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


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)


20.12.19 Summer closure and gallery renovation

March 2020, marks the 25th anniversary of Jan Murphy Gallery. To celebrate, we are undertaking an extensive renovation of our existing building.
The renovation begins mid-December and we will re-open at the end of March 2020.

During the renovation we will be working behind the scenes from our project space and stockroom in Phil Lane (behind the gallery). From January 28, this space will be accessible by appointment Tuesday – Friday and open to the public from 10 – 5pm on Saturdays.

We also have a number of exciting ‘Online Only’ exhibitions scheduled and these will commence from mid-February.

If you have any enquiries please email: enquiries@janmurphygallery.com.au or call +61 7 3254 1855


07.12.19 Linde Ivimey in Beautiful Bizarre Magazine

Linde Ivimey has been featured in issue 27 (December) of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine.

Writer Jennifer Susan Jones delves into the artist’s history and unique approach to her sculpture-based practice. As described by Jones, “It may seem, due to the surreal, nightmarish quality of her work, that dreams would be a source of inspiration for the artist. Yet Linde states that old museums are her best source of ideas, their grounds brimming with beautifully displayed bones, feathers, teeth, fur, and skin, all placed in immersion-worthy dioramas.”

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

Image credit: Linde Ivimey   Fur Mendax   2018   acrylic resin, natural fibre, dyed cotton, cast and natural turkey bones, woven vertebrae, champagne foils, white pearls   145.0 x 47.0 x 40. 0 cm


20.11.19 Quilty – Painting the Shadows documentary

Ben Quilty is featured in a new ABC documentary Quilty – Painting the Shadows which is now available to watch on ABC iview. Directed by Catherine Hunter, the documentary explores in-depth the artist’s journey and evolving creative practice. The film also documents the most recent shift in Quilty’s art which is a growing interest in our national history and the dark corners of our past.

To view the documentary on ABC iview, please click here. 

Image credit: Ben Quilty in his studio. Photo: Tim Bauer


14.11.19 Mark Tweedie in Vault Magazine

An interview with Protege artist Mark Tweedie has been featured in issue 28 of Vault Magazine. Writer Jane O’Sullivan’s article discusses Tweedie’s studio process and focus on themes connected to memory, nostalgia and personal experience. The artist also delves into his recent achievements being awarded Highly Commended for his haunting work, A dream like this is hard to wake from #2 in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize and presenting his online solo exhibition I remember you at Jan Murphy Gallery earlier this year.

For more information, please click here.

Image credit: Mark Tweedie   Hip hip hooray   2019   oil on canvas   31.0 x 31.0 cm


14.11.19 Adam Lester and Claudia Greathead in Last Seen project

Adam Lester and Claudia Greathead have created paintings for Last Seen, an initiative of the Queensland Eye Institute which partners contemporary artists with a visually impaired person, to depict their last dearly-held memory before their sight deteriorated.

The exhibition of the paintings can be seen at QPAC from 5pm on Friday 15 November 2019.

Image credit:
Adam Lester   Oscar’s day at the beach   2019   oil and acrylic on canvas   100.0 x 200.0 cm


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