about

I have mounted solo exhibitions regularly since the late 1980s, originally with Niagara Galleries in Melbourne and more recently with grahame galleries + editions in Brisbane, who continue to represent my work. I have been included in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally and in 1995 my seven-volume artists book SOLOMON won the Fremantle Print prize. My works are in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Library of Australia, and the Parliament House Collection, Canberra as well as in many State and Regional collections.

I studied printmaking at Phillip Institute of Technology in Melbourne and concluded my academic qualifications with a Master of Arts from Southern Cross University in 1995. My studio investigation into landscape and place is mainly conducted through drawing and printmaking, including digital printmaking, and the making of artist’s books. I retain the position of Adjunct Associate Professor at Southern Cross University following my extensive academic career there.

Solo exhibitions

2017 from the ground up, grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane

Georgica, Langford 120, Melbourne

2015 Big Garden, drawings and installation, Logan Art Gallery, Queensland

2014 Big Garden, drawings, Langford 120, Melbourne

Big Garden, drawings and installation, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, NSW

2011 Trace, Langford 120, Melbourne

2010 Walking home, grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane

2007 Terania, Barratt Galleries, Alstonville, NSW

2005 Folio/foliate, Grafton Regional Art Gallery, NSW

2003 Panorama, Lismore Regional Art Gallery, NSW

2000 Candide’s Garden, grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane

1997 grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane

1995 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

1992 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

1990 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

1989 Ros MacAllan Gallery, Brisbane

1988 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

Selected group exhibitions since 2000

2017

6th artists’ books and multiples fair, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane.

& So…, artists’ books & multiples from the Centre for the Artist Book, Queensland College of Art Library, Brisbane.

2016

As far as the eye can see, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba, NSW.

Figures, grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane.

Local Provenance, Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW.

2015-16

Une histoire du livre d’artiste australien, Cabinet du livre d’artiste, Université Rennes 2, France.

• 2015

Circumference and Radius, Concrete Gallery, Center for Applied Arts, Center for Innovation, Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design, Wroclaw, Poland.

Centre for the Artist Book – Artists’ Books & Multiples, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Qld.

Paper Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, with grahame galleries + editions.

Auditory Visions, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, NSW.

Circumference and Radius, Southern Graphics International Council conference, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA.

2014

International Print Exhibition Australia and Japan, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto, Japan; Fukuyama Museum of Art, Fukuyama, Japan.

Fourteen, Langford 120, Melbourne.

• 2013

The OnGOING GaGa SaGa, curated by Akky van Ogtrop at Brenda May Gallery, Sydney.

Paperworks II, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney.

Thirteen, Langford 120, Melbourne.

• 2012

Lessons in History Vol. II: Democracy, grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane.

Temporary Residency 3, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawai’i.

• 2011

The New Arcadia, Lismore Regional Art Gallery, Lismore, NSW.

Fair & Square, Charles Sturt University Gallery, Wagga Wagga, NSW.

• 2009

Stories of our making, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK and Tweed River Art Gallery,

Murwillumbah, NSW.

• 2007

En Trace, RMIT Faculty Gallery, Melbourne.

Lessons in History Vol. I, grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane.

Altered States, Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery, NSW.

• 2006

The O’Grady Sisters Redrawn, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW.

Artists’ Books from the Centre for the Artist Book, Art Gallery of NSW.

• 2005

Bookscapes, Port Jackson Press, Fitzroy, Vic.

• 2004

2,4,8,0, Megalo Artspace, Canberra.

Little Treasures Collaborative Artists’ Books, University of Western England, Bristol. UK.

• 2002

Seamless, Grafton Regional Art Gallery, NSW.

Little Treasures Collaborative Artists’ Books, grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane.

• 2001

Script, MASS, Melbourne, toured Regional Galleries; Sale, Horsham, Lismore; Macquarie University.

No Muttering, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, UNSW, Sydney, toured Queensland College of Art Gallery, Brisbane and Gosford Regional Art Gallery, NSW.

Little Treasures Collaborative Artists’ Books, RMIT Gallery, Storey Hall, Melbourne.

