(born 1955 Melbourne, Australia)

Jan Nelson is known for a highly refined practice that references the gloss of fashion magazines, advertising and the visual language of realism. Balancing textural and chromatic intensity her works – spanning painting, photography and sculpture – often present a young person inhabiting the ‘space between’ the world in which we exist and the one we desire. Nelson is interested in changing states and in exploring points of tension, particularly between the interior world of her subjects and their public presentation.

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Strange days 2013
© Jan Nelson. Licensed by Viscopy Museum of Contemporary Art, donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by the artist, 2015