Working within abstraction across painting, painting installation and drawing, Jan Handel's practice seeks to give physical form to circumstances and situations inherent in the human experience.
This is the conceptual starting point which underpins each series of work.
Painting primarily on Perspex, Handel uses limited hues to achieve a broad range of colour through layering and translucency. The formal aspects of painting, particularly pictorial space, the (altered) geometry of the horizontal and vertical grid, colour and surface texture respond to the sensory concepts which are the genesis of the paintings.
The works ‘represent’ an experience, but are non-figurative, offering no image of the real world. They are paintings as independent 'objects', yet each contains a meaning that transcends its formal qualities. They could be metaphors or talismans.
The seduction of paint, colour, space, and the ambiguity of a painting as an ‘object’ that represents something else continue to form the basis of her practice.
Born Armidale, N.S.W.
Lives and works in Sydney, Australia.
2013 Bachelor of Fine Arts (distinction), National Art School, Sydney
2008 Diploma of Fine Arts (distinction), Sydney Gallery School, Meadowbank TAFE
1997 Diploma of Visual Art, SCDA, Sydney
2019 Solo Show Inside a Painting, Gently, Factory49Paris, Paris, France
2019 Connexions Silencieuses, Eglise St Laurent, Eygalières, France
2019 The Other Art Fair, Australian Technology Park, Sydney
2018 Le Salon Réalités Nouvelles, Paris
2018 PINK, 220 Creative Space, Darlinghurst, Sydney
2018 Revisiting the Corpse: A Year in Drawing, STACKS Projects, Potts Point, Sydney
2018 AbstractTwentyEighteen, Langford 120, Melbourne
2018 The Abstract Project, Factory 49, Marrickville, Sydney (curator)
2018 Geometrize, Art Est, Leichhardt, Sydney
2018 Print Show, Factory 49, Marrickville, Sydney
2018 Annual Group Show, Factory 49, Marrickville, Sydney
2017 Developing Structures, Abstract Project, Paris, France
2017 Factory 49 Annual Group Show, Factory 49, Marrickville, Sydney
2017 Postcards to Alaska, International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, Alaska
2017 Educator's Show, Art Est, Leichhardt, Sydney
2016 STACKS Projects group show, STACKS Projects, Potts Point, Sydney
2016 White Barometer Gallery, Paddington, Sydney
2016 Solo Show: 'WRAP ME UP (calm me down)', Factory 49, Marrickville, Sydney
2015 2D or not 2D?, Gallery Klei, Sydney
2015 Crossing Borders, National Art School
2015 Heaven and Earth, GAFFA Gallery, Sydney
2015 BANG, Spectrum Now Arts Festival, Pier 2 / 3, Walsh Bay, Sydney
2014 Drawn Out, Art Est Gallery, Leichhardt
2013 Selected Graduate Drawing Exhibition, National Art School
2013 Saatchi and Saatchi Graduate Exhibition, National Art School
2013 From Field to Folio, Xavier Art Space, St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst
2013 The Vagina Dialogues, Library Stairwell Gallery, National Art School
2013 Hell is Others, Library Stairwell Gallery, National Art School
2012 Finalist, NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW Parliament, Sydney
2012 Plus One, Art Est, Leichhardt
2011 Public Pictures, selected first year photographs, National Art School
2010 Finalist, St George Art Awards, Hurstville City Gallery
2010 A Picture Show, Breathing Colours, Balmain
2010 Finalist, Hunter's Hill Art Prize, Hunter's Hill
2009 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Regional Gallery
2009 Finalist, Hunter's Hill Art Prize, Hunter's Hill
2009 For Art's Sake, FRANS, Addison Road Gallery, Marrickville
2008 N x NW, Washhouse Gallery, Roselle
2008 Selected Online Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery
2008 Finalist, Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2008 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Regional Gallery
2019 Factory49 Paris, Paris, France
2018 NG Art Creative Residency, Provence, France
2017 Abstract Project, Paris, France
2018 The Abstract Project: Works from Paris, Factory 49, Marrickville, Sydney
2013 The John McCaughey Prize (painting), National Art School, Sydney
2006 Highly Commended, ‘One Up’ Exhibition, Sydney Gallery School, Meadowbank
2005 First Year Drawing Prize, Sydney Gallery School, Meadowbank
2019 - Volunteer, Factory 49, Marrickville, Sydney
2016 - Volunteer, STACKS Projects, Potts Point, Sydney
2015 - Educator, Art Est, Leichhardt, Sydney
2007 - Educator, Sydney Design School, Crow’s Nest, Sydney
1999-07 Educator, International School of Colour and Design, Sydney
Work is held in the National Art School and the Sydney Gallery School, Meadowbank TAFE archives, Sydney, and in private collections in Australia, U.S.A and France.