• 2000

Craft from Scratch : Eine Spur von Handarbeit, 8. Triennale für Form und Inhalte – Australia and Germany, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Collections

National Gallery of Australia; National Library of Australia; Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland; State Library of New South Wales; State Library of Victoria; Centre for the Artist Book, Brisbane; Baillieu Library at The University of Melbourne; Parliament House Collection, Canberra; Tate Gallery, London; Museum of Brisbane, Artbank; Artspace Mackay; Grafton Regional Gallery; Lismore Regional Gallery; Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah; Fremantle City Collection; Charles Sturt University; Curtin University; Deakin University; RMIT Melbourne; Downlands College.

Residencies, Awards

2017 Guanlan Original Printmaking Base, Shenzhen, China.

2014 Siganto Foundation Artists’ Books Creative Fellowship, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane.

Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venezia, Italy.

2012 Temporary Residency 3, Honolulu, Hawai’i.

1995 Fremantle Print Prize, Fremantle Arts Centre, WA.

1994 National Printmaking Award, Tweed River Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW.

1992 Jacaranda Drawing Prize, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW.

Selected bibliography

Davis, J & Muddiman, S (eds.) 2009, Stories of our Making : contemporary prints from Australia, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.

Drury, Nevill 1989, New Art III, Craftsman House, Roseville, NSW, pp. 60-63.

Geddes, Kezia 2011, Considering Arcadia, catalogue to accompany The New Arcadia exhibition, Lismore Regional Gallery, NSW, pp. 15-18.

Germaine, Max 1991, Directory of Australian Women Artists, p. 108.

Grahame, N (ed.) 2015, Une histoire du livre d’artiste australien, numero uno publications, Brisbane, pp. 12-13.

Grahame, N(ed.) 2012, Lessons in History Vol. II: Democracy, numero uno publications. Brisbane, pp. 22-23.

Grahame, N 2007, ‘the book the poet, the artist and the breakthrough’, in Tipping, R (ed), the word as art, Artlink, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 68-69.

Grahame, N 2001, Little Treasures Collaborative Artists’ Books, Ugg Boot Press, Toowoomba, pp.11-12.

Grahame, N (ed.) 1996, 1996 artists’ books + multiples fair, numero uno publicatins, pp. 14-15.

Grahame, N (ed.) 1998, 3rd artists’ books + multiples fair, numero uno publications, p. 36.

Grahame, N 2014, ‘Part of the land’, in Van Ogtrop, A and Grahame, N (eds.), International Print Exhibition Australia and Japan, Japan Print Association, Kyoto, Japan. p. 34 & p. 51.

Kean, John, 1995, A shift in Latitude, Imprint, vol. 30, no. 3, p.16.

Kirker, Anne & Davis, Jan 2013, Prawat Laucharoen’s Temporary Residency series, Imprint, vol. 48, no. 1, p.10.

Kirker, Anne 2001, ‘Printmaking Shifts’ in No Muttering, (a catalogue to accompany the exhibition curated by Rilka Oakley at Ivan Dougherty gallery), UNSW, Sydney.

McCulloch, Allan & McCulloch, Susan 1993, Encyclopedia of Australian Artists, p. 207.

Menz, Christopher 2000. ‘Jan Davis’, in Runde, S, Soltek, S and Menz, C (eds.), Craft from Scratch, Eine Spur von Handarbeit, 8. Triennale für Form und Inhalte – Australia and Germany, Museum für Angewante Kunst, Frankfurt am Main. p. 65, p.181.

Rogers, Lauren 2015, ‘Progressive Printmaking’, Imprint, vol. 50, no.4 p.16.

Noyce, Richard 2010, Critical Mass; Printmaking beyond the edge, A&C Black, London, pp.82-83.

Ravenswood, Kate 1997, A (semi) circular practice, Imprint, vol. 32, no. 3, pp.1-2 & front cover.

From Silksceen to Computer Screen: 20 years of the Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre 1996, p.40.

Selenitsch, Alex 2011, Jan Davis at Langford 120, Imprint, vol. 46, no. 4, p.21.

Unbound: artists books from the collection 2006, Treasures from the Heritage Collection, State Library of Queensland.

Professional Employment

1988-2008 Academic, (including eight years as Head of School, and concluding as Associate Professor), Southern Cross University

1985-87 Academic, Printmaking & Drawing, Ballarat College of Advanced Education

1983-84 Studio technician, Printmaking Department, Victorian College of the Arts

1982 Assistant printer, Druckma Press, West Melbourne

 

Academic Qualifications

1995 Southern Cross University, Master of Arts (Fine Arts) with Distinction

1981 Phillip Institute of Technology, Post Graduate Diploma (Fine Art)

1980 Preston Institute of Technology, Diploma of Fine Arts