About & CV

Represented in Australia by Art Atrium, Sydney

https://artatrium.com.au

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 slow ceramic sculpture, authentic food, installation, drawing and performance. 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

2022       A Little Potluck Party Pai Ti Kong with the Ghosts, Curator: Anne McLaughlin, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW (December)

2022      Ritual Ceng Beng, Curator: Jake Treacy, Atrium Space Incinerator Gallery, Aberfeldie, Victoria (November)

2022      Ritual Gathering Potluck Party, Text: Shoufay Derz, Launched by Amrit Gill, Artist in Conversation with Natalie Saez, Art Atrium Gallery, Botany

2022      Ritual Ceng Beng – Phoenix Rises From The Ashes, Curator: Kyle Weise, Text: Siobhan Campbell, Metro Arts West End, Queensland

2022     The Waterfalls in the Moon Gardens, Bilpin International Ground for Initiatives, NSW

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

2021      Mantra, I am a ghost In My Own Home, Curator: Tony Twigg, Slot a Window Gallery

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   2022

2022.     Finalist – The 60th Annual Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Center

2022      Finalist – Eden Unearthed: Art In The Gardens, Eden Gardens Macquarie Park

2022      Finalist – The Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award

2022      Finalist – HIDDEN Rookwood Sculpture Walk, Curator: Kath Fries, Sydney

2022      Finalist – North Sydney Art Prize

2022      Finalist – Muswellbrook Art Prize, NSW

2022      Finalist – Sculpture at Saw Millers McMohans Point

2021      Winner – Georges River Sculpture Art Prize, Hurstville Museum Gallery

2021      Finalist – Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre

2021      Finalist – Blacktown City Art Prize, Leo Kelly Art Center

2021      Finalist – The Churchie Emerging Art Prize, Institute of Modern Art, Queensland

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

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

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

2019      Finalist – Blacktown City Art Prize, Leo Kelly Art Center

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

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

2017      Finalist – Sculptures @ Bayside Sculpture Award, Cook Park

2017      Finalist – Harbour Sculpture Prize, Woolwich

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

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

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022       Summer Sojourn, The 13th End of Year Group Exhibition, Art Atrium, Sydney

2022      Luck-Sha from Mangga Dua Jakarta, the 13th Anniversary of the Firstdraft Auction

2022       HIDDEN Satellite Exhibition: And then Pai Ti Kong, Curator: Kath Fries, McGlade Gallery Australian Catholic University

2022      At The Met: A Language Queer – Mardi Gras Exhibition, Kerrie Lowe, Newtown

2022      Year of the Tiger – Lunar New Year Exhibition, Audrey Fine Art, Sydney

2022      Parallel Wandering, Curator: Cassandra Hard Lawrie, Lunar New Year Celebration, Willoughby City Council

2021      Summer Sojourn, The 12th End of Year Group Exhibition, Art Atrium, Sydney

2021      The Third Space, Curator: Elaine Kim – Kudos Gallery UNSW Art and Design, Sydney

2021       Après Christian Boltanski (After CB), Firstdraft’s online Auction, Sydney

2021      Sacred Gathering (Worship Ritual Datuk Gong) Curator: Suzanne Davey – Eramboo Arts Environmental, Terry Hills

2021      Acute Actions: Responses to I Am Not A Virus, No Friend But The Ghosts (Ceng Beng), Curators: Con Gerakaris, Renae Takeuchi, Dylan Goh, 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     Lemonade – mon amour, not here not there nowhere (buah simalakama) Curators: Kalanjay Dhir, Namika Parajuli, Amy Toma, Tian Zhang, 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, Botany

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, Curator: Jacqueline Larcombe, The Bearded Tit, Redfern, Sydney

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

2018      The Drawing Exchange, Curator: Maryanne Coutts, National Art School and Adelaide Central School of Art

2018      Offering, Firstdraft Art Auction

2018      A Particular Portion of Space, Curator: Maryanne Coutts, 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, Curators: Nicky Ginsberg and Claudia Chan Shaw,  Lunar New Year Exhibition, City of Sydney, Kensington Street

