Jamin (b. 1976, Sydney) is a Tasmanian based artist who has been making and exhibiting work on and off the street since 2004 . He is known for his contemporary approaches to visual art, harnessing and combining a variety of painting styles (especially aerosol, stencil and graffiti) with other methodologies and experimental approaches to develop works that are innovative and immediate. Coming from bold and politically charged protest art, Jamin’s work continues to push a hyper-saturated palette against hard black lines, as he maintains a dynamic engagement with the flow of new and sometimes radical ideas, drawing from Zen, Deleuze, Science and Music.
Jamin was creative associate and visual curator of MONA’s renowned Faux Mo (MONA FOMA) night club for three years alongside Aedan Howlett & Dameza, where the Odeon Theatre and surrounding precinct as well as 12 Murray St were transformed into large scale artistic wonderlands. Each project involved more than 20 visual artists and were months in production and development.
2018 selected for the Biennale of Australian Art (BoAA) in Ballarat
2018 selected for Mural production at FIFA World Cup, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.
2015-2017 curator / visual director Faux Mo (MONA FOMA), Hobart.
2012 finalist in the Glover Prize.
2011 awarded the Rosamond McCulloch Studio Residency, Paris..
2008 selected for Contemporary Australia: Optimism, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Brisbane.
2007 awarded the Devonport Regional Gallery Solo Commission, Devonport.
Jamin is a PhD candidate at the School of Creative Arts (UTAS), where his thesis explores connections between masks, camouflage and assemblage theory. He tutored and lectured at the school in a range of disciplines from 2006-2012.
From 2005-2011 Jamin was represented by the now defunct yet well remembered Criterion Gallery.
Jamin's work is held in a number of public and private collections including the the Australian War Memorial and the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
2019 - Floating Point, Flinder’s Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2017 - Black Prism, Despard Gallery, Hobart
2013 - One Thing Begets Another, Despard Gallery, Hobart
2011 – Shields Against the Enemy, Criterion Gallery, Hobart
2008 – INERTIA / FORCE / CHANGE / INERTIA, Criterion Gallery, Hobart
2007 – First We Take Paris, Then We Take the World, Solo Commission Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport
2007 – Tasmania: Explore the Possibilities, INFLIGHT Gallery, Hobart
2006 – Common Ground (Folie á Trois), BUS Gallery, Melbourne
2005 – A.K.A. (Every One's a Suspect), Criterion Gallery @ Amulet Restaurant, Hobart
2018 – Vibrance Festival, Mural Production, Hobart
2018 – Piecing It Together,Council of the Aged, North Hobart Workshop & Mural
2015/17 – FAUX MO (MONA FOMA), Creative Director / Curator of Visual Environment
2016 – Dark Park Graffiti Wall, Dark MOFO
2016 – Peacock Theatre, Visual Re-Design and Production of Foyer Space, Salamanca Arts Centre
2016 – Fractangular, Visual Co-Production Main Stage Co-Production
2015 – Party In The Lane (Moo Brew), Live Artwork Production (with Aedan Howlett)
2014 – FRANK, Artwork (Painting), Hobart
2014 – MONA ROMA 0 (MR0), Interior & Exterior Artwork Production for 2nd MONA Ferry
2013 – MONA Paella Stand Artwork Production for MONA Exec Chef Vince Trim
2013 – MONA ROMA 1 (MR1), Interior & Exterior Artwork Production for MONA Ferry, with Tom O'Herne and Rob O'Connor
2015/17 – MONA FOMA, Curator of Visual Environment, Faux Mo
2009 – Auto-Graphic, INFLIGHT Gallery, (Co-curated with Scot Cotterell), Hobart
2007 – Edition Addiction Vol #1, Jimmy’s Skate & Street
2006 – Sex & the City, BUS Gallery (Co-curated with Scot Cotterell), Melbourne
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 – FIFA Street Art / Mural Festival, Moscow, Russia
2018 – BOAA (Biennale of Australian Art), Curated by Julie Collins, Ballarat, Victoria
2018 – Partnershipping, Curated by Patricia Hoffie, Burnie Regional Arts Gallery
2018 – BTFS, Curated by Anne Mestitz, CAT Gallery
2017 – Islands: A Speculation, (with Nicolas Mole & Grace Williams) TDOTI, Curated by Jane Deeth, QVMAG, Launceston
2015 – Growth, Change, Influence, Curated by Damien Quilliam, QVMAG Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston
2015 – Your Kid Can’t Do This: International Stencil Art, Curated by Luke Cornish aka E.L.K., Ambush Gallery, Sydney
2015 – STAND BACK, Curated by Josie Hurst, Moonah Arts Centre
2015 – Abstraction, Despard Gallery, Hobart
2014 – ORDER / DISORDER, Verge Gallery, Sydney
2014 – Make Your Mark, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
2014 - Abstraction, Despard Gallery
2013 – Investigations, Plimsoll Gallery
2013 – I WANT CHANGE, curated by Michael Brennan, LUMA (La Trobe University Museum of Art)
2012 – InFLUX, curated by Tracey Cockburn, Rosny Barn
2011 – Dimanche Rouge #11, Batofar, Paris
2011 – Street Kube, Kube Hotel, Paris
2011 – Group Action 7, Criterion Gallery, Hobart
2010 – Next Show, Melville Street Warehouse, Hobart
2010 – The Oyster's Locale, ArtsAlive, Launceston (Curated by Fernando do Campo)
2010 – May's Touring Exhibition, Bathurst Regional Gallery, Bathurst
2010 – Spray Drip Stroke, Poimena Gallery, Launceston (Curated by Ben Miller)
2010 – Let's Make the Water Turn Black, INFLIGHT Gallery, Hobart (Curated by Mat Ward)
2010 – Group Action 6, Criterion Gallery HOBART
2010 – Prosopography, Academy Gallery, Launceston
2010 – Group Action 5, Criterion Gallery, Hobart
2009 – Poppers, Front Gallery, Newcastle (Curated by Tom Kearny)
2009 – Darwin Centenary, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart
2009 – May's Lane Street Art Retrospective, Carriage Works, Sydney
2009 – Portrait Show, Famous When Dead Gallery, Melbourne
2009 – Your Kid Can't Do This, ACT Legislative Assembly Gallery, Canberra
2008 – Contemporary Australia: Optimism, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
2008 – Unsustainable Weight of Place, Watch This Space, Alice Springs
2008 – Some Dayz, Michael Koro Gallery, Melbourne (Curated by Adrian Doyle)
2008 – Lucha Libre!, INFLIGHT Gallery, Hobart (Curated by Victor Medrano)
2007 – Urban Skins, Pinnacles Gallery, Thurngowa, Queensland
2007 – Urban Art Agenda #1 (with Die Laughing Collective), Shed 4, Docklands, Melbourne.
