EDUCATION

 

2019     PHD, Deakin University

1983     Bachelor of Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts

                                                                               

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018        Black River Running, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melb

2015       Sympathy for The Devil#1, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melb

2013       Strange Days, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melb

2011     Marshland, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melb

2007          In the Pines, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melb

2005          Listening to Music Played Backwards, Anna Schwartz Gallery Melb Artfair

2004          Jan Nelson & Liza May Post, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2003         Walking in Tall Grass, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

2003          Walking in Tall Grass, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth

2000         Anticipating Transcendence, Visible Art Installation, Republic Tower, Melbourne

2000         On Days Like These, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne

1998       Studio Practice pt 1., Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

1998        Studio Practice pt 2., Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne

1997       Studio Practice, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide

1996       31 Days, Paris: Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

1995       Incident 1960, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne

1994      Mont Blanc 1969, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne

1994      Spill, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

1991    The Long Century, Realities Gallery, Melbourne

1989     Untitled, Realities Gallery, Melbourne

1987     70 Arden Street, Melbourne

1986     Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

1984      Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne   

 

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

 

2019        Analogue Art in A Digital World, RMIT Gallery, RMIT University, Melb

                    The Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Numerous venues across Aus

                    Everyday Research, Deakin Gallery, Deakin University, Melb

2018    Hyper Real, National Gallery of Australia

                    Let’s Play: Art of Our Time, Bunji Place, City of Casey, Melbourne

                    Gold Award, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton, Qld

                    The Public Body .01/.02/.03, Artspace, Sydney

                    Analogue Art in A Digital World, RMIT Gallery, RMIT University, Melb

                    Obsession: Devil in the Detail, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria

 

2017     Hyper Real, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

                    Let’s Play: Art of Our Time, Bunji Place, City of Casey, Melbourne

                    An Unorthodox Flow of Images, Centre for Contemporary  Photography, Melbourne

                    Sugar Spin Goma Turns 10. QAGOMA. Queensland

                    Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s’, Federation Square  National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

                     ‘9 X 5 NOW’, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts. Melbourne

                    Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Numerous venues across Aus

2016     Sugar Spin Goma Turns 10. QAGOMA. Queensland.

                     Painting More Painting, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

                     Contemporary Women and Process, National Gallery of Australia. Canberra.

                     McClelland Collection, McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery, Victoria.

                     The Doug Moran Painting Prize. NSW

2015      21st Century Heide. The Collection since 2000

2014       In the Flesh: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

2013       Air Born & Nest: The Art of Birds, Mc Clelland Gallery, Langwarrin, Vic

                     Mix Tape 1980: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style, Nationa Gallery of Victoria    

2012       Controversy Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Vic

2011       Networks (cells&silos), Monash Uni Museum of Art, Melb.

                      Double vision, Mc Clelland Gallery, Langwarrin, Vic

2010       Outside In, McClelland Gallery, Langwarrin, Vic

2009         On the Line, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

                     Arthur Guy Memorial Art Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery

2008         Optimism, Queensland Museum of Modern Art

                     50 years of the John McCaughey Memorial Prize. National Gallery  Victoria

2006         Tainted Love, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

                     The New Contemporary Collection Exhibition, Art Gallery Of NSW

                     Decade Acquisitions 1996 -2006, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

                     Artists for Kids Culture, Annual Art Exhibition and Auction

2005        A Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces1985 – 2005,

                      NGV Collection Recent Acquisitions, NGV Australia.

                      Exiles and Emigrants, NGV Australia.

