About & CV

Artist Statement

Jayanto Tan is a visual artist who was born and raised in a small village in North Sumatra to a Sumatran Christian mother and Guandong Taoist father. As an immigrant artist living in Sydney, who fled poverty and political repression in search of a better life, his practice blends Eastern and Western mythologies with the reality of current events.

He draws on the identity politics of his diaspora to express personal experiences of ‘otherness’ through installation, ceramics, performance and drawing. His practice shares autobiographical experiences of loss, displacement, hope and offering a sentiment of mixed spirituality and sharing demonstrates a diverse culture bringing the timeless wisdom of meditation to a contemporary world.

Artist CV

Education

2017 – 2019        Masters of Fine Arts, Drawing, National Art School

2014 – 2017        Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics, National Art School

2010 – 2013        Diploma of Fine Arts, Sculpture and Painting, Sydney Gallery School

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021      Ritual My Beautiful Curse (Cap Go Meh), Verge Gallery, The University of Sydney

2021      Mantra, I am a ghost In My Own Home, Slot a Window Gallery, Redfern

2020      Happy Days, Cabinet of Curiosity, Ashfield Town Hall, Inner West Council

2019      Ritual Everywhere But Nowhere (Buah Semangka Berdaun Sirih), Firstdraft, Sydney

2018      Offerings, Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture, Western Sydney University

2018      Heritage – Peranakan, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Inner West Council

2017      Journey – Merantau, Kensington Contemporary, Sydney

2014      Conversations, NG Pop-up Gallery, Ground Central Park, Sydney

Awards and Prizes      

2021      Finalist – the churchie emerging art prize, Institute of Modern Art, Queensland

2021      Finalist – Georges River Art Prize, Hurstville Museum Gallery

2021      Finalist – Incinerator Art Award – Art for Social Change, Incinerator Gallery, Victoria

2021      Finalist – Sculpture at Saw Millers McMohans Point (postpone  2022)

2021      Finalist – HIDDEN Rookwood Sculpture Walk, Sydney (postpone 2022)

2021      Finalist – Eden Unearthed: Art In The Gardens, Macquarie Park

2021      Finalist – Western Sydney University Sculpture Award, Campbelltown

2021      Winner – First Prize Sydney Royal Easter Show, Ceramic, Olympic Park

2021      Finalist – The 66th Blake Prize, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Casula

2020      Finalist – HarbourSculpture, Balmain Rowing Club

2020      Winner – The 11th Greenway Art Prize, Small Sculpture, Inner West Council

2020      Finalist – Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery

2020      Finalist – Incinerator Art Award – Art for Social Change, Incinerator Gallery, Victoria

2020      Finalist – A Little Things Arts Prize, Saint Cloche, Paddington, Sydney

2019      Finalist – Blacktown City Art Prize, Blacktown

2019      Finalist – The 10th Annual Greenway Art Prize, Inner West Council

2019      Finalist – Urban EDGE Art Prize, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Inner West Council

2019      Finalist – Sculptures @ Bayside Acquisition Prize, Cook Park, Kyeemagh

2019      Finalist – North Sydney Art Prize, Sydney

2019      Finalist – Art on GreenWay Art Prize, Inner West Council

2018      Winner – Mentoring Blooming Arts, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Inner West Council

2017      Finalist – HIDDEN, Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk, Sydney

2017      Finalist – A Little Things Art Prize, Saint Cloche, Paddington, Sydney

2017      Finalist – Sculptures @ Bayside Sculpture Award, Cook Park, Kyeemagh

2017      Finalist – Harbour Sculpture Prize, Woolwich, Sydney

2017      Finalist – North Sydney Art Prize, Sydney

2016      Finalist – Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre

2016      Finalist – A Little Things Art Prize, Saint Cloche, Paddington, Sydney

2015      Highly Commented – Women’s Art Prize, See Street Gallery, Meadowbank

2014      Finalist – Sculpture in the Vineyard, Wollombi Valley, Lower Hunter Valley

2014      Finalist – Utopia, Chippendale New World Art Prize, Sydney

2014      Finalist – Sculpture at Scenic World, Blue Mountain, NSW

2013      Finalist – Sculpture in the Vineyard, Wollombi Valley, Lower Hunter Valley

2013      Highly Commented – Revitalisation, Chippendale New World Art Prize, Sydney

2013      Finalist – The 59th Hunters Hill Art Exhibition, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021       The Third Space, Kudos Gallery UNSW Art and Design, Sydney

2021       Après Christian Boltanski (After CB), Firstdraft’s 35th Anniversary Auction,  Woolloomoolloo, Sydney

2021      Sacred Gathering (Worship Ritual Datuk Gong), Eramboo Arts Environmental, Terry Hills

2021      Acute Actions: Responses to I Am Not A Virus, Ceng Beng, No Friend But The Ghosts, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

2021     A Little Tea Party, VESSEL – Carrie // receptacle, May Space, Sydney

2021     Dragdolls Through the Looking Glass, Mardi Gras Exhibition, Kerrie Lowe, Newtown

2020     Summer Sojourn, The 11th End of Year Group Exhibition, Art Atrium, Sydney

2020      mon amour, not here not there nowhere (buah simalakama) PARI ARI, Parramatta

