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Jan King 2007


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Jan King

King Street Gallery on William 10am – 6pm Tuesday – Saturday 177 William St Darlinghurst NSW 2010 Australia T: 61 2 9360 9727 F: 61 2 9331 4458 E: kingst@bigpond.com W: www.kingstreetgallery.com.au


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Jan King Rossmore Studio NSW 2007

Last year while visiting the National Gallery in Canberra, Jan King stopped in front of the Ian Fairweather painting, Monastery. Often seen before and enjoyed, this time the work evoked an experience that was completely different from any of her previous encounters with the work. The painting itself is a virtuoso performance of line and space, combining Western and Eastern perspective, and on this occasion she found the ‘screen’ of the picture plane opening up to give the sensation of being behind the painting at a point of deep perception.


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King is interested in shifts of perception, how forms look to us depending on the conditions of light, space and density of material. When she started her sculpture Monastery she was thinking about her Canberra experience but had no wish to turn it into an academic exercise. In some way she wanted to capture that moment but more importantly she wanted to capture aspects of the painting that interested her. The verticals and slices of roof structure reference the monastery in the painting but then the structure dematerialises as she plays with Fairweather like calligraphic strokes, great swoops and arabesques that enclose the space but do not prevent us from experiencing a sublime exchange between the interior and exterior qualities of the sculpture. King talks about the parallels with music where you have the repetition of a theme presented as variations. Her smaller sculptures are just that, variations of a theme. After Monastery she made a series of sculptures based on drawings she had done in the cactus garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens. She enjoyed looking at the various forms of the cacti and their growth patterns, seeing the sculptural possibilities. The plant is essentially one mass but presents a number of distinct, individual parts and she has developed this idea in her sculptures. They present a multitude of angles and interesting passages through which the eye can pass. These are loose, free flowing pieces; light hearted sketches in metal. She has described how with drawing she likes the idea of making that first confident, vertical gesture, up the page. One can see this vertical movement in Monastery and Saraband, and in the series that includes Camber, Caper and Cake Walk she continues to explore vertical movement with strong graphic elements. King has a rapport with her material, an understanding that allows her to extract the maximum effect without being overly showy, and in that vein these sculptures show a subtle play of line, form and volume. Harvey Shields seriousart.org This extract taken from interview with Jan King 2007


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Monastery 2006 Painted steel 198x110x70cm


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Pepino 2007 Painted steel 26x62x46cm


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Camber 2007 Painted steel 117x55x57cm


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Saraband 2007 Painted steel 217x73x58cm


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Cholla 2007 Painted steel 27x24x22cm


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Comanche 2007 Waxed steel 27x36x34cm


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Cake Walk 2007 Painted steel 106x55x45cm


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Opuntia 2007 Painted steel 29x42x24cm


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Yonder 2007 Waxed steel 51x34x9cm

On The Beam 2007 Waxed steel 44x47x8cm


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Criss Cross 2007 Waxed steel 34x41x10cm


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Caper 2007 Painted steel 119x54x43cm


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Jan King Born 1945 Studies 1994 1985 1979 1971-75 1970

Cunnamulla, Queensland, Australia

Art Omi, New York, USA B.A. Visual Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney New York Studio School, New York National Art School, Sydney Alexander Mackie CAE, Sydney Academia di Belle Arti, Perugia, Italy

Solo Exhibitions 2007 Recent Sculpture King Street Gallery on William, Sydney 2005 new sculpture king street gallery on burton, sydney 2003 recent sculpture king street gallery on burton 2001 mythological meanderings king street gallery on burton 1999 mountains and sea king street gallery on burton 1997 recent sculpture king street gallery on burton 1995 sculpture king street gallery on burton 1993 sculpture king street gallery on burton 1989 Irving Sculpture Gallery, Sydney 1987 Michael Milburn Gallery, Brisbane 1984 Irving Sculpture Gallery 1982 Irving Sculpture Gallery 1979 Art of Man Gallery, Sydney Selected Group Exhibitions 2006 Thirteen sculptors – two views Chase Contemporary & Tribal Arts, Sydney Blake Prize for Religious Art, NAS Gallery, Sydney ‘ow Much Art Thou Shrunk! Defiance Gallery, Sydney 2005 Art Omi Australia, Cell Block Theatre, National Art School, Sydney 2005 The Year In Art SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney The 20th Annual Miniature 6x6x6 Defiance Gallery 2004 Sculpture by the Sea [sponsored by Sydney Water], Tamarrama Walk, Bondi Beach, Sydney Sculpture in the MLC MLC Centre [in conjunction with Sculpture by the Sea] UWS Sculpture Prize, Uni of Western Sydney, Campbelltown, NSW Sculpture in the MLC, SxS, Sydney Sculpture 2004 Campbelltown Bicentennial City Art Gallery, Campbelltown, NSW 2003 2003-The Year in Art SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney Sculpture in the Vines, Hunter Valley Arts Project Sculpture 2003 Campbelltown Bicentennial City Art Gallery