2004          2004, The Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne

                      Swoon, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

                      Clouded Over: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, The University of WA Perth, WA

2003          See Here Now, Vizard Foundation Collection of the 1990s, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne

                      Bushfire: Our Community Responds, Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

2002          Iconografias Metropolitanas, XXV Bienal de São Paulo, Brasil

                      Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Gallery

                      Australian & European Photography, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney

                      Fieldwork: Australian Contemporary Art 1968-2002, Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

                      Shhh!  Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

                      Federation, A Celebration, Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne

2000          The Retrieved Object, Linden Arts Centre, Melbourne

                       Video Take, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium

1999         Leisure and Pleasure, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne

                       Word, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

1998        ".... So Far ", Sync Grey Area Space, Melbourne

1997         The 1980's, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

1996         South Face, a collaboration between Jan Nelson and Stephen Bush in Tangibility? Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart

                       Works on paper, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne

                       1001 Feminine Breaths: Dave Graney /Jan Nelson, for "Women We, Love" International Women’s Day, Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale, performance

1995          Perspecta 95, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

                       South Face, a collaboration between Jan Nelson and Stephen Bush, Canberra Contemporary Art Space

                      Decadence, 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

                       Lovers, Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne

1994         The Aberrant Object, Women Dada and Surrealism, Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne

                      Artists Thinking about Science, Australian Network for Art & Technology, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane

                      Selections from the Monash University Collection, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne

1993        Confess and Conceal, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; National Gallery of Art, Singapore; National Gallery of Bangkok, Thailand; National Gallery                                                National Gallery of Art, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Art Centre of Manila, Philippines; Australian Embassy, Jakarta, Indonesia      

                      Interim Space, Jan Nelson and Stephen Bush, Smith Street Post Office, Collingwood

                     Jan Nelson and Stephen Bush, a collaborative project, Temple Studio, Melbourne

1992    Intimate Objects, Realities Gallery, Melbourne

                      Skin, Contemporary Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

                      Inherited Absolute, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art,  Melbourne

                      Works on Paper- by Contemporary Australian Artists, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

1991     Contemporary Landscapes, Deakin University, Melbourne

                      Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane

1990        Group show, Realities Gallery, Melbourne

1989         re:  recreation/Re-creation, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne

                      Recent Acquisitions, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne

1988        A Celebration, Realities Gallery, Melbourne

                      Philip Morris Collection, Australian National Gallery, Canberra

1987      Moët & Chandon Australian Art Travelling Fellowship, Australia

1986       Slouching Towards Bethlehem, 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

                      Shipwrecked, 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

                      Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

                      Backlash: Australian Drawing Revival 1976 – 1986, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

                      The Gothic: Perversity and its Pleasure, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne; Chameleon Gallery, Hobart

                      Quiddity, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne; Contemporary Art Centre, Adelaide

                      Young Australians, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and touring

                     What is this thing called Science? University Gallery, University of Melbourne

1985     Australian Perspecta '85, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

                      Group Show, Gertrude Street Artists Spaces, Melbourne

1983      Graduate Show, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

 

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

 

 

Rockhampton Art gallery, Qld

Distrito Cu4tro Gallery, Madrid, Spain

Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NS

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Monash University Collection, Melbourne

Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne

Victorian College of the Arts Collection, Melbourne

Monash Medical Centre Collection, Melbourne

ACTU Collection, Melbourne

Mini & Sam Smorgon Collection, Melbourne

Camden Collection, Melbourne

Coopers & Lybrand, Melbourne

IXL Collection, Australia

Shell Collection, Australia

Savoy Hotel, Sydney, Australia

Sussan Corporation (Aust), Melbourne

Budget Art Collection, Melbourne

Wesfarmers Collection, Perth

BHP Biliton,  Australia

Goldman Sachs JB Were

McClelland Gallery, Langwarrin, Vic

Heide Museum, Melbourne, Aus

Ipswich Regional Gallery, Qld, Aus

Newcastle Art Gallery

 

 

AWARDS / GRANTS & RESIDENCIES

 

 

