top of page



Born Merrylands, NSW 1935




1955 Graduated Balmain Teachers College, Sydney

1963 Awarded Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney




2018 ‘Fieldworks’, Mossenson Galleries in association with Chapman & Bailey Gallery, Melbourne

          Survey Exhibition, Mossensin Galleries, Subiaco, WA

2016 ‘From Venice’, SPOT81, Sydney

2014 ‘Col Jordan ‘ Arcana’, Mossenson Galleries, Subiaco, WA

2013 ‘ The Guildford Sculptures & Related Paintings’, PeterPinson Gallery at Danks,                     Sydney

         ‘Col Jordan - Arcana’, Mossenson Galleries, Subiaco, WA

2011 ‘Edge and Paradox’, Peter Pinson Gallery, Woollahra, Sydney

         ‘Col Jordan - An Active Edge’, A Retrospective Exhibition, Wollongong City Gallery,

          Wollongong, NSW

          ‘A Play on White’, Mossenson Galleries, Subiaco, WA

2010 ‘A Play on White’, Mossenson Galleries, Melbourne, Vic

2009 ‘Numbers and Other Spaces, Mossenson Galleries, Subiaco, WA                                                      

         ‘Numbers and Other Spaces, Peter Pinson Gallery, Woollahra, NSW

2008 ‘Double Vision’, Mossenson Galleries, Subiaco, WA

2007 ‘Circling Back’, A Retrospective, Mossenson Galleries, Melbourne, Vic

2006 Harrison Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2003 New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, NSW

1999 ‘Crossing Borders’, Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW

1997 College of Fine Arts Gallery, UNSW, Sydney, NSW

1996 Solander Gallery, Canberra, ACT

1995 ‘Edge and Paradox - A Retrospective 1965 - 1995’, Lewers Bequest and Penrith City          Art Gallery, Penrith, NSW

         Olsen Carr Gallery, Sydney, NSW

         235 Nelson Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1994 ‘Edge and Paradox - The Art of Col Jordan 1965 - 1993’, Bathurst City Art Gallery,


1990 Bloomfield Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1988 Holdsworth Contemporary Galleries, Sydney, NSW

1986 Holdsworth Contemporary Galleries, Sydney, NSW

1984 Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1982 Quentin Gallery, Perth, WA

1981 Stanfield Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

1980 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, NSW

1979 Stairs Gallery, Wollongong, NSW

         Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, NSW

1978 Warehouse Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

1977 Warehouse Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

1976 Solander Galleries, ACT

1975 Bonython Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1974 Macquarie Gallery, Canberra, ACT

1973 Bonython Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1972 Bonython Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1971 Tolarno Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

1970 Wollongong University, Wollongong, NSW

1969 Bonython Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1967 Strines Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

         Watters Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1966 Watters Gallery, Sydney, NSW




Contemporary Art Society Exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth 

and Brisbane


2019 Michelle Perry Fine Arts @ 109, Sydney, NSW

2018 ‘The Field Revisited’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic

          ‘The Calleen Art Award’, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Cowra, NSW

          ‘Abstraction’, Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

2017 ‘Sweeney and Strines’, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Vic

          Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Mossenson Galleries, Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW

2015 ‘Popism’, Peter Pinson Gallery @ SPOT81, Sydney, NSW

          ‘..And the Piano has been Drinking’, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland, NSW

2014 Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Vic

2013 ‘Speculative Spaces’, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, NSW

          Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Noosa Regional Galleries, Qld

2012 Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Vic

         ‘The Abstract Canvas’, Wilson Street Gallery at Danks, Sydney, NSW

2011 Col Jordan & Ken Reinhard, Peter Pinson Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2010 Stanthorpe Regional Gallery Art Prize, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Qld

         City of Albany Prize, City of Albany Art Gallery, Alabany, WA

2009 Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Qld

         ‘Reductive’, A.C.G.A. Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

         ‘After the Field’, Peter Pinson Gallery, Sydney, NSW

         ‘Modern Colourists’, Peter Pinson Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2008 Col Jordan, Peter Pinson & Emanuel Raft, Mossenson Galleries, Melbourne, Vic

         The Alice Prize, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT

2007 ‘Poets Paint Worlds’, Newcastle City Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW

2002 ‘Master Class’, Cube Gallery (Stella Downer Fine Art), Adelaide, SA

          ‘Pushing Abstraction’, Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney, NSW

1998 ‘Silver: 25the Anniversary exhibition’, College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Sydney, NSW

