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


20.02.20 Natasha Bieniek 2020 Darling Portrait Prize Finalist

We are excited to announce that Natasha Bieniek is a finalist in the inaugural 2020 Darling Portrait Prize, the National Portrait Gallery’s new annual prize for painting. The winner of the $75,000 Darling Portrait Prize will be announced on 5 March, with the finalists going on show to the public the following day.

Darling Portrait Prize
6 March – 10 May
National Portrait Gallery

For more information, please click here. 

Image credit: Natasha Bieniek   Sleep   2020   oil on wood   5.0 x 4.0 cm


06.03.20 Louise Tate in the Hopper Prize

Protégé artist Louise Tate was recently shortlisted for the Hopper Prize. The U.S. based Hopper Prize is an online-only award open to artists from around the world. Tate’s portfolio submission was shortlisted for the Fall 2020 round and is now viewable online.

The Hopper Prize
Fall 2020

To view Louise Tate’s shortlisted portfolio, please click here.

An interview with Tate discussing her background, studio practice and creative influences is also viewable on The Hopper Prize website. To read the interview, please click here.

Image credit: Louise Tate   The soil holds a history   2019   oil on linen   165.0 x 132.0 cm


13.02.20 Claudia Greathead’s ‘Phony Games’ – Online Exhibition

Jan Murphy Gallery is excited to present Phony Games, the new online exhibition by Melbourne-based artist, Claudia Greathead. In this new series of paintings, the artist continues her engagement with dreamlike imagery and ambiguous forms. Greathead makes work to process trauma and thought. Each painting is a product of trying to find something more, more detail, something that wasn’t seen before. As described by the artist, she uses painting to “slow down, to calm down, to find a bigger picture, or more meaning.”

A graduate of Queensland College of Art in 2014, Greathead has been a finalist in the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize (2015, 2014) and reached the semi-final of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2016). In 2018 she presented her work in two significant solo exhibitions, Wanblut at Metro Arts and Round and Round at Jan Murphy Gallery and in 2019 the artist was shortlisted as a finalist for the coveted Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship.

Claudia Greathead
Phony Games
18 February – 25 February

To view the exhibition online, please click here. 

Image credit: Claudia Greathead   On the ice playing phony games and getting punched   2020   oil on canvas   76.0 x 102.0 cm


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