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Valerie Jordan

Valerie JordanValerie Jordan was born in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire. She studied art in the UK at Newcastle College of Art, Coventry College of Art, London Central School of Art and The Tokyo Hanga Academy, Japan. Valerie lives in Adelaide, South Australia and has exhibited widely throughout Australia and her work is represented in many government, corporate and private collections.

Artist's Statement

Having spent 27 years on the Yorkshire moors where often the light was subdued and the sky overcast, I arrived in Australia in 1974 and was immediately struck by the brilliant light and intense blue skies and seas.

It is a land full of brightness and sharp contrasts. There is a freshness in the air, there is warmth, there is a parade of colour and activity on the seas from yachts, windsurfers to the beauty of bird forms.

The outback colours vibrate and glow in the morning and evening light, with bright reds, oranges and purples contrasting with the deep blue sky. In springtime the outback comes alive, bursting with a brilliant carpet of floral colour.

Australia is a land I truly love and I am passionate about capturing its bright fresh spirit in my seacapes and outback paintings.


VALERIE JORDAN

Born 1947 Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

EDUCATION
1964 Newcastle College of Art
1969 BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Coventry College of Art
1970 Higher Diploma of Design, London Central School of Art
1974 Diploma of Teaching, Leeds College of Education
1992 Yoshida Hanga Academy, Tokyo, Japan

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2006 Fine Line Art Studio, Hong Kong
2005 Parker's Coonawarra Estate Winery, Penola
2004 Local Images, Penola
2004 Wilson's Gallery, Robe
2003 Artistic License, Adelaide
2001 Local Images, Penola
1999 Lombard Gallery, Adelaide
1992 Asahi Culture Centre, Tokyo, Japan
1992 Canberra Boys' Grammar Gallery, Canberra
1989 Lombard Gallery, Adelaide
1977,79,81 Lombard Gallery, Adelaide

Group Exhibitions (a selection)

1981-2006

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Yorkshire , UK
Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong
Victor Harbor Rotary Art Show
Artworx Gallery, Goolwa
Gallery M, Adelaide
Art Domain, Adelaide
High Street Gallery, Willunga
Prince Alfred College Art Show
Wooden Boat Festival, Exhibition, Goolwa
Lions Club Art Shows
Artistic License, Adelaide
Glenelg Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide
Wall Street Exchange, Qantas Lounge Exhibitions:-
(Adelaide, Perth, Caloundra)
Heysen landscape Prize Exhibition. Adelaide
Tomlinson Gallery, Adelaide
Scotch College Fine Art exhibition, Adelaide
Manyung Gallery, Victoria
Fleurieu Art Prize Exhibition, Adelaide
Delshan Gallery, Melbourne
Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide
Westminster Gallery, Adelaide
Rotary Art Shows
Lombard Gallery, Adelaide
Wilson's Gallery, Robe
Loreto Art Shows, Adelaide
My Gallery, Brisbane
Crafters Gallery, Mt Tamborine, Qld
Without Pier Gallery, Victoria
Seaview Gallery, Victoria

RESIDENCIES
1992 Canberra Boys' Grammar School
1996 Westminster School, Adelaide

MAJOR COMMISSIONS
2002 36 Paintings for North Shore Hospital, Brisbane

COLLECTIONS
Alice Springs Art Foundation
Barossa Valley Art Collection
University of South Australia
Parliament House, Sydney
Westminster School
Westmead Hospital
District Council of Port Elliot and Goolwa

PUBLICATIONS
Directory of Australian Printmakers
Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, ed Max Germaine
A Buyer's Guide to Australian Art, ed Graham Ryles
Who's Who of Australian Visual Artists (Thorpe 1995)
Women Artists of Australia
Australian Artist Magazine:- January, February and August issues 2006

AWARDS
2000 Adelaide Rotary - Acrylic Award
1999 Royal Adelaide Show - Seascape Prize
1997 Royal Adelaide Show - Seascape Prize
1997 Royal Adelaide - Animal Painting Prize
1996 Rotary Club of Goolwa - Acquisitive Award
1996 Royal Adelaide Show - Landscape Prize
1996 Royal Adelaide Show - Bird Study Prize
1996 Flagstaff Rotary - Print Prize

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
National Association for the Visual Arts
Business Enterprise Centres - Inner West, and Inner Southern

GRANTS
2006 South Australian Government Export Grant [MAP]

EMPLOYMENT
1974-1976 SA Education Department, Secondary Art Teacher
1976-1996 Head of Art, Westminster School, Adelaide
1977-1979 Public Examinations Board, Art Committee Member
1979-1996 Westminster School Gallery and Art Collection established
1987-1996 Head of Creative Art Faculty, Westminster School
1996-2002 Art Stretchers, part-time Sales Representative and Demonstrator
2002 Full time Artist

Valerie Jordan: Giclée Prints:
Screen Prints:
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