         ‘The Niland Collection’, Lewers bequest and Penrith City Art Gallery, penrith, NSW

1993 ‘Vitue’, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1992 ‘Manu et Mente’, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

1986 ‘Pure Abstraction’, Painters Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1984 ‘Works in Progress’, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1983 ‘Selections’, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1979 Wollongong City Art Gallery, Wollongong, NSW

1976 Western Australia Institute of Technology, Perth, WA

1973 ‘Young Australian Painters’, Auckland, New Zealand

         Mildura Sculpture Triennial, Mildura Regional Gallery, Mildura, Vic

1971 ‘Australian Art’, Papua New Guinea

1970  ‘Miniaturen 70 Interntional, France & West Germany

          Mildura Sculpture Triennial, Mildura Regional Gallery, Mildura, Vic

         ‘The Field’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

1969 ‘The Field’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic

          ‘Young Painters Biennale’, Tokyo, Japan

1968 Transfield prize, Bonython Gallery, Sydney, NSW

         ‘Form in Action;, New Zealand

1967 ‘Contemprary Art Society - Australian Painting’, Los Angeles and San Francisco, USA

          Mildura Sculpture Triennial, Mildura Regional Gallery, Mildura, Vic

         Transfield Prize, Bonython Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1966 Survey Exhibitions, Sydney NSW and Melbourne Vic




2010 Cossack Art Award

1973 Wollongong Art Purchase Prize

1971 Flotto Lauro Travelling Art Scholarship

         Gold Coast Purchase Prize

1970 TAA ‘Australian’ Prize

1969 RAS Prize

1968 Muswellbrook Prize

         Maitland Prize

1965 Wollongong Prize




Public Collections - National Art Gallery of Australia; Art Gallery of New South Wales; National Gallery of Victoria; Queensland Art Gallery; Ballarat Art Gallery; Bathurst Regional Gallery; Broken Hill City Art Gallery; Lewers Bequest and Penrith City Art Gallery; Muswellbrook Art Gallery; New England Regional Art Museum; Newcastle City Art Gallery; Tarrawarra Museum of Art; Wollongong City Art Gallery; University Collections - University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, Macquarie University, University of Western Australia, University of Canberra, University of Technology Sydney, Western Australian Institute of Technology, University of Wollongong, Curtin University, Murdoch University; Corporate Collections - Commonwealth Bank; IBM; Westpac Bank; BHP; Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art




Pinson, Peter 

"Col Jordan-Edge and Paradox", Sydney, 10group, 2010.

Beare, Michael 

"Col Jordan -An Active Edge", Wollongong, Wollongong City Gallery, 2011

Rumley , Katrina ,’Fifty Plus- Half a century of collecting at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre’

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, 2008.

Hagger, David,’Reductive’, David Hagger, Melbourne, 2009.

Lawson, Amanda, ‘A Place for Art- the University of Wollongong Art Collection’, University of Wollongong Press, 2012.

Davis, Rhonda, Hargraves, Kate & Janizewski, Leonard, ‘Sixties Explosion’, Macquarie University Gallery, 2012.

Davis, Emily & Prunetti, Laetitia, ’Melbourne Art Fair 2012’, The Melbourne Art Foundation.

Small, Alison, ‘Art and artists of Australia’, South Melbourne, Macmillan 1981.

Germaine, Max, ‘Artists and galleries of Australia’, Boollarong, 1984.

Horton Mervyn (ed),  ‘Australian painters of the seventies’, Sydney, Ure Smith 1975.

Luck, R.K., ‘A guide to modern Australian Painting’, Melbourne, Sun Books 1969.

Scarlet, Kenneth, ‘Australian sculptors’, West Melbourne, Thomas Nelson 1980.

McCulloch, Alan, ‘Encyclopedia of Australian Art, 2nd edition’, Sydney, Angus & Robertson 1984.

Bonython, Kim (ed), ‘Modern Australian Painting - 1950 to 1975’, Adelaide 1975.

Bonython, Kim (ed), ‘Modern Australian Painting - 1975 -1980’, Adelaide, 1980

Gleeson, James, ‘Modern painters 1931 to 1970’, Sydney, Lansdowne Press 1971.

Horton, Mervyn, ‘Present day art in Australia’, Sydney, Ure Smith 1969.

Pinson, Peter, ‘Weaving a paradox, Sydney’, Macquarie Galleries 1980.

Drury, Neville (ed), ‘New art seven, profiles in contempo’

bottom of page