenting an exhibition of 14 works acquired for the collection from the awards between 2006 – 2018. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to vote for their favourite acquisition.

Redland Art Awards: Works Acquired 2006 – 2018
15 June – 2 August
Redland Art Gallery

For more information, please click here.

Image credit: Monica Rohan   Head up shoulders back   2016   oil on board   80.0 x 60.0 cm



23.06.20 Adam Lester’s ‘Islands’ featured in the Courier Mail

Adam Lester’s new exhibition, Islands, was recently featured in Q Weekend in the Courier Mail.

In the article, writer Phil Brown explores the creative motivation behind Islands, delving into the artist’s thought process in producing the works. A keen surfer, Adam is often inspired by his travels and this body work was particularly influenced by trips to Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India in particular.

Islands is current at Jan Murphy Gallery until 11 July.
To read the article, please click here.

Image credit: Adam Lester   Saint Cloud (landscape)   2020   synthetic polymer paint on canvas   110.5 x 80.0 cm


17.06.20 New to Protégé – Jacqueline Hennessy

Jan Murphy Gallery is pleased to announce Jacqueline Hennessy as the newest addition to the protégé program.

The Sydney-based artist references photographic images of her own body to create paintings of ghostly, female figures. Produced through a dedicated process of applying layer upon layer of sepia-toned paint, Hennessy creates a form of disrupted realism where faces are often deliberately averted away from the gaze of the viewer.
As described by the artist, “my process involves playing between binary opposites to create tension between appearance and disappearance, painted and unpainted, detail and blur.”

Jacqueline Hennessy’s profile is now viewable online on our website.

Image credit: Jacqueline Hennessy  Untitled  2020  oil on linen  101.0 x 76.0 cm


28.05.20 Juz Kitson featured in NAS Art Forum Series

Juz Kitson recently participated in the NAS Art Forum series. Art Forum is a weekly lecture program where invited guests present talks on their curatorial, artistic and research projects to all members of the National Art School staff and student communities.

Kitson’s work was also recently featured and profiled in the National Art School’s recent #NASRetake Instagram series – celebrating the work and achievements of NAS alumni.

To view the Art Forum lecture, please click here.

Image credit: 
Juz Kitson   Temporal Fluidity No 6   2019   Dehua Porcelain   28.0 x 38.0 x 14.0 cm


16.04.20 Adam Pyett and A.J. Taylor in the 2020 John Leslie Art Prize

Congratulations to Adam Pyett and A.J. Taylor who have been announced as finalists in the 2020 John Leslie Art Prize. The John Leslie Prize is a biennial award for landscape painting with a top prize of $20,000. The winning artwork will be acquired for the Gippsland Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

The John Leslie Art Prize
16 May – 26 July
Gippsland Art Gallery

For information about the John Leslie Prize exhibition, please click here.

Image credit: A.J. Taylor   Forest edge, spring morning   2020   oil on board   153.0 x 153.0 cm


15.04.20 An update from Jan Murphy Gallery

To our valued clients, artists and suppliers,

Just a short update on where we are at during this very difficult time.
As many of you were previously aware, in late December 2019 we began an extensive renovation of our existing gallery and we were scheduled to re-open in April. We are pleased to write that due to our dedicated team of designers and builders, our new space is progressing beautifully, with final touches to the interior scheduled for completion in the next two weeks.

Sadly, like so many of our colleagues, we are now unlikely to re-open our physical space in the near future, however 2020 is a milestone year for the gallery. This March marked our 25th Anniversary and as such, we have a stellar exhibition programme scheduled. We would like to let you know that despite this strange and rapidly changing new world we currently find ourselves in, our artists remain committed to their exhibitions and we remain committed to sharing them with you.

We will be continuing our online exhibitions and previews, and regularly updating the many digital platforms now available to us including, Instagram and Facebook. Fortunately, many of our clients are now accustomed to viewing art online, and for those who are not, we are only a phone call away.

To those of you who are directly impacted and those working in essential services, we express our support and our sincere gratitude.

At this time of global crisis we hope to bring you a little stability, beauty and a shared connection through our unified love of art and culture.


19.03.20 Sylvia Kanyjupai Ken, Tjungkara Ken and Ken Sisters Collaborative

Following on from the Gallery’s successful participation in the inaugural Art Basel Online Viewing Rooms we are proud to be showing an exhibition of new work by Tjala artists, Sylvia Kanytjupai Ken, Tjungkara Ken and the Ken Sisters Collaborative. This exhibition will be launched online on 21 April, with works available for viewing in the gallery by appointment only.

Please email enquiries@janmurphygallery.com.au if you would like a preview catalogue of this exhibition.

Image credit: Sylvia Kanytjupai Ken at Amata, Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY Lands), South Australia.


01.04.20 Heidi Yardley in the 2020 Percival Portrait Painting Prize

Congratulations to Heidi Yardley who has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2020 Percival Portrait Painting Prize with her work Gareth Sansom – Grand Guignol. Yardley’s portrait of fellow artist, Gareth Sansom, was also a finalist in the 2019 Doug Moran National Prize.

Established in 2007, The Percival Portrait Painting Prize is a biennial acquisitive award with a grand prize of $40,000.

Percival Portrait Painting Prize
22 May – 19 July
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

For more information, please click here.

Image credit: Heidi Yardley   Gareth Sansom – Grand Guignol   2019


06.03.20 Gerwyn Davies and Marina Strocchi in the 2020 Alice Prize

Gerwyn Davies and Marina Strocchi have been announced as finalists in the 2020 Alice Prize – National Contemporary Art Award with their works Adonis and Blue Drawing. The Alice Prize is an acquisitive national contemporary art prize open to artists from around Australia working in any medium. Boasting a top prize of $30,000, this year’s award will be judged by Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Rhana Devenport. Winners will be announced at the opening on Friday 17 April.

The Alice Prize – National Contemporary Art Award
18 April – 8 June
Araluen Arts Centre

For more information, please click here. 

Image credit: Gerwyn Davies   Adonis   2019   archival inkjet print   100.0 x 80.0 cm


04.03.20 Jason Fitzgerald’s ‘Alchemy’ – Online Exhibition

Jan Murphy Gallery is excited to present, Alchemy, the new online exhibition by Jason Fitzgerald. Experimentation with robust shapes and glazes is evident in this new series of sculptural works by Fitzgerald. Through the process the artist has embraced the ‘trials and errors’ inherent in the production of stoneware. Borrowing from a modernist aesthetic, his ceramic sculptures and faceted vessels offer him the freedom to explore material possibilities and expose surface imperfections.

As described by the artist,”…these handmade stoneware vessels were created purely as a canvas for my glazes, experimental vehicles that allow me to play with colour combinations and the different effects achieved by layering. The glaze responds directly to the iron contained in the clay, creating a worn, weathered surface full of imperfections. It’s this flawed surface that I love so much and believe holds the true beauty of the work.” (Jason Fitzgerald)

Jason Fitzgerald
03 March – 10 March

To view the exhibition online, please click here. 

Jason Fitzgerald’s Alchemy exhibition has also been featured by The Design Files. To read the article, please click here. 

Image credit: Jason Fitzgerald   Big top 4    2019   stoneware and glaze   17.5 x 17.0 x 17.5 cm


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