Jonathan Crowther

Jonathan Crowther is a contemporary still life realist painter. His work explores the everyday overlooked objects of daily life. Working at a micro level he enlarges the objects to a macro scale, causing a degree of abstraction while utilising photorealist and classical painting techniques.

In 2014 Crowther completed his Masters in Contemporary Art with first class honours from the VCA. In 2015 he was awarded an Art Start Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts and went on to win the $15000 Eutick Memorial Still Life Award judged by Sydney Morning Herald art critic John McDonald. In 2009 he was also the winner of the prestigious Churchie National Emerging Art Prize and has been a finalist for a number of other awards and competitions.

With his latest collection, ‘Signs of Life’, Crowther explores the historical motif of the vase and flowers. For centuries this motif has been a central theme in still life paintings, reaching it’s peak of popularity during the Dutch Golden Age. Crowther’s large scale paintings somewhat subvert this popular schema by creating vases out of things in his own studio, from pen lids to soy sauce containers, each micro in scale. The flowers are not roses or lilies, but rather small flowers from bushes and trees he has collected from walking the streets of his local neighbourhood. The result are finely crafted paintings that bring attention to these often everyday overlooked objects and flora.

Born Goondiwindi, Queensland
Lives and works Melbourne, Victoria

EDUCATION

2014 Masters of Contemporary Art, (First Class Honours), VCA, Melbourne
2003 Diploma in Fine Art- Brisbane North Institute
2000 Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy and Religion Majors-University of Queensland

AWARDS AND PRIZES

2015 Winner, Eutick Memorial Still Life Prize (EMSLA), Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery – judge John McDonald
Art Start Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
2014 Postgraduate Creative Scholarship, Victorian College of Art
2009 Overall winner, Churchie National Emerging Art Award – judge Jeff Makin Shire Council Acquisition, Aspects Art Show, Goondiwindi
2005 Major Acquisition Prize, Aspects Art Show, Goondiwindi Public Sculpture Commission-Goondiwindi Botanical Gardens

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 Anything but Ordinary, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2014 Open Narratives, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore
2013 Pages of History, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2010 Flow, White Canvas Gallery, Brisbane
2004 Elemental, Botanical Gardens, Goondiwindi

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015 Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery (Finalist)
Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize, The Gallery @BACC, Melbourne (Finalist)
2014 VCA School of Art Masters Exhibition, VCA Southbank, Melbourne Substation Contemporary Art Prize, The Substation, Melbourne (Finalist)
The Windsor Prize, The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne (Finalist)
2012 Northern Rivers Portrait Prize, Lismore Regional Gallery (Finalist)
Wilson River Art Award, Trinity College, Lismore (Finalist)
Clayton Utz Art Award, Brisbane (Finalist)
2011 Northern Rivers Portrait Prize, Lismore Regional Gallery (Finalist)
Wood for the Trees, Lismore Regional Gallery
Byron Bay Writers Festival Sculpture Show, Byron Bay (Finalist)
Lethbridge 10000, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane (Finalist)
Byron Bay Art Classic, Byron Bay
Rotary Art Spectacular, Eagle St Pier, Brisbane
2010 Red Kite Charity Exhibition, White Canvas Gallery,
Brisbane Summer Exhibition, Stella Gallery, Brisbane
2009 Churchie National Emerging Art Award, Brisbane
Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery
2008 Swell Sculpture Festival, Currumbin Beach, Gold Coast (Finalist)
2007 Aspects Art Show, Goondiwindi
2006 Theiss Art of Philanthropy, Art Gallery of Queensland, Brisbane
2005 Aspects Art Show, Goondiwindi
Public Sculpture Commission- Goondiwindi Botanical Gardens

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2013 ‘Emergency Ward’, Edward Colless, Art Monthly Australia , March, p23
‘Interview’, Linsey Rendell, The Weekend Edition , Feb 20, theweekendedition.com.au/the-interviews/jonathan-crowther
‘Snapshot’, Stephanie Bennet, Brisbane News, Feb 20, p 3 2010
‘Artist goes with flow’, Ronnie Girdham, The Sunday Mail, Sept 19, p 16 2009
‘Award Winners’, Courtney Kidd, The Australian Art Collector. July, p 205
‘National’, Louise Tegart, Art Monthly Australia, July, p52
2004
‘Back home is where his art is’, Cameron Atfeild, The Courier Mail, Dec 18, p16