19.03.20 Art Basel Online Viewing Rooms

We are excited to announce the Gallery’s participation in the inaugural iteration of Art Basel Hong Kong Online Viewing Rooms from 18-25 March. Accessible via artbasel.com and the Art Basel app, visitors will be able to view artworks by the participating galleries who were due to be in Hong Kong this week for the Fair.

We will proudly be showing a selection of new work by Tjala artists, Sylvia Kanytjupai Ken, Tjungkara Ken and the Ken Sisters Collaborative. Please email enquiries@janmurphygallery.com.au if you would like a 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


11.02.20 Monica Rohan in Beautiful Bizarre Magazine

Monica Rohan will be featured in the upcoming issue of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. Rohan had a busy year in 2019, producing work for two sell-out exhibitions at Sydney Contemporary and Jan Murphy Gallery. Written by Kim Crowie, the article will be featured in issue 28 (March).

For more information on this issue of Beautiful Bizarre, please click here.

Image credit: Monica Rohan   Stand up straight   2019   oil on board   120.0 x 90.0 cm


10.02.20 Robert Malherbe in Mauritius

Robert Malherbe recently spent three weeks working in Mauritius as a guest of the Australian High Commission. Robert was invited to paint local landscapes and a number of portraits in celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and Mauritius. Culminating with his exhibition Motherland – Mauritius, the artist also gifted his painting Water Lilies at Pamplemousses Gardens to the Mauritian Prime Minister the Hon Pravid Jugnauth.

To read more about his visit to Mauritius, please click here.

Image credit: Robert Malherbe   Water Lilies at Pamplemousses Gardens   2020   acrylic on linen   60.0 x 50.0 cm


20.02.20 Natasha Bieniek in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald

Natasha Bieniek was recently featured in an article by Andrew Stephens in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. The article explores Bieniek’s dedication to miniature painting and sheds light on the artist’s unique approach to bringing this tradition into the present.

To read the article, please click here. 

Image: Natasha Bieniek   Peak #1 (Hong Kong)   2019   oil on gold mirror dibond   13.5 x 18.0 cm (image) 14.5 x 19.0 cm (Dibond) 36.5 x 33.0 cm (framed)


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