‘Biography’ 2016

Jan Stapleton
(Jan Stapleton-Rankin)

Australian Contemporary Landscape Artist

‘Biography’ 2016

Janis Stapleton

(J Stapleton )
J Stapleton-Rankin)

Australian Contemporary Landscape Artist

Janis is a Sydney based, contemporary Australian landscape painter who has exhibited extensively in Sydney galleries and exhibitions for the past 30 years. Following an initial successful exhibition at Geo Styles Sydney Gallery in 1986 she exhibited with this gallery for several years.

During the late nineties she redefined her techniques and visual language with the development of new artworks. Using mixed media and collage, themes of women from earlier works evolved into more universal/ mythological images. Between 2005-2014 her landscape themes in oil and acrylic were explored in a more experimental, poetic manner using the artist’s unique, creative interpretations of the Australian landscape.

As her landscape work continued to develop she travelled through remote parts of Cape York, Western Queensland and Gulf country, the Northern Territory, Western Australia’s Kimberley and Pilbara regions and Lake Eyre gathering material for new paintings. These remote wilderness areas continue to be a powerful inspiration in the creation of new artwork. 

At various times since 2000 her paintings have been selected for major curated exhibitions at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and she has been featured in about 30 major commercial gallery exhibitions and numerous art shows. Her evocative contemporary landscape work and ‘billabong’ paintings are highly sought after. She is represented extensively in private collections here and overseas and paintings can be viewed at various commercial galleries in Sydney, Canberra and Victoria.

Gallery Exhibitions
1986 Geo Styles Gallery, Sydney
1993 Sylvania Galleries, Sydney (Solo)
1996 Sylvania Galleries, Sydney
1997 Sylvania Galleries, Sydney
2000 Hazelhurst Regional Gallery (Community Gallery) ‘New Visions’
2001 Sylvania Galleries, Sydney
2003 Berkelouw, Paddington (Solo artist) ‘Jan Stapleton New Works’
2003 Ewart Gallery, Willoughby Sydney ‘Doodle’
2004 Michael Commerford Gallery, Sydney ‘Five Ways’
2005 Woollahra Times Gallery, ‘Blooms’
2006 Articles Fine Art Gallery, Stanwell Park ‘Anniversary Exhibition’
2006 ‘Art2Muse’ at ‘Simmer on the Bay’, Walsh Bay Sydney
2007 Woollahra Times Gallery, ‘Images of the Goddess’
2007 Saints Gallery, Sans Souci, ‘Visions of the Landscape’
2008 Moulton Galleries Mosman/Glen St Theatre, ‘Seven of the Best’
2008 Aarwun Gallery Canberra, ‘Winter Exhibition’
2010 Gallery Oscar, Turramurra, Sydney, ‘Pre Easter Show’
2010 Woollahra Times Art Gallery, ‘Australian Landscape’
2010 Moulton Galleries Mosman, ‘The Talented Trio’
2010 Woollahra Times ( Fellia Melas) Gallery, ‘Spring Sydney’
2011 Gallery Oscar, Sydney, ‘Group Exhibition 2011’
2011 Fellia Melas Gallery Woollahra, ‘Works on Paper’
2011 Aarwun Gallery Canberra, ‘Spring Exhibition’-three person show
2012 Aarwun Gallery Canberra, Solo Show
2012 Fellia Melas Gallery Woollahra, Christmas Exhibition
2013 Gallery Oscar Group Exhibition
2013 Fellia Melas Gallery Woollahra, Gallery Artist Spring Exhibition
2014 Aarwun Gallery Canberra, Winter Exhibition, two person show
2014 Moulton Galleries Mosman, two person show
2016 Aarwun Gallery Canberra, 'Petits Travaux' group show
2016 Fellia Melas Gallery Woollahra, 'Under the Sun', group show
2016 Moulton Galleries Mosman

Selective Exhibitions

2000 ‘Southern Sydney Artists’ Exhibition Hazelhurst Regional Gallery (HRG)
2001 ‘Southern Exposure I: ‘Centenary of Federation’, HRG
2001 ‘Waverly Art Prize 2001’ Exhibition
2001 ‘Hazelhurst Art Award’ Art on Paper Exhibition, HRG
2002 ‘Southern Exposure II’; ‘The Royal National Park’, HRG
2003 ‘Southern Exposure III: ‘Food for Thought’, HRG
2005 ‘Southern Exposure IV: ‘God’s Own Country’, HRG
2009 Camberwell Art Show, Victoria
2009 Central Coast Festival of Arts
2009 Feature artist Oakhill College Art Show
2010 Feature artist Centacare Wollongong Art Show
2010 Feature artist 'Oatley Uniting Church' Exhibition

Recent Prizes
2009 Contemporary Art Award, Central Coast Festival of the Arts

2011 Henry Lawson Festival Grenfell, winner best painting/bronze statuette


Max Germaine,“Australian Artists and Galleries”,1990 edit (p 643 ‘Ian’ Stapleton)

Special Interest
*Art study tours galleries Paris and Italy 2001; London galleries 2006; Paris 2008
*Professional artist representative committee Hazelhurst Regional Gallery 200 - 2008
*Painting, Kakadu NT 2003, Alice Springs/Ayers Rock/Kings Canyon 2004
*Art study tour museums/archeological sites of Ancient Greece & Turkey 2005
* Art trips Kimberleys WA 2007, Cape York QLD 2009, Pilbara WA 2010
* Lake Eyre 2010, 2012- aerial photography
* Art trip Western QLD and Gulf country 2012
* Cape York QLD 2016

The artist also exhibits annually at many other art shows in city and regional NSW and Victoria. Namely Sorrento, Yea, Portland, Oakhill College, Bright, Tea Gardens, Melbourne, Camberwell, Box Hill, The Kings School, Hills Grammar, Mount Waverley etc.