Jan Jorgensen is QWASI’s founding member in 1983, together with Janna Pameijer. We are honoured to have both as our Life members.
Brisbane born artist Jan Jorgensen studied art at Brisbane Girls Grammar then at the now College of Art for 2 years before working as an artist on a Brisbane newspaper.
After free lancing, there was a 3 year study for an Assoc. Diploma of Visual Art at the College of Art, Kelvin Grove, with tutor William Robinson.
With a friend, Jan founded the Qld. Wildlife Artists Society and exhibited for 10 years before moving to own and run galleries, Ardrossan, and Riverhouse, in the inner city.
City paintings took over and many exhibitions in Brisbane and Sydney followed.
Jan was invited to show in selected exhibitions such as The Aberdare Prize, Brisbane City Art Gallery
“Seeing Brisbane’ in 2002, and Tattersalls Landscape Prize from 1992 to 2008, achieving, the Highly Commended awards in ’92 and ’99.
First prizes include L.J. Hooker, Suncorp, Nudgee College and Downlands College.
Works acquired through Art Prizes are in the collection of Downlands, Redeemer Lutheran, John Paul and Nudgee Colleges, St. Hildas School, Suncorp and Prince Charles Hospital.
The book of Jan’s paintings and verse Changing Places, Brisbane was first published by Macmillan Art Publishing in 2002.
The new edition of Changing Places, Brisbane’ with images of paintings from the last 10 years was launched at Mary Ryan, Milton and Lethbridge Gallery, Paddington in September 2012 concurrently with a solo exhibition