Jan Cleveringa, (b. 1969), Sydney, is a first generation Australian born from Dutch parents whom immigrated from The Netherlands.
He has a Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney 1987-1991 (psychology) and attended Sydney College of the Arts 1992-94 undertaking a Bachelor of Visual Arts (painting), University of Sydney.
Onward, 1995-1998, he completed a Masters in Management (community) from the University of Technology Sydney 1995-98 and worked as a Youth Worker, Manager and General Manager in various roles and welfare services and other care businesses.
His arts practice began in 2013 when he was awarded his first Studio Residency by the Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre. Preceding this, he was encouraged in 2010 to venture out of isolation and enter the Blacktown Art Prize. He then decided to enter, concurrently, into both the Blacktown and the Mosman Art Prizes 2010. He became a finalist in both and similarly again in 2011. Immediately after 2010, a new opportunity arose, which was afforded to him by Art Consultants, Marla Guppy and Associates via Landcom Pty. Ltd. who offered a healthy private commission for a public mural artwork at Stanhope Gardens and offered a temporary studio in Prospect NSW. The commission was achieved and the seeds to transform his previous profession into a coveted new arts career began. Since then, he made it a priority to stay local and comprehend and understand the arts industry before venturing further whilst developing his own artistic language.
Since 2013, his studio practice kept growing conceptually, experimentally and strategically. Originally he investigated Australian Identity through semiotic imagery, Australian idioms, text and iconography utilizing stereotypical blue-collar perspectives, power tools, Australian foods and a range of domestic and national issues such as Asylum Seekers and ‘Cultural Cringe’. His initial paintings appeared to be influenced conceptually by authors such as Barthes, Baudrillard, Derrida and Foucault and figuratively by street art, pop art and local Australian artists such as Adam Cullen, Jasper Knight and Quilty.
However, over time and always a conceptual artist, he experimented relentlessly with new forms as part his studio practice and it changed into one that was once focused exclusively on Australian culture, cultural formation and dominant hegemonies to a practice that now looks at paradigms of influence on culture and identity not only in Australia but also globally.
Cleveringa’s achievements include studio residencies such as the Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre, NSW in 2013, 2015 and 2016. He also had a studio residency at Purple Noon Gallery, NSW in 2014 and more recently at the Peacock Gallery, Cumberland, NSW in 2017.
He has been a consistent finalist in the Mosman Art Prize (2010, 2011, 2017), Blacktown Art Prize (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017) and Campbelltown Art Prize (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) where respected judges have chosen his range of work (see CV).
Furthermore, and more recently also venturing into video, sculpture and installation artworks he was a finalist in the Chippendale New World Art Prize (2016) for projection artwork, the Hidden Sculpture Prize, Rookwood Cemetery (2016) for installation artwork and the Scenic Sculpture Prize twice (2017 and 2018) (also coupled with Sculpture Otherwise show 2017, 2018, at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, NSW).
In 2017, in his first venture out of Sydney, he was also a finalist in the SWELL Sculpture Prize, Currumbin, Queensland and in 2018; he is also showing artwork with Galeria-Zero in a group show in Basel 2018.
In 2018, Cleveringa had his first gallery solo show which included painting, sculpture, video art and installation art. His work centered around both global and personal concerns about cultural formation and identity particularly about technology such as the mobile phone, discarded materials by business and issues around sustainability.
Cleveringa continues as a multidisciplinary artist.