Jun Chen

Born 1960, China
Lives and works in Brisbane

Artist's CV

Jun Chen was born in China in 1960 and migrated to Australia in 1990. He trained in painting at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and later the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. In China, Chen was a brush and ink painter; in Australia he reinvented himself as an oil painter using paint thickly applied with a pallete knife to capture landscapes, nudes and still lifes. The artist is a regular finalist in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes and his work is included  in the collections of Parliament House, Canberra, and in private collections in Australia and Asia.

Harmony and dynamism duel for attention throughout the interwoven colours executed in short and long swaths of oil paint. The perfection of Chen's placement and tonal understanding—combined with the clarity of colour give strength to his unbroken vision of the world of contemplation.

Chen's rich, dynamic oils are eagerly sought after. His painting is amongst the most recognisable of contemporary painters working in Australia today.

Article by Louise Martin-Chew in Artist Profile, Jan 2018 

\ Artworks

Autumn 2

2019 \ Oil on canvas \ 102 x100cm


Banana Trees

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 100 x 102cm


Early Morning

2019 \ Oil on canvas \ 136x160cm

Grey Sky

2019 \ Oil on Canvas \ 205 x 312cm

Grey Sky with River

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ F. 90 x 93.5cm

Jacaranda Street

2019 \ Oil on canvas \ 183 x 137cm

Jacaranda, Grey Sky

2019-20 \ Oil on canvas \ 136x160cm

Late Autumn

2019 \ Oil on canvas \ 136 x 160cm

Lilies I

2019 \ Oil on canvas \ 100 x 102cm

Lilies II

2019 \ Oil on canvas \ 100 x 102cm

Magnolia Trees

2018 \ Oil on canvas \ 198.5 x 301cm


Purple Trees in Bush I

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 136 x 200cm


Red Trees

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 137 x 180cm

Small Road

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 137 x 160cm

Two yellow trees with river

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 146x197cm

Yellow Bush

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 136.5 x 200cm

\ News


2021 Archibald & Wynne Prize... Six finalists. A Packing Room Prize winner.

2 June 2021

Six Nanda\Hobbs artists selected as finalists in the 2021 Archibald and Wynne Prizes with Kathrin Longhurst winning the Packing Room Prize.

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\ Exhibitions featuring Jun Chen

9 x 5"

Group Exhibition

22 January — 6 February 2021


Group Exhibition

16 December 2020 — 16 January 2021

Jun Chen


8 October — 24 October 2020


Group Exhibition

10 September — 15 September 2019

Summer Show

Group Exhibition

5 December — 22 December 2018

Jun Chen

New Spring

8 November — 24 November 2018

Spring Collector Exhibition

Group Exhibition

11 September — 6 October 2018

Contact Us

to find out more about Jun Chen.

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