2007 – INFLIGHT, Firstdraft ARI, Sydney; ArtsAlive, Launceston; INFLIGHT, Hobart.
2007 – Stencil Festival 2007, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Sale, Ballarat.
2007 – E.G., Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart (curated be Briony Nainby)
2007 – Sea Change, Kill Difference, Red Wall Gallery, Hobart (curated by Tim Panaretos)
2007 – Selected Cuts, Higher Ground, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide
2006 – ...text me, Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport (curated by Ellie Ray)
2006 – 2006 Melbourne / Sydney Stencil Festival, Melbourne & Sydney
2006 – May’s Retrospective Exhibition (with Die Laughing Collective), Building 1 Factory 1, Sydney
2006 – Hatched ‘06, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Perth
2006 – A Place in the World - Visual Art Prize, ACU and University of Adelaide, Adelaide
2006 – Sticker Fix, Sabotage Gallery, Hobart
2005 – Artmart, Urban Café / Sabotage, Hobart
2005 – Criminal Intent (with Die Laughing Collective), HO Gallery, Melbourne
2005 – Melbourne Stencil Festival (with Die Laughing Collective), Meat Markets, Melbourne
Grants, Awards & Commissions
2017 – Art Site, Elizabeth College
2016 – Art Site, Hobart College (with Jacob Leary)
2013 – Tasmanian Graduate Research Scholarship
2012 – 2012 Glover Prize, Finalist
2011 – Rosamund McCulloch Studio Residency, Paris
2007 – Devonport Regional Gallery Solo Commission 2007
2006 – Australian Post Graduate Award Scholarship
Solo Exhibitions with Die laughing Collective (Jamin, Paicey & Empire)
2009 – May's, May Lane, Sydney
2008 – Heavy Weight, Blender Studio Wall, Melbourne
2006 – May’s, May Lane, Sydney
2006 – The Rat Palace, Entrepot Gallery, Hobart
2005 – Die Laughing, Earlyspace Gallery, Melbourne
2004 – Dissent Disrupt Desert, Entrepot Gallery, Hobart
2018 Biennale of Australian Art (it takes a Village), Julie Collins, Ballarat NSW
2015 Stand Back : Exhibition Catalogue, Josie Hurst, Glenorchy : City of Glenorchy, ISBN 9780994277305
2013 I want change : two decades of artistic defiance, disapproval and dissent, Michael Brennan, Melbourne : La Trobe University Museum of Art, ISBN 9781921915253
2013 In the Vineyard of Art: The Story of Art and Tasmania, A History, Vol 2, Michael Denholm, Lenah Valley, Tas. : Carlton St Press, ISBN 9780975168424(v. 2)
2010 May's : the May Lane Street Art Project, Tugomir Balog, Bathurst, N.S.W. : Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, ISBN 9780947301828
2009 MAY'S at Carriageworks2009 /[Tugomir Balog, Wendy Murray, editors], St. Peters N.S.W. : MAY'S, ISBN 9780980628005
2008 Developing a visual language that engages with contemporary dissent and critical, Benjamin David Kluss (a.k.a. Jamin),thesis, University of Tasmania, ID 51911533
2008 Contemporary Australia : optimism, contributing authors, John Birmingham ... [et al.], South Brisbane, Qld. : Queensland Art Gallery, ISBN 9781876509576
2007 First we take Paris, then we take the world, Jamin, Devonport, Tas. : Devonport Regional Gallery, ISBN 9780977591367
2007 Uncommissioned art : an A-Z of Australian graffiti, Christine Dew, Carlton, Vic. : The Miegunyah Press, ISBN 9780522853759
2006 Hatched '06 : national graduate show, Hannah Matthews (ed), Perth, W.A. : Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, ISBN 1875386653
2005 Stencil graffiti capital : Melbourne, Jake Smallman &Carl Nyman, West New York, NJ : Mark Batty, ISBN 9780976224532