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J a n   V a n   D i j k


E - m a i l  :  j a n v a n d i j k 0 @ g m a i l . c o m

Having exhibited extensively throughout the last decade, Van Dijk has established his contemporary arts practice both nationally and internationally through exhibitions in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Paris, Sofia and New Orleans, as well as being represented at Art Fairs in Brussels, London, New York, Amsterdam and Singapore.

Jan Van Dijk’s paintings explore the absurdity of human kind through explorations into gritty characters and humorous narratives in paint. His paintings move beyond the real and exist in a realm where the work is more about the futility and frailty of human kind, rather than the sentimental rendering of individuals and places. Van Dijk’s representations are concentrated compositions of a convergent moment in time. In his work he occupies a concentrated part of the picture plane, displaying characters and scenes made from balls of energetic brush work and paint application. His paintings depict unexpected moments of narrative, and give rise to extraordinary flights of fancy.



2010 - present


J A N   V A N   D I J K

Born 1976, Brisbane, Australia


S o l o   E x h i b i t i o n s

2016     'Sugar Damn Electric' SGAR Brisbane

2015     ‘Skin’ Parse Gallery New Orleans

2012     ‘Thrill Of All Thrills’ Greenhill Galleries Adelaide
              Opened by the Hon John Hill MP Minister for the Arts
              'Detour Deluxe’ SGAR Brisbane
2010      'Praying For Lions’ Greenhill Galleries Adelaide                                                                                        
              Opened by The RT Honourable, The Lord Mayor Michael Harbison
              ‘New Works’ SGAR Brisbane

2009      'Unashamed Escapism' Charles Hewitt Gallery Sydney

2008      ‘Large Works’ Charles Ginn Gallery Brisbane

2007      'No Standing Brisbane‘ Charles Ginn Gallery Brisbane

               'No Standing Sydney' Crossbay Gallery Sydney

               ‘Works on Paper’ Flipbook Gallery Brisbane

               ‘New Works’ Charles Ginn Gallery Brisbane

2006       'Contours'  Illustration House, Brisbane

2005       'Festival' The Festival Gallery Woodford

  Opened by the Hon. Anna Bligh MP Minister for the Arts


S e l e c t e d   G r o u p   E x h i b i t i o n s

2015       SGAR Brisbane

2014       ‘Rogues Gallery' Collaboration with Nic Plowman Lightspace Brisbane

2013       Charles Hewitt Gallery Sydney

               SGAR Brisbane

2012       Affordable Art Fair with Retrospect Galleries New York
               Affordable Art Fair with Retrospect Galleries London

               Affordable Art Fair with Retrospect Galleries Brussels
2011       Galerie Lisette Alibert Paris
               'Large Works’ Charles Hewitt Gallery Sydney

               SGAR Brisbane
               Retrospect Galleries Gold Coast

2010       Galerie Lessedra Sofia

               Signed and Numbered Melbourne

               ‘Director’s Choice Exhibition’ Greenhill Galleries Hilton Adelaide

               Art Melbourne, Retrospect Galleries Melbourne

               ‘Man Woman Beast’ Retrospect Galleries Byron Bay

2009       Galerie Lisette Alibert Paris

               Art Sydney, Retrospect Galleries Sydney

   Australian/Korean Artists Crossbay Gallery Sydney and Gong Pyeong

   Art Space Seoul, Global Gallery Sydney

   Retrospect Galleries Byron Bay

2008       'Clouds and Wonder Wheels’ Flipbook Gallery Brisbane

               ’Bris-scapes’ Flipbook Gallery Brisbane

2007       ‘Last’Stand’ Flipbook Gallery Brisbane

2006       ‘Naked’ Flipbook Gallery Brisbane

                A w a r d s   a n d   P r i z e s

2016       Finalist Myself Self-Portrait Prize

2013       Semi Finalist Doug Moran Portrait Prize

2011       Selected for Director’s Cut Exhibition 60th Blake Art Prize

               Finalist ANL National Maritime Art Prize Melbourne

               Finalist Sunshine Coast Art Prize Caloundra Regional Gallery

2010       Accepted  Artist Lessedra International Painting Prize Sofia Bulgaria

               Finalist Clayton Utz Launch, Art Award Brisbane

2009       Brisbane Grammar School Art Show Brisbane

2008       Brisbane Grammar School Art Show Brisbane

2007       Brisbane Grammar School Art Show Brisbane

2004       Finalist East Coast Sculpture Award Ballina


C o l l e c t i o n s

Private Collections around the world including Mr. and Mrs. Ferris(Ferris Wheel) Collection
Gold Coast Hospital 2D Collection

QPAC Temporary Collection 2009
Gaden Lawyers Collection
SSAT Collection
Mater Health Services Collection


B i b l i o g r a p h y

‘Semi – Permanent’ (A special Edition book by EMPTY Magazine showcasing international talent)

             Book Release of ‘Jan Van Dijk: 2010’

             'In Retrospect', a Retrospect Galleries artist book (Cover Image)

Book Release of ‘Jan Van Dijk: 2009’
Book Release of ‘Jan Van Dijk: A Reverse Chronology 2008 – 2006’
Mater Mothers Hospitals Collection Catalogue


2010 - present

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