the 1960s Col Jordan was one of a small group of young artists who
introduced hard edge optical painting to Australia. He was born
in Sydney in 1935 and educated at Homebush Boys High School, Balmain
Teachers College and the University of Sydney. Since 1966 he has
had thirty solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra including
retrospective exhibitions at the Bathurst City Art Gallery and the
Lewers Bequest Gallery He has won a number of awards including the
Flotta Lauro Traveling Art Scholarship. His participation in major
group exhibitions includes "Engine" in 1967, "The
Field" in 1968, "Abstraction Now-The Australians"
in 1986, "Virtue"in 1993 and "Silver-25th Anniversary
Exhibition" in 1999. His work is represented in major public
and corporate collections including those of B.H.P., I.B.M., the
Commonwealth Bank, the University of New South Wales, The University
of Sydney, the University of Wollongong, the Art Gallery of New
South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria
and the National Gallery of Australia.
In 1994 Col Jordan retired from his position as professor and associate
dean at the College of Fine Art in The University of New South Wales
and in 1995 was appointed an honorary visiting professor at that
institution. In 1996 the Council of The University of New South
Wales conferred on him the title of emeritus professor.
Born in Merrylands, N.S.W.
1955 Graduated Balmain Teachers College, Sydney.
1963 Graduated Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney