Jan Nelson

In the Flesh
, 2014
Installation view
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Biography

Born Melbourne, Australia 1955
Lives and works in Melbourne

 

Jan Nelson’s works balance on points of emotional, textural and chromatic intensity, oscillating between fear and power, complacency and dissent. Layered within the artist’s work is personal experience of her own formative years during the social, political and cultural tumult of the 1970s.

Nelson’s major ongoing series, Walking in Tall Grass, is a sequence of hyper-real paintings of children and adolescents on the cusp of adulthood, painted in brightly saturated colour. Both alluring and disquieting, the dynamism of the paintings stems from the artist’s preoccupation with changing states. The works are rendered with the gloss of advertising imagery, yet the children retain the vulnerability of their age, there are tensions present between photography and painting, the interior world of the children and their public presentation.

Jan Nelson graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 1983. Her works are presented in major public collections in Australia including: Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney), National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Sydney), Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney), Monash University Collection (Melbourne), Bendigo Art Gallery (Victoria), Heide Museum of Modern Art (Melbourne), National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), GOMA / Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane), Art Gallery of Western Australia, and prominent private and corporate collections here and overseas. Nelson represented Australia at the XXV Bienal de São Paulo (Brazil). In 2004 she was the recipient of the John McCaughey Memorial Art Prize at the National Gallery of Victoria and in 2009 she won the  Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery.

 

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Bibliography


Exhibitions

Jan Nelson

Strange Days

Jan Nelson

Marshland

Jan Nelson

In the Pines


Recent Works

Jan Nelson

Strange Days
, 2013
Forton, high-density foam, MDF, leather, oil paint, liquin, artificial grass, artificial plants
195 x 76 x 76 cm

Jan Nelson

Break On Through (To The Other Side)
, 2013
Forton, high-density foam, painted MDF
90 x 400 x 245 cm

Jan Nelson

Defiance
, 2013
Forton, paint
102 x 220 x 45 cm

Jan Nelson

Walking in Tall Grass, Marion
, 2011
Oil on linen
77.5 x 59.8 cm

Jan Nelson

Walking in Tall Grass, Gracie 1
, 2010
Oil on linen
77 x 59 cm