Ballarat Society of Artists, Inc

Jon Lam

Jon Lam.  Artist, Muralist, Tutor and Judge.                                       ABN: 29 655 302 354

email: jonlam@art51.gmail.com                                                                Mobile: +61 425755839

http://jonfonglam.wix.com/mysite                                                              @jonlam.art51                                                                                                        

 

 

As a young boy, Jon has always been fascinated by paintings and how the world is represented through the eyes of artists. This early interest was further developed when he landed in Melbourne to pursue a Diploma of Art and Design at The Gordon Institute of Technology.

After working as a Graphic Designer in Melbourne for two years, Jon completed a Bachelor of Education at Melbourne State College. He retired early as a teacher to become a fulltime artist.

Malaysia was an English colony. When Jon was growing up, his books came from England and his idea of the country scene is English country sides. He didn’t focus too much on regional Australian scenes until he met his wife, Jeanette Rankin, from Echuca, when he started travelling regularly between Melbourne and Echuca. This started the collaboration between the artist, the land and cultures near and far. It ties neatly with his interest in human consciousness and practices that is evident in shaping his work.

Jon won over 60 awards in the last 9 years including the $5000 first prize in the annual Rochester Mural Festival in 2016 for his dramatic piece “Changes” centred on the Australian landscape which is on permanent display in the Northern Highway in Rochester, Victoria. He has since been a finalist three more times and completed six murals in the Campespe region in Victoria.

Amongst other achievements are his awards for Watercolours, Oils and Acrylics paintings, from Best in Shows to acquisitive competitions and has works hanging in civic buildings around Australia and overseas.

He has works in the Edward River Council Collection, the Murray River Council, Ballarat Base Hospital and St John of God Berwick Hospital Collection. Jon was commissioned to paint a mural for St Joseph primary school in Rochester and Veolia Education Room in Echuca, making him a muralist and fine artist. Jon’s work has been published on the cover of the Art Education magazine and has appeared in the Australian Artist magazine on various occasions.

Jon is a familiar face in many art shows, such as the ones held by the Victorian Artists Society, Australian Guild of Realist Artists and the Rotary Club shows and has eight successful solo exhibitions to date.

 

Today Jon tutors in Art societies, runs painting workshops and judge art shows.

Jon is the past president of The Whitehorse Arts Association and is a member of the

Victorian Artists Society, Echuca Moama Arts Initiatives, Ballarat Arts Alive and the vice president of the Ballarat Society of Artists.

 

Solo exhibitions:

 

August to October 2022 – “Empiricism” – Blue Pyrenees Estate, Avoca

May 2022 – “Accent” – Accent Framing and Fine Art, Ballarat

April 2022 – “Praxis” – Mercure Hotel and Convention Centre, Ballarat

May 2021 – “Unplugged” – The Customs House Gallery, Echuca

October 2018 – “Miscellany” – The Foundry Arts Space, Echuca

February/March – 2016 – “Heart to Art” – Alton Gallery, Echuca

October 2014 – “Expressions of Interest” – Alton Gallery, Echuca

October 1995 – “Changes” – Whitefriars Park Gallery, Donvale

 

 

August 2022.

 

 

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