2011        Who’s Who of Australian Women

2009        Recipient, Arthur Guy Art Prize, Bendigo

2006        Australia Council Development Grant

2004        John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize

2003         Australia Council, Development Grant

2002        Arts Victoria, International Export & Touring Grant 

                   Arts Victoria, Arts Development Grant

2000        Visible Art Foundation Commission, Republic Tower

1996      Australia Council, Development Grant

1993     Tim Mann Commission

1990    Australia Council, Creative Development Grant

1987     Australia Council, Half Standard Grant

1986      Victorian Ministry for the Arts Painting Grant

                    Artist in Residence, Victorian College of the Arts

1984      Australia Council Project Grant

1983     Axiom Award for painting

                    Australia Council Overseas Studio Residency - Vence, France

                    Potter Foundation Grant, Melbourne

                    Sir Russell Drysdale Drawing Prize

 

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

 

2018 Gold Award, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton, Qld

Analogue Art in A Digital World, RMIT Gallery, Melb

 

2017 Hyper Real, Catalogue, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Every Brilliant Eye: Australian Art of the 1990s’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Who’s Who of Australian Artists

Sweet Celebration. Sugar Spin.  article. Sebastian Smee, The Monthly, March

 

2016 Artlines 4–2016 | The GOMA Turns 10:  issue 4, Nov, Dec, Jan

Painting More Painting, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art catalogue

MCA Collection Handbook. MCA Sydney. Natasha Bullock. 2016

Art Detective, Michelle Stockley. Nelson. Cengage Learning. 3E.

 

2015 Australian Art, A History. Sasha Grishin, Miegunyah Press

The Art life/Always Busy Dying/ ABC2, 3rd May 2015

Sympathy For the Devil #1, Advertisement, Anna Schwartz Gallery. The Saturday Paper Oct 3

 

2014 Close encounters with Hyperreality. Michael Desmond: Art Monthly, summer2014/2015 number 276. Cover and article.

In the Flesh: Penelope Grist: Portrait, Magazine of Australian and International portraiture.  Spring/Summer 2014.

WTG (Lucy) 2010: Postcard. National Portrait Gallery Canberra

Sally Pryor.The Canberra Times, Panorama. In the Flesh.  A new show describes what it is to be human. Nov 2014 

Andrew Frost. The Guardian. In the Flesh review- startling realism in a journey from intimacy to acceptance. 18th Dec 2014.

Sarah Sweet:  Art Almanac In the Flesh, Dec 2014.

 

2013 Mix Tape 1980: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style, Catalogue, National Gallery of Victoria

 

2011 Who’s Who of Australian Women, 2011, published by crown content

Networks, Monash University Museum of Art, catalogue, March.

Art & Australia, promotional image,vol 48 no4.

Gallery, NGV publication, July/Aug. members acquisitions. pg66

 

2010 Slow Burn, A Century of Australian Women from a private collection. National Trust, S.H. Ervin Gallery

 

2008 Optimism catalogue, Queensland Museum of Modern Art

Current, Contemporary Art of Australia and NewZealand, An Art & Australia publication

The John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize. 50 years. Catalogue, Feb 08.  National Gallery of Victoria.

 

2007 Andrew Frost, presenter. The Art Life, ABC TV, July 2007

Charles Green, Critics Pick, Artforum web site: www.artforum.com. Nov

 

2006 Contemporary Collection, Art Gallery of NSW

Charlotte Mullins, Painting People, the state of the art, Thames and Hudson (intro pg16)

 

2005 Nicola Harvey, The art of Outsourcing, Artlink Magazine. Volume 25. No1.

Charlotte Day, A Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces 1985 – 2005

 

2004 Sophie O Brien, Nelson/Post, Broadsheet volume 33 no 4. Dec 04 – Feb 05,

Jan Nelson/Lisa May Post, de Volkskrant Newspaper, The Netherlands, 16th Sept 2004

Peter Hill, The long Tango, The Sydney Morning Herald.Weekend Edition, Oct 16-17, 2004

Jan Nelson/ Liza May Post, catalogue, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2004

2004, catalogue, The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Publication. Melbourne. 2004

Swoon, catalogue. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. 2004

 

2003 Roger Benjamin, Naomi Cass, Ashley Crawford, Hannah Fink, Chris McAuliffe, Lara Travis,

See Here Now, Vizard Foundation Collection of the 1990s, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne University, Thames and Hudson

Jason Smith, Jan Nelson’s International behaviour, ABV 42. The Annual Journal of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Trevor Smith & Ihor Holubizky, “Australia at the XXV Bienal de Sao Paulo”, Eyeline, No 50 Summer

Robert Cook, ‘Jan Nelson’, Frieze: Contemporary Art & Culture, Issue 76, p. 115

Sarah Millar, Contemporary (art magazine), Issue 51, p. 24

Robert Cook, ‘Dazzling Display of Skill’, The Western Australian, April 12, p. 12

 

2002 David Cross, Walking in Tall Grass, XXV Bienal de São Paulo

Hug, A, Smith, T, Iconografias Metropolitanas, Cidades, XXV Bienal De São Paulo, Brazil

Fieldwork: Australian Contemporary Art 1968-2002, The Ian Potter Museum of Australian Art at Federation Square, Melbourne

Maristher Motta Bello, Art for 6th graders, Elementary School, published by Gráfica e Editora Posigraf, Brazil

Rebecca Lancashire, ‘Painting of the Week No. 24, International Behaviour, Jan Nelson’, The Age: Arts, September, p. 3

 

2001 Gabriella Coslovich, 'Nelson Leaps at Zappo Space', The Age, 22 March

Elizabeth Gower & Stuart Koop, The Retrieved Object, Linden Art Gallery, Melbourne

 

1999 Linda Micheals, Word, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Evelyn Juers, 'Lip Think an Essay on Art in Text', Art Monthly, No 126

 

1998 David Cross, Studio practice, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide & Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

Jonathan Luker, So Far, Sync, Grey Area Space, Melbourne

Anna Clabburn, 'Studio Practice Pt 1 & 2', The Age, Melbourne, 11 March

Robyn Mc Kenzie, 'Creative Insights' The Herald Sun, Melbourne, 30 March

 

1997 David Cross, Studio Practice, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide; Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

‘Women We Love’ (Dave Graney /Jan Nelson) International Women's Day’, The Sydney Morning Herald, Metro March 8-14

 

1996 Jonathon Holmes, Tangibility, University of Tasmania, Hobart

 

1995 David Cross, Incident Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne

Judy Annear, Bruce James, Sarah Miller, Perspecta 95, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Trevor Smith, South Face, Canberra Contemporary Art Space

Juliana Engberg, 'The Lovers', Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne

Bruce James, 'Perspecta Exhibition - A Hybrid Exploration', The Age, Wednesday, 8 February

Elwyn Lynn, 'Framed Witnesses Defend Perspecta’, The Australian, Sydney, 10 February

'Time Again to Contemplate Our Latest Perspectives', The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 February

Juliana Engberg, 'Jan Nelson, White Noise', Art + Text, May

Jenny McFarlane, 'South Face', Eyeline 29, Summer

 

1994 May Lam, Kevin Murray, Juliana Engberg, Jan Nelson, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne

Juliana Engberg, Robyn McKenzie, Kenneth Wach and Anne Marsh, The Aberrant Object: Woman, Dada and Surrealism, Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne

David O'Halloran, 'Artists Thinking About Science', Australian Network for Art & Technology

Linda Williams, 'The Aberrant Object', Art +Text, No.48, Sydney

Barbara Creed, 'The Aberrant Object', Art Monthly, No.69 May

Ross Moore, 'Decking Out Identities', Art Monthly, No. 71, July

Natalie King, 'L'Amour Fou: The Aberrant Object', Broadsheet, Vol.23, No.2

Tom Nicholson, 'Window, The Aberrant Object', Farrago, University of Melbourne, Vol.14, April/May

Anna Clabburn, 'Subversive Giggles', Storm, April

Christopher Heathcote, The Age, Melbourne, June

 

