Guitar woman

Born Melbourne, Australia 1943


After studying art at Prahran Technical College (1958–60) and painting at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (1961–62), Robert Jacks quickly rose to be regarded as one of Australia’s most important artists working in the abstract genre, and was included in the seminal exhibition The Field, at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1968.

His interests in minimal and abstract art, as well as art history, were informed by international precedents early in his career.

Jacks’ practice has encompassed drawing, assemblage, prints, sculpture as well as painting. Although generally categorised as an abstract artist, references to objects and even figures are found throughout his work. Colour plays a key role in his paintings in combination with simplified form and geometric patterns. Most persistently present in one form or another is his love of music, particularly jazz.

Jacks’ work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, most state and many regional galleries.