artists

Jan Brown is a most distinguished Canberra artist who has always been inspired by living creatures.  Jan explores animal and bird forms creating both sculptural and two dimensional works which convey a great affection for her subjects, these very often being magpies, currawongs and ravens.  She begins her artistic process with sketches, often drawing inspiration from wildlife seen from her kitchen window through to animals in zoos around the world.  Jan has an ability to imbue her subject with its own unique personality while stamping it with her strong aesthetic identity.  Her work is “incidental to a lifetime journey: seeing, learning, knowing, making.”  Jan Brown has two important bronze public art installations in Canberra: the kangaroos situated by the Nerang pool, Commonwealth Park (1981), and the ‘Icarus’ group of sculptures in Petrie Plaza, Civic (2009).

Jan Brown was born in Sydney in 1922.  In 1949, she received her Natio nal Diploma in Design (Sculpture) from the Chelsea Polytechnic School of Art in London, where she studied under Henry Moore.  From 1957 to 2001 she was a lecturer at the Canberra School of Art and, since 1997, a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Institute of the Arts.  Jan’s work is exhibited both nationally and internationally, and over the years she has been an inspirational teacher and mentor to countless professional and amateur artists.  Jan has also been an arts activist and served on numerous major arts advisory councils and arts boards in Canberra.  She is a member of the Order of Australia and an Emeritus Fellow of the Australia Council.  Her work is represented in the collections of National Gallery of Australia; Australian National University, Canberra; Artbank; New Parliament House, Canberra; Canberra Museum & Gallery and the National Library of Australia.

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      $6200 Bird in hand - bronze, 5/6, 45 x 15.5 x 12cm

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      $650 Seated nude with dog - drypoint, AP, 24 x 17cm

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      $650 Nude - graphite on paper, 39 x 9cm

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      $650 Nude - graphite on paper, 36 x 15.5cm

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      $650 Trapped bird 1 - graphite on paper, 53 x 36cm

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      $650 Trapped bird 2 - graphite on paper, 53 x 36cm

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      $520 Nude - graphite on paper, 27 x 11cm

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      $490 Rooster - drypoint, 3/10, 14.5 x 20cm

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      $480 Rhino sleeping 3/4 view - drypoint, 3/10, 14 x 22cm

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      $480 Camel - drypoint, AP, 30 x 40cm

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      $480 Raven IV - drypoint & aquatint, 2/10, 36.5 x 30cm

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      $480 Raven IV - drypoint, AP/10, 36.5 x 30cm

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      $440 Cat - ink and wash on paper, 13 x 27.5cm

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      $420 Pigeon 1 - pen and wash on paper, 14 x 26cm

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      $420 Pigeon II - pen and wash on paper, 15 x 27cm

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      $380 Bird - etching, AP, 19.5 x 13.5cm

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      $360 Constance - drypoint, AP/10, 15 x 20cm

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      $360 Wet currawong - drypoint, AP/10, 15.5 x 27cm

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      $320 Two Hens - woodcut, AP, 30 x 20cm

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