La luna 1 – the long century

Born Melbourne, Australia 1955


Jan Nelson undertook her studies at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in the early 1980s and has worked across a range of media, including photography, painting, video and sculpture.

In a series of paintings made in the early 1990s such as La luna 1 – the long century (1991), the artist investigated the currency of historical painting tropes, including romanticism, and the role of the female and her audience in the experience of the image. Most recently Nelson has explored the psychological experience of young people and the space between photography and painting in her hyper-real painting series Walking in tall grass (1999–2004).

Her work has been included in important survey and solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2004), Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2003), Centre for Contemporary Photography (1998), Cité lnternationale des Arts, France (1996), and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (1994).

Nelson’s work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Monash Medical Centre, and the Australian Council of Trade Unions.