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The Greek Paintings | Col Jordan

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Working with Mossenson Galleries Subiaco, BRAG is excited to be able to exhibit The Greek Paintings by Col Jordan.

In 2018 Jordan tested new techniques on paper and explored the possibilities that this medium could bring to his practice. His work has always overlayed one reality on another conflicting reality seeking to produce a new unity out of this conflict. This plus the artist’s early fascination with mythology of Daedalus and the Maze eventually led him to the idea of a series of twenty-four paintings, each work taking the anglicised name of a letter from the ancient Greek alphabet and from these letter shapes producing an abstract composition.

Jordan decided that the series should explore and revisit every technique and colour variation used in his work since his first exhibition at Sydney's Watters Gallery in 1966. The result is the called The Greek Paintings.

The Greek Paintings will be on display at BRAG form 24 June to 17 September 2023. This will be the first time this body of works will be on show. The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Entry is always free.

Artist Bio

In the 1960s Col Jordan was one of a small group of young artists who introduced hard edge optical painting to Australia.

Since 1966 he has had fifty solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and Western Australian including retrospective exhibitions at the Bathurst City Art Gallery and the Lewers Bequest Gallery He has won a number of awards including the Flotta Lauro Traveling Art Scholarship. His participation in major group exhibitions includes "Engine" in 1967, "The Field" in 1968, "Abstraction Now-The Australians" in 1986, "Virtue"in 1993 and "Silver-25th Anniversary Exhibition" in 1999. His work is represented in major public and corporate collections including those of B.H.P., I.B.M., the Commonwealth Bank, the University of New South Wales, The University of Sydney, the University of Wollongong, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria and the National Gallery of Australia.

In 1994 Col Jordan retired from his position as professor and associate dean at the College of Fine Art in The University of New South Wales and in 1995 was appointed an honorary visiting professor at that institution. In 1996 the Council of The University of New South Wales conferred on him the title of emeritus professor.

Image: Col Jordan, OMEGA (detail), 2018. Acrylic on paper.