James Makin Gallery is proud to present a major solo exhibition of new, recent and select major landscape paintings by leading senior Australian artist Jeff Makin at the 2014 Art14London Contemporary Art Fair. Makin who has previously exhibited with great success in London, is returning to present a series of paintings based upon a number of the more ʻiconicʼ landscapes in Australia.
For over fifty years, Jeff Makin has been painting along a track initially explored by Colonial artists John Glover and Eugene von Guerard; Australian Impressionists Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts, and Modernists Fred Williams and John Olsen. In the eyes of many he is now considered to be, if not our best, one of our best living landscapists along with John Olsen. Back in the seventies Makin and Williams often painted together. Stylistically they were so close more than one critic quipped they were, “painting in each others palette”. Since Williamsʼ departure in 1982 Makin has trodden an independent singular path, occasionally joined on field trips by his ʻbrother of the brushʼ, John Olsen. This was astutely noted by the distinguished art critic Elwyn Lynn in the Australian newspaper (April 4-5 1992 p.13): “Makin puts influences to his own uses; he is not captivated by them and has left the incursions of Fred Williams so far behind that it should be asked whether he is not now Williamsʼ equal”.
When Makin last exhibited in London, during the Britain –Australia Bicentennial year, with a solo show based on the Flinders Ranges, at the Bernard Jacobson Gallery, the influential art critic Mary Rose Beaumont (Arts Review 29th January 1988) drew comparisons between Makin and the legendary English painter, David Bomberg. Praise indeed. And that same exhibition was featured on the front cover with an interview by Dr. Peter Hill in ALBA, the major Scottish international art magazine.
Much has happened in Makinʼs career since 1988: Now having held over seventy solo exhibitions; two mid-career surveys; numerous prizes and commissions; field trips all over
Australia and a monograph published by Macmillan Art Publishing (2002). Makin has also written extensively on Australian art. His most recent volume entitled Critical Moments (Macmillan 2011) comprises essays, reviews, writings on issues, artists, exhibitions, landscape, printmaking and drawing. Makin has just been selected as a finalist in the 2014 John Glover Art Prize for landscape painting.