Jan Cleveringa is a contemporary, multidisciplinary artist exploring impacts of global cultural change, attitudes and identity resulting in painting, sculpture, video and other forms and materials within a wide experimental arts making practice.
Born and based in Sydney, he graduated with a B. Arts majoring in Psychology, University of Sydney and a Masters of Management, University of Technology, Sydney. He also studied painting at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
He received a grant for new experimental work in 2016 from the Leo Kelly Blacktown Creative Arts Fund for his project named ‘Evolve’ about misusing phone apps to inspire new painting regarding global cultural change, the mobile phone and identity. In addition, he has also been awarded several community and public art project commissions since starting his practice in 2013.
Cleveringa’s studio residencies include the Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre, NSW in 2013, 2015 and 2016: The Peacock Gallery, Cumberland, NSW, 2017 and this year 2019 at the BigCi, Bilpin, NSW and also Gunyah, North Arm Cove, NSW.
In 2018, he was selected as part of the Galeria-Zero Arts Collective and had group exhibitions in Barcelona, Paris, Berlin and Paris.
He has been a consistent finalist in Sydney respected art prizes such as the Mosman Art Prize (2010, 2011, 2017), Blacktown Art Prize (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017) and Campbelltown Art Prize (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018).
Furthermore, he was a finalist in the Chippendale New World Art Prize, NSW, (2016), the Hidden Sculpture Prize, Rookwood Cemetery, NSW (2016) and the Scenic Sculpture Prize, NSW (2017, 2018, 2019) as well as the SWELL Sculpture Prize, Currumbin, Queensland (2017) and the Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize (2018).
In 2018, Cleveringa had his first solo show at Sheffer Gallery, Darlington, NSW, which included painting, sculpture, video art and installation artwork. His work centered around both global and personal concerns about cultural formation and identity particularly about technology such as the mobile phone and the psycho-social landscape, discarded materials by business and issues around sustainability.