Jason Roberts grew up in the Yarra Valley, an hour east of Melbourne, Australia, and at the age of 18 was painting for a living as an on-site artist at World Expo 88 in Brisbane. Three years later he launched his international career with a move to the United Kingdom, where he set up a studio  first in Wimbledon, an then in Surrey on the estate of an early patron. 

In 1991  Jason moved from to the United States, and in ten years he became a prominent artist in the wildlife art scene. Largely based in Seattle, Jason travelled the country exhibiting his sensitive, highly detailed depictions of birds of prey, bears, waterfowl and more. He was named an 'Artist to Watch ' in  the March 1993 USArt Magazine, and was profiled in American Artist's 'Watercolor' magazine in 1999. In this decade Jason was also accepted into the prestigious Birds in Art show in Wausau, Wisconsin, and was the youngest painter asked to show in the New York exhibition 'Natural History; Contemporary Wildlife Artists of America'  held at the fabled Spanierman Gallery in 1996.

In 2001 Jason returned to Australia, and at this time his work began to incorporate subjects from his travels, including architecture and landscape. For three years he established a studio on remote King Island, Tasmania, and further widened his gaze to maritime art, painting the ships and boats in the harbour behind his studio.  

It was here, on an island famed for its dairy and beef cattle, that Jason began painting livestock and farming  buildings and landscapes, and this rural theme has grown in prominence in Jason's work.

 

 

2020

Events postponed due to COVID 19 restrictions;

Guest Artist, Redgum Festival, Cavendish 

Amalthia Project  Exhibition in Athens, Greece

Guest Artist, Casterton Kelpie Muster 

 

 

Artist History

2019

Resident Artist, Royal Easter Show, Sydney

Guest Artist, VRC, Flemington Race Course 

Commissioned by Historical Society of King Island to paint works for 250th anniversary of wreck of the Cataraqui 

Resident Artist, Royal Melbourne Show

Official Artist, Oaklands Hound Show

2018

Three months painting in Greece for Amalthia project

Resident Artist Royal Melbourne Show

Finalist, ANL Maritime Art Prize

Resident Artist, Royal Geelong Show

2017

Six months painting in Greece for Amalthia project

Guest Art Tutor, Ithaca, Greece

Artist in Residence on Chios, Greece; Mastic Gum Growers Association 

Solo exhibition, 'Odyssey - Recent Greek Paintings', Portside Gallery, King Island

Studio exhibition, Nicholas Building, Melbourne. 'Recent Greek Sketches', with jeweller Vikki Kassioras

2016

Winner; best in show, Hamilton North Art Show
Winner; best traditional artwork under $2,500, Camberwell Art Show
Winner; best watercolour, Hobson's Bay Art Show
Dual Exhibition with Katherine Cooper - Feather and Sail, Portside Gallery, King Island, Tasmania

Finalist; ANL Maritime Art Prize
Resident artist, Royal Easter Show, Sydney
Resident artist, Royal Melbourne Show

 

2015

Finalist NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize
Resident Artist, Royal MelbourneShow, Royal Easter Show Winner, People's Choice Award, Bayside Art Show.

2014

Winner Best in Show, Hobson's Bay Art Show

Winner, Casterton Kelpie(working dog) Art Show

Resident Artist, Royal MelbourneShow

2013

Resident Artist, Royal Easter Show, Sydney and Royal Melbourne Show, Melbourne

Winner Inglis Equestrian Art Prize

2012
Solo Exhibition, Sport of Kings, Collins Street gallery, Melbourne

Resident Artist, Royal Easter Show, Sydney.

2011

Solo exhibition, Town & Country, Collins Street Gallery, Melbourne.

Resident Artist, Royal Melbourne Show
Solo exhibition,Scenes From the Cobra's Hood, Rajasthan, India.

Resident Artist, Royal Easter Show, Sydney.

2010

Solo Exhibition, The Last View, Collins Street Gallery, Melbourne.
Travels to India for ‘resident artist’ positions with HH The Maharajah of Jodphur and Orange County Lodge on the Kabini River, Karnataka.
Losing our marvels - article in The Age
Commission by Macquaire Bank, Historic buildings of Brisbane.
Commissioned by Royal Agricultural Society of NSW to paint Grand Supreme Merino, Royal Easter Show.

2009
Solo exhibition, Going In, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide.

"Best Representation of Victorian Maritime History", The ANL Maritime Art Prize

2008

Exhibits with Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Mall Galleries, London

Solo exhibition, The Conscious Stone II, The Collins Street Gallery, Melbourne.

2007

Moves to London
Recieves major commission of 35 paintings from His Royal Highness, The Sultan of Oman.

Travels to Oman, The Arabian Penninsula.
Finalist, Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, London
Solo exhibition, "Breakers Ahead!", Nautilus Gallery, King Island, Tasmania

2006

"Port Fairy Scenes", solo exhibition, "Rockleigh", Historic manor, Port Fairy, Victoria.
"A Curious Eye", solo exhibition, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, Australia.
"Best Australian Wildlife Painting", Camberwell Art Show, Australia.
Featured Resident Artist at "Bird Week", Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island, Queensland,

Australia.

2005

Solo Exhibition of Architectural studies, The Conscious Stone, The Collins Street Gallery,

Melbourne.
Solo Exhibition, Gondwana, Galerie Konoha, Tokyo, Japan.

2004

"Painting the Corner", co-curator and participant in Trust For Nature(TFN) Exhibition.

Artist in Residence, Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania, Australia.

2003

Runner-up, Works on Paper, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, Museum of South Australia

Artist in Residence, Gagudju Resort, Kakadu National Park, Australia, , Yulara Resort, Central Australia.

2002

Wins "Best in Show", R.S.P.C.A. Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia, with "Brahmaputra".

2000

South-Eastern Wildlife Art Exposition, Charleston, South Carolina.

Featured in American Artist "Watercolour" magazine, "Detailing Wildlife".

1999

South-Eastern Wildlife Art Exposition, Charleston, South Carolina.

Asked to participate in Christies' Wildlife Art Auction, London.

1998

South-Eastern Wildlife Art Exposition, Charleston, South Carolina.
Accepted into "Birds in Art", Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin.

"Natural Habitat; Contemporary Wildlife Artists of North America", Spanierman Gallery, New York City

1997

Named "Artist to Watch", USArt Magazine.
Participates in Bonhams' Wildlife Art Auction,

Singapore. "X-ers in Art", article USArt Magazine.

1996

Minneapolis Wildlife and Western Art Expo.
Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Expo, Seattle, Washington.
"Wonders of Nature" Exhibition, Monidale Fine Arts, Hong Kong

1995

American debut at the Northern Wildlife Art Expo, Lansing, Michigan.

Minneapolis Wildlife and Western

Art Expo.
Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Expo, Tacoma, Washington.
Named "Best Newcomer", USArt Magazine.

1994

Lives and exhibits in London (Medici Gallery, Mayfair)

1990

Runner-up, R.S.P.C.A. Annual Art Show, Melbourne.
"Best Work Depicting Exotic Wildlife", WASA Annual Exhibition

1988

Resident artist, World Expo 88', Brisbane 

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