JAN VAN DIJK
Capturing obscure characters, gritty facades, and decrepit carnival rides, Jan Van Dijk’s work reveals the beauty within these enigmatic people and places. Van Dijk’s gestural paintings unravel a narrative of the futility and frailty of human kind. Dense brushwork and layered imagery dominate the picture plane as the works encapsulate convergent moments in time.
Jan Van Dijk’s practice spans over a decade. He has a strong exhibition profile nationally and internationally with exhibitions in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Paris, Sofia and New Orleans. His works have been represented at art fairs in Brussels, London, New York, Amsterdam and Singapore.
Van Dijk has been a finalist in various art prizes including: Blake Art Prize (2011), ANL Maritime Art Prize (Melbourne, 2011), Sunshine Coast Art Prize (2011), Van Dijk’s work is featured in numerous public and corporate collections including: QPAC, Gadens Lawyers, SSAT and Mater Health Services, Lessedra International Painting Prize (Bulgaria, 2010) and Clayton Utz Art Award (2010). In 2013 he was a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.