Lander, Janis



Janis was President of PAA 2008-2014.

Janis was President of PAA 2008-2014.

Janis Lander is an artist, lecturer and author. She is represented in private collections in Australia and overseas, including Germany, France and U.S.A. She has held solo and group shows since 1989. She works in oils, and also in pastels, and she has produced a body of work in printmaking using intaglio etching and other methods.

Portraits in oils or in pastels: Janis makes a series of pastel and charcoal studies on paper during two or three sittings, on  which she bases an oil painting later in the studio. The works on paper may be commissioned as completed pastel paintings.



Janis teaches a sessional lecture series at CCE Sydney University titled “Art and Philosophy of the Spirit”.  In 2020 Atropos Press (Dresden/New York) published her book based on this lecture series.

In 2012 Janis completed a doctoral thesis at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, researching art and spiritual systems. A book titled  “Spiritual Art And Art Education” was published in 2014 as part of the  US Routledge Series Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies 

Since 1998 Janis  has taught Vision/Art Workshops which make use of a strategic combination of meditation and art. For bookings and information see her website.

Other – Janis also works as an editor of academic papers and theses, and art papers.  She was contributing editor for The College Voice, an online arts journal for Arc at the University of New South Wales 2003-2012. She was the editor of the PAA publication “The Artists’ Book” (2012) .



Trent Marden with Janis Lander at the opening of Portia Geach Award 2014

Trent Marden with Janis Lander,  and her portrait  of Trent  – at the opening of Portia Geach Memorial Award 2014



  • Janis has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions in Australia and internationally since 1989, with oil paintings, works on paper, and intaglio etching. The full list of exhibitions is on her website.
  • Janis’ work has been selected as a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award; the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize;  The Archibald Salon de RefusesThe Broken Hill Outback Art Prize; the Plein Air Parliamentary Prize, NSW Parliament House; The Black Swan Portrait Prize, WA.



2006 – “Time Out”, Aquarelle Gallery, Crows Nest, Sydney.

1995 – “Life Studies”, Eaglehawk Gallery, York St, Sydney

1992 – “Tree Pieces”, The Wall Gallery, Paddington, Sydney.

1991 – “Conversation Among The Gods”, Opera Walk, The Rocks, Sydney.


The Prince of Wales Hospital

Nelson Meers Collection

Kincoppal Rose Bay Library

Westmead Childrens Hospital



PhD, College of Fine Arts, School of Art Education, UNSW, 2012

Master of Art & Design Education, College of Fine Arts, UNSW, 2002

Diploma of Painting, Julian Ashton Art School. 1990

Bachelor of Arts, Sydney University, 1973

Certificate IV in Assessment and Training –  2000

Certificate IV in Small Business Management – 1999



The Book Team - designers and editors - L-R Sally Robinson, Kathrin Longhurst, Janis Lander, Stephanie Brown.

The Book Team – ‘The Artists’ Book’ published by PAA in 2012 –  designers and editor – L-R Sally Robinson, Kathrin Longhurst, Janis Lander, Stephanie Brown.




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