Jan Stapleton

Jan Stapleton is an Australian contemporary landscape artist residing in southern Sydney who has been exhibiting extensively in Sydney galleries for the past 35 years.

She also exhibits regularly at various art shows throughout New South Wales and Victoria including; Sorrento, Yea, Portland, Oakhill College, Bright, Tea Gardens, Melbourne, Camberwell, Box Hill, The Kings School, Hills Grammar and Mount Waverley.

Jan feels she has been fortunate to have travelled and experienced much of our vast and beautiful Australian wilderness.  She has been inspired by many landscapes including Kakadu, the Kimberley and Pilbara, Cape York, Lake Eyre Basin and closer to home, the stunning NSW coastline and the Hacking River near Sydney.

Artist's Statement

I have a passion for the landscape and landscape painting. I feel ‘enlivened and connected’ to the ‘energy and spirit’ of the places I paint. The paintings become more than what I physically ‘see’.

To the landscape I bring my own marks, my colours and my ‘energy’ and passion. The act of creation brings life to a painting and over the course of a series of related works momentum and insight carry me through the work involved creating and completing the artwork. The physical work of building up a surface, multi layering of paint and marks and the ‘resolution phase’.

I have been fortunate in my life to have been able to experience much of the vast and beautiful wilderness in this country. The landscapes of Kakadu and recently Arnhem Land in NT, the Kimberley and Pilbara. Cape York, the Gulf Country, Winton and western QLD. The vast expanse of the Lake Eyre basin following flooding. Closer to home, the landscapes inspired by the stunning Coast Walk/ Bundeena and the Hacking River south of Sydney.

Much of my recent work has been centred on my series of ‘billabong paintings’. These billabongs are scattered across the landscape of northern Australia and have great significance to the aboriginal people.   

I have been ever inspired by the great landscape artists of this country who have proceeded me and their struggle to relate their visual experience and inward perceptions of the landscape into a visual form. The beauty, lyricism and visual poetry of John Olsen. The spatial dynamic, calligraphic simplicity and marks of Fred Williams. The vibrancy and passion for his subject in Arthur Boyd’s river landscapes.

    –  Jan Stapleton  2021



Commercial 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   Moulton Galleries Mosman, three person show

2018   Moulton Galleries Mosman

Selective Exhibition – Includes Regional Gallery shows

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 Wollongong- ‘Centacare art Show’

2010   Feature artist ‘Oatley Uniting Church’ Exhibition