Williamson, Jan



Jan Williamson is a professional artist who specializes in portraiture and figurative work, with Australian and International commissions. As one of Australia’s premier artists, Jan’s work portrays people and intimate studies of children playing on the beach, or engrossed in their own world, oblivious to the influences around them.

Her portraits have been selected as finalists in all the major Australian Exhibitions. A finalist many times in the Archibald, Salon de Refuses, Moran, Shirley Hannan and Portia Geach Portrait Awards, and winning both the Archibald Packer’s Prize and Peoples’ Choice twice.

Jan has travelled to the Northern Territory to paint the senior indigenous artists and children from Utopia. She is a foundation member of Portrait Artists Australia.

WEBSITE – www.janwilliamson.com.au


2009 –  finalist the Portia Geach Memorial Award
2009 – finalist The Archibald Portrait prize
2008 – finalist  the Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize.
2003 – finalist The Archibald Portrait Prize
2002 – finalist The Archibald Portrait Prize



2003- The People’s Choice Award, Archibald Prize.
2003 – The Archibald Packers Prize
2002 – The Archibald Packers Prize



Jan Williamson is highly sought after as portrait artist and among her many subjects are :

  • Tom Carroll,  former professional surfer from Sydney.
  • Andrew Farris, rock musician – keyboardist, backing vocalist, and main composer for the Australian band INXS.
  • Dr. Eddie Liu,  OBE, OAM  and the public face of Chinese Australians, the ‘father of Chinatown’.
  • Professor Sally Walker, Sally Walker is a lawyer, Professor Emeritus of both Deakin University and the University of Melbourne.
  • Shane Nicholson, Australian singer-songwriter from Brisbane, Queensland.
  • Rachel Ward, Actor/writer. (Winner the Archibald Packers’ prize)
  •  David Williamson, one of Australia’s leading playwrights
  • Jenny Morris, Singer/songwriter. (Winner the Archibald Packers’ prize and the People’s choice in both Sydney and Melbourne)
  • Nancy Kunoth Petyarr, Senior Indigenous artist from Utopia, NT (Archibald finalist)
  • Tom Carroll, Australian and International surfing champion
  • INXS’s Andrew Farris, Musician/songwriter
  • Wayne Bennett OAM, Australian Rugby League Coach
  • Emeritus Professor Patrick de Burgh OAM
  • Anne Geddes, Photographer
  • Collette Dinnigan, Fashion designer
  • Sue McPerson, Artist and teacher.


Jan Williamson in her studio

Jan Williamson in her studio


4 Responses to Williamson, Jan

  1. Hello. Am just wondering if you ever entered your work in the Dalby Spring Fair. I purchased a beautiful painting called The Potter in the early 80’s and was justy wondering if it yours or someone else with the same name. I await your reply. Thanks Daryl Petzler

  2. Dear Jan,
    Wanting to contact you about your painting of Our Lady of the Southern Cross,
    Sister Susan Pollard

  3. Dear Jan,

    My husband turns 40 on 19th October and I would like to give him two portraits (one of each daughter) for his birthday. Ideally I would like them to be painted in oil on canvas in the old fashioned style that would be seen in an old English stately home.

    I wondered whether you might be able to do this for me and also give a rough estimate of the cost. The portraits would not need to be bigger than 90x60cm. If you are not able to help me would you perhaps be able to recommend someone to me.

    Thank you.

    Kind regards,
    Susan Barnett

    M. 0408. 698213

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