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

2014      Crossing Boundaries, City of Sydney, Curator: Catherine Croll, Chinese New Year Exhibition, 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, Curator: Catherine Croll, Sydney Town Hall

2013      Australian Identity and Beyond, City of Sydney, Curator: Nick Baldas, Muse Gallery Ultimo

Commissions

2022      Fairy Hands In Fox’s Lane, Curator: Jayanto Tan, Ryuichi Fujimura, Carlos Gomes, Kyati and Kartika Suharto, EDGE Fox’s Lane Activations, Inner West Council

2022     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, Diversity Arts Australia

2020      A Little Ceng Beng (Felix Gonzalez-Torres) Curator: Hetty Diggiti, Knox St Window Gallery, City of Sydney

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

2022     There is Always be a Light on For You, Fox’s Lane Permanent Copper Lanterns Public Art Installation with Alessandro Berini, Selina Springett with the 27 Inner West Community. Supported by Inner West Council

2021     RAW CLAY LAB, Eramboo Gallery, Curator: Suzanne Davey with Kath Fries, Michelle Parrette, Helen Earl, Chirstina Frank. Supported by Northern Beaches Council

2019      Peranakan Ritual Gathering Curator: Jayanto Tan with Local Inner West Artists EDGE Leichhardt Town Hall, supported by Inner West Council

2019      Warung Peranakan Waginem Curator: Jayanto Tan with Tony Twigg and local Inner West Artists, Slot a Window Gallery

2015      Mental Health Day Curator: Jayanto Tan with local community. Supported by Indonesians Welfare Association and Sydney South Community

2014      Performance Pondok Ranggon Cemetery, Curator: Jayanto Tan with the Victims Riot of May 1998, Jakarta, Indonesia

2014      Born as a Wooden Horse, Curator: Mayu Kanamori with Maylen Hunt and local artists, City of Sydney, Sydney Town Hall

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

Workshops – Commissions

2022     Making Paper Lantern, Diversity Festival at Ward Park, Counterpoint Multicultural Center

2022     Making Clay Fortune Cookie, Fairy Hands at EDGE Green Sydenham, Inner West Council

2022     Making Clay Food, Peranakan Feast, City of Ryde

2022     Making Clay Fortune Cookie, Granville Arts Centre, Cumberland City Council

2022     Making Clay Food, Curator Tian Zhang, interns Ryuichi Fujimura and Kyati Suharto – The Way We Eat Art After Hours, Art Gallery of New South Wales

2022    Making Clay Fortune Cookie, Curator Dylan Goh, interns Ryuichi Fujimura and Carlos Gomes, Campsie Street Food Festival, City of Canterbury Bankstown

2022     Making Clay Food, Curator Tian Zhang, intern Ryuichi Fujimura,  The Way We Eat Art After Hours, Art Gallery of New South Wales

2022.    Making Clay Fortune Cookie, EDGE Fox’s Lane Ashfield, Inner West Council

2022     Making Clay Fortune Cookie, Lunar New Year Celebration, Eden Gardens, Macquarie Park

2021      Making Clay Fortune Cookie – Youth Off The Streets, Mungo Scott Place, Inner West

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

2020      Making Paper Lantern, Lunar New Year – Henley Street Reserve Garbage, Strathfield Council

2019      Making Paper Lantern, Mpavillion Monash University, Melbourne

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

2019      Making Paper Lantern, Lunar New Year – Kensington Street, Chippendale

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

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

2018      Making Paper Lantern, Lunar New Year – Kensington Street, Chippendale

2017      Making Paper Lantern, Lunar New Year – Kensington Street, Chippendale

2016      Making Paper Lantern, Lunar New Year – Kensington Street, Chippendale

2015      Making Pinch Bowl, Disability Hospital Regens Wagner, Germany

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

Art Grants

Inner West Council, City of Sydney, Diversity Arts Australia, Create NSW, Australia Council, Nava Artist’ Benevolent Fund, Northern Beaches Council, EDGE Inner West, Newtown ArtSeat, City of Parramatta, Cumberland Council, Willoughby City Council, City of Ryde, Rookwood Cemetery, Eden Gardens, NSW Government.

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