1993 Confess and Conceal, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

 

1992 Janni Steffenson, Skin, Contemporary Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Elizabeth Gertsakis, Inherited Absolute, Australia Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne

Merryn Gates, Domino, Collaborations Between Artists, Ian Potter Gallery, Melbourne

Robert Rooney, 'The Australian - The Inherited Absolute', The Australian, Sydney

Sue Cramer, The Age, Melbourne

 

1990 Robert Rooney, ART Review, The Australian, Melbourne

Roger Benjamin, ‘re: creation/Recreation', Art + Text, Sydney

 

1991 Stuart Koop, Contemporary Landscapes, Deakin University Gallery, Geelong

Robert Rooney, 'Romantic scenario for hypnotic effect', The Australian, Sydney

 

1989 Brenda Ludeman, Jan Nelson, The Long Century, catalogue

Merryn Gates, 'recreation/Re:creation', Monash University Gallery, Melbourne

Jenepher Duncan, 'An art of opposition', Tension, Melbourne

Robert Rooney, 'Hippie days are here’, The Australian, Sydney

Ronald Millar, 'Taking in the poor of the self-portrait', The Herald, Melbourne

Brenda Ludeman, 'Loss and Faith', Agenda, Melbourne

Jan Blensdorf, ‘Galleries’, The Age, Melbourne

 

1988 'Loti and Victor Smorgon Collection of Contemporary Australian Art', Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne

'A New Generation', 1983-1988, the Philip Morris Collection, Australian National Gallery, Canberra

 

1987 Promotional Postcard, Victorian Ministry for the Arts, Melbourne

Nadine Amadio, The Moët & Chandon Touring Exhibition, catalogue, Sydney

Robert Lindsay, ‘Young Australians', The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Linda Van Nunan, Voyage of Discovery', Dallas, Texas, USA

Louise Neri, 'Quiddity', 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy; Contemporary Art Gallery of South Australia

Naomi Cass, 'What is this thing called Science?', University of Melbourne Gallery

Ted Gott, 'Backlash', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Memory Holloway, 'Shipwrecked', Art in Australia, Sydney, Winter edition

Caroline Brothers, Interview Jan Nelson, North Melbourne Times, Melbourne

Gary Catalano, 'Ghostly Images of the Artists Psyche', The Age, Melbourne

Robert Rooney, The Australian, Sydney

Ronald Millar, The Herald, Melbourne

James Button, 'Art Makes Science its subject’, The Age, Melbourne

Gary Catalano, 'Science is not alien to art', The Age, Melbourne

Robert Rooney, ‘Marvelling at the thing called Science', The Australian, Sydney

 

1986 Heather Kennedy, 'It all comes together for Jan Nelson', The Age, Melbourne

'Calendar views on a grand scale', The Age, Melbourne

Janina Green, 'An Air of Thunder and Lightning’, Melbourne Times, Melbourne

Robert Rooney, 'Wandering through Vistas and Lightening', The Australian, Sydney

Ronald Millar, 'Humanity adrift in Cliche', The Herald, Melbourne

Andrew Saw, 'New Wave of Champagne, Antipodean Art', The Age, Melbourne

Geoff Lowe, 'Slouching Towards Bethlehem', 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne

Robyn McKenzie, 'The Gothic Perversity and its Pleasure", 200 Gertrude Street Gallery, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Chameleon Gallery, Tasmania

Memory Holloway, 'Shipwrecked', 200 Gertrude Street Gallery, Melbourne

 

1985 Australian Perspecta '85 - Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Elwyn Lynn, 'Favourites, Censors and other Monsters', The Australian, Sydney

 

1984 Ronald Millar, 'Machines for Growing Things', The Herald, Melbourne

Robert Rooney, 'Nelson Works the Plank', The Australian

 

1983 Memory Holloway, 'Long awaited and much needed "Pop" display', The Age, Melbourne