2020      Fortune Cookie after Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Firstdraft Art Auction

2020      Fresh Perspective, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown

2020      Rainbow Visionaries, Mardi Gras Exhibition, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown

2019      Summer Sojourn, The 10th Anniversary End of Year Group Exhibition, Art Atrium, Sydney

2019      Master of Fine Art Exhibition, National Art School, Sydney

2019      Ritual Looking For Enlightenment, Mpavillion Monash University, Melbourne

2019      Healing, Firstdraft Art Auction, Woolloomoollo, Sydney

2019      Suburban XTRA, The Bearded Tit, Redfern, Sydney

2019      Yes, Yes, Nanette! Mardi Gras Exhibition, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown

2018      The Drawing Exchange, National Art School and Adelaide Central School of Art

2018      Offering, Firstdraft Art Auction

2018      A Particular Portion of Space, Library Stairwell Gallery, National Art School

2017      A Fresh Perspective, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown

2017      Colors, Place Suisse des Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

2017      Hiver, Place Suisse des Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

2017      Get Amongst It, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney

2016      Bachelor of Fine Art Exhibition, National Art School, Sydney

2016      TWENTY TWENTY, Chinese New Year Exhibition, Kensington Street, Chippendale

2014      This is not Art (TiNA) – Monuments of the Everyman, NANA art space, Newcastle

2014      Crossing Boundaries, Chinese New Year Exhibition, City of Sydney, Town Hall

2013      Diploma Graduate Exhibition, Sydney Gallery School, Sydney

2013      Open Studio Exhibitions, BG Studio Red Gate, Beijing

2013      rắn 뱀 A Celebration of Asian Australian Art, City of Sydney, Town Hall

2013      Australian Identity and Beyond, City of Sydney, Muse Gallery Ultimo

Commissions

2021      Fairy Hands In Fox’s Lane, Inner West Fest Djarrawunang Ashfield, Inner West Council (postpone 2022)

2021     There is Always be a Light on For You, Fox’s  Lane Public Permanent Lanterns Installation, Inner West Council

2021     Ritual Rainbow Gathering, Eden Unearthed: Art In The Gardens, Macquarie Park

2021     Potluck Party: Pai Ti Kong Feast, Caterer Nyonya Food, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

2021     Ceng Beng, No Friend But The Ghosts, I Am Not A Virus Project, City of Parramatta, Diversity Arts Australia

2020      A Little Ceng Beng (Felix Gonzalez-Torres), Knox St Window Gallery, City of Sydney, Chippendale

2019      Their Sea is Always Hungry, Caterer Jajan Pasar for Leyla Steven Exhibition, UTS Art

2019      Ritual Red Chandeliers, Warringah Aquatic Centre Public Art, Northern Beaches Council

2019      Moon Festival, EDGE Ashfield, Inner West Council

2019      Ritual Looking For Enlightenment, Newtown ArtSeat, Inner West Council

2019      Ritual Tea Tree, Art on GreenWay Art Prize, Lilyfield, Inner West Council

2018      EDGE Spring Festival, Ashfield Civic Center, Inner West Council

2018      Eden Unearthed, Eden Gardens, Macquarie Park, NSW

2017      Eden Unearthed, Eden Gardens, Macquarie Park, NSW

Collaborations

2021     There is Always be a Light on For You, Fox’s Lane Permanent Lanterns Public Art Installation, supported by Inner West Council

2021     RAW CLAY LAB, Eramboo Gallery, supported by Northern Beaches Council

2019      Peranakan Ritual Gathering, EDGE Leichhardt Town Hall, supported by Inner West Council

2019      Warung Peranakan Waginem, Tony Twigg, Slot a Window Gallery, Sydney

2015      Mental Health Day, supported by Indonesians Welfare Association and Sydney South Community

2014      Performance Pondok Ranggon Cemetery, Victims Riot of May 1998, Indonesia

2014      Born as a Wooden Horse, Mayu Kanamori, City of Sydney, Sydney Town Hall

2013      Rainbow in Beijing, Snow in Bali, 798 Art District, Yuanfen – Flow, Beijing, China

Workshops – Commissions

2021      Clay Fortune Cookie – Youth Off The Streets, Mungo Scott Place, Summer Hill, Inner West Council

2021      Making Copper Lantern – Youth off The Streets, Mungo Scott Place, Summer Hill, Inner West Council

2020      Folding Paper Lantern, Lunar New Year – Henley Street Reserve Garbage, Homebush West

2019      Folding Paper Lantern, Mpavillion Monash University, Melbourne

2019      Folding Paper Lantern, North Sydney Art Prize, North Sydney Council

2019      Folding Paper Lantern, Lunar New Year – Kensington Street, Chippendale, Sydney

2018      Folding Paper Lantern, Mittelschule am Aschberg in Weisingen, Bavaria, Germany

2018      Folding Paper Lantern, Ashfield Civic Centre, Inner West Council

2018      Folding Paper Lantern, Lunar New Year – Kensington Street, Chippendale, Sydney

2017      Folding Paper Lantern, Lunar New Year – Kensington Street, Chippendale, Sydney

2016      Folding Paper Lantern, Lunar New Year – Kensington Street, Chippendale, Sydney

2015      Pinch Bowl, Disability Hospital Regens Wagner, Germany

2015      Folding Paper Lantern, Children’s Hospital Les Ateliers Du Coeur, Lausanne

Art Grants

City of Sydney, Diversity Arts Australia, Create NSW, Australia Council, Nava Artist’ Benevolent Fund, Northern Beaches Council, Inner West Council,  Newtown ArtSeat, City of Parramatta

Collections

Mittelschule am Aschberg in Weisingen, Bavaria, Germany,

Inner West Council – Ashfield, Australia, Tanteri Pottery – Bali, Indonesia,

Private Collections, Australia, France, Germany, Switzerland, China and Indonesia.

Residencies

2022      BigCi, Bilpin, New South Wales

2017      Tantery Pottery, Bali, Indonesia

2013      Red Gate Gallery Beijing, China