Cameo #11 – Jeff Makin

Jeff Makin is a director of Port Jackson Press and is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading landscape painters and art critics. He holds a Diploma in Painting from the National Art School, Sydney, and a Masters Degree (Research) from Deakin University, Melbourne.  He has exhibited nationally and internationally with over seventy solo exhibitions in a career spanning 50 years.  He is widely published, and is represented in most national, state, regional, private and corporate collections within Australia.

Jeff’s work has long explored the picturesque and the sublime in nature, rooted in a specifically Australian locality. The You Yangs, the Grampians, Mt Buller, Wannon Falls and theYarraValley are all locations that Makin has visited intermittently throughout his career, in search of capturing those intangible qualities that form the essence of the land.

Works in his exhibition at the James Makin Gallery in 2010 featured a mixture of  ‘plein-air’ and studio based works and included over 15 major oil paintings on canvas inspired by locations in Victoria, Tasmania and NSW, and more specifically the stunning goldfields area landscape around his new studio in Chewton, Central Victoria.

Jeff Makin now paints from his studio, a renovated theatre hall and pub, built during the fever of the mid­1850’s gold rush on the (then) richest alluvial gold field in the world. Steeped in history, his studio also saw dancer Lola Montez performing there amidst great scandal and intrigue.


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