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Sculpture by the Sea [sponsored by Sydney Water], Tamarama Walk The Lady Nock Sculpture Collection, presented by Defiance Gallery Woollahra Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Municipal Council, Sydney Sculpture Michel Sourgnes Gallery, Brisbane king street gallery at Span Galleries, Melbourne Sculpture 2002 Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery Woollahra Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Municipal Council The Studio Tradition-National Art School Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, NSW Sculpture 2001 Access Contemporary Art Gallery & king street gallery, sydney The Importance of Being Small, king street gallery & Defiance Gallery, Sydney Half Metre Square [Staff Exhibition] National Art School, Sydney Tribal Echo Oceanic Arts Australia, Sydney; Campbelltown Bicentennial City Art Gallery Sculpture 2000 Access Contemporary Art Gallery On the Tiles Sir Hermann Black Gallery, University of Sydney Big Thoughts, Small Works Defiance Gallery Inside / Outside Sir Herman Black Gallery, University of Sydney Pas D’Accrochage en Publique, Cell Block Theatre, National Art School, Sydney Bryan Niland Collection, Lewers Bequest & Penrith Regional Art Gallery, Penrith Rossmore Steel (Jan King & Paul Hopmeier),Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Casula, NSW It's a Box (ii) Defiance Gallery The Biggest Little Sculpture Show in Town Defiance Gallery A Box by any other Name Defiance Gallery first night king street gallery It’s About Time Ivan Dougherty Gallery, COFA, University of NSW, Sydney gallery artists, king street gallery on burton Australian Contemporary Art Fair 4, king street gallery, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Graeme Sturgeon Memorial Exhibition, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney Agape king street gallery on burton Into Space Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (& touring) Common Sense king street gallery on burton; University of South Australia Art Museum, Adelaide Sculptors at the Table The Craft Centre Gallery, Sydney Sculpture Park '88, Gallery 460, Gosford, NSW Painters and Sculptures- Diversity in Contemporary Australian Art Queensland Art Gallery; The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan Third Australian Sculpture Triennial, Melbourne Site Specific University of Technology, Sydney Spirit of Place First Draft Gallery, Sydney Ninth Mildura Sculpture Triennial, Mildura, Victoria Michael Milburn Gallery, Brisbane Second Australian Sculpture Triennial, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Table Sculpture Irving Sculpture Gallery, Sydney Eighth Mildura Sculpture Triennial Abstract Australian Sculpture from 1970 Irving Sculpture Gallery Objects Lewers Bequest & Penrith Regional Art Gallery Women Sculptors Irving Sculpture Gallery Sculpture Show, New York Studio School, New York Survey Show, East Sydney Technical College, Sydney


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Winner, Woollahra Sculpture Prize Art Omi Creative Grant, New York, USA Australia Council- Visual Arts Board Travel Grant, USA Australia Council- Visual Arts Board Studio Equipment Grant Australia Council- Visual Arts Board Studio Grant, New York

Collections Art Bank, Australia Clayton Utz Collection Brisbane Girls' Grammar School Macquarie University, Sydney Liverpool City Council University of Technology, Sydney Woollahra Council, Sydney University Western Sydney Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre & Regional Gallery, Casula Bibliography 2005 McDonald, John: The guiding lights, Spectrum-SMH, Dec 23-25, pp18-19 McDonald, John: Out of art’s boiler room, Spectrum-SMH, Oct 8-9, pp28-29 2003 Craft Arts International No 57 Eccles, Jeremy: Off the Wall, Australian Art Collector, Issue 24, April-June, p74 2002 McDonald, John: Marvels in Miniature, The Australian Financial Review, Oct 31 2001 Harris, Peter: Between Intention and Realization, World Sculpture News, Spring, Vol 7, No 2, p38 Watson, Bronwyn: It’s a small world after all, Metro-SMH, Oct 27 2000 Harris, Peter: Sculpture 2000 at Access Contemporary Art Gallery, World Sculpture News, Winter, Vol 6, No 1, pp69-71 Smee, Sebastian: Pick the primitives, Spectrum-SMH, April 22, p12s Reed Burns, Jenna: A new tribe, Domain-Smh, Apr 6-12, p 14 1999 Smee, Sebastian: All Touchy-Feely, The Galleries-SMH, Aug 3, p11 James, Bruce: Remembrance of things Past, Specturm-SMH, Aug 21, p12s Auty, Giles: Marx on the carpet, Weekend Review-The Australian, April 10 1998 Auty, Giles: More power to their elbows, Weekend Review-The Australian, May 30, p23 McDonald, John: King hit at Casual, Spectrum-SMH, June 6, p16s France, Christine: Landscape and the human spirit, Art & Australia, Vol 35, No 4, p508 Kerr Forsyth, Holly: Shaping Nature, Weekend Review-The Australian, Apr 4, p13 1997 McDonald, John: From palette to roulette wheel, Spectrum-SMH, Sept 6 Fortescue, Elizabeth: Artful Women, Arts-Daily Telegraph, Aug 30 1995 McDonald, John: Artistic Feeder Stations, Arts-SMH, Aug 19

Full C.V. available on www.kingstreetgallery.com.au


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King Street Gallery on William 10am – 6pm Tuesday – Saturday 177 William St Darlinghurst NSW 2010 Australia T: 61 2 9360 9727 F: 61 2 9331 4458 E: kingst@bigpond.com W: www.kingstreetgallery.com.au Director: Robert Linnegar Director: Randi Linnegar

Member of the Australian Commercial Galleries Association. Registered Valuer with the Australian Government Taxations Incentives for the Arts Scheme.


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