John Lendis

John  Lendis


John Lendis grew up in Nottingham and completed a diploma in textile design at the Nottingham College of Art and Design before leaving England to travel; he landed and settled in Australia two years later. In the early 1980s, he moved from Sydney to Tasmania, where he went on to complete a BFA (Hons) and Master of Fine Arts (painting) at the University of Tasmania’s School of Art.

Lendis combines figurative and loaded symbols, such as a fox, angels or Defender series Land Rovers, with visions of the landscape in which he lives. The symbols come from his own past and life experience and he fuses them into the places in which he now lives and works. It is often a landscape shared with the Pre-Raphaelites before him and there is more than a hint of their influence in his artwork.



2006 Master of Fine Arts, School of Art – Hobart, University of Tasmania
1996 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours),  School of Art-Hobart, University of Tasmania
1995 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), School of Art-Hobart, University of Tasmania

Solo Exhibitions 
2013 Brook Celia Lendis Contemporary Moreton in Marsh UK 
2012 Water and Dreams Handmark gallery Hobart Australia
2012 October Celia Lendis Contemporary UK
2011 Snow Handmark Gallery Evandale Australia
2011 Liminal Celia Lendis Contemporary UK
2010 New Worlds Celia Lendis Contemporary  UK
2010 The view from Kelmscott Brantwood Gallery Cumbria UK
2010  The Last Days of Wilderness Handmark Gallery, Hobart Australia
2009 Invisible Cities Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney Australia
2009 Voyages of desire Handmark Gallery, Hobart Australia
2007  Profane Illuminations Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne Australia
2007 Lady Jane and The Sleep of Reason Ancanthe Museum, Hobart Tasmania Australia
2007 The Mapmakers Dream, Fisher Galleries, Auckland, New Zealand
2006 Ocean Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney Australia
2006 St Sebastian and the Wounded Forest MFA exhibition, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart Australia
2006 St Sebastian and the Wounded Forest Fisher Galleries, Auckland, New Zealand, touring to Wellington and Christchurch
2005 Sarah and Jane The Salamanca Collection, Hobart
2005 Telling tales of Lady Jane Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2004 Dreaming of The River Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2004 The River, The Salamanca Collection , Hobart
2003 Silent Spaces Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2002 South Wind Autore Gallery, Melbourne
2002 Traffic Bett Gallery, Hobart
2001 Trespass Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2000 Searching for the Moon The Salamanca Collection , Hobart
2000 Observing Imagination Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney

Government House, Tasmania
Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University
State Government of Tasmania
Private Collections in Europe, America, Asia and Australia

Selected Group Exhibitions
2007 New Work, Handmark Gallery, Hobart
2005 Solitude, Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania
2005 Novobirisk International Biennial, Novobirisk, Russia
2003 Ten Days on The Island Exhibition, Tasmania
2003 Novobirisk International Biennial, Novobirisk, Russia
2002 Synergy, CSIRO-Bett Gallery, Hobart
2001 Ten Days on the Island Exhibition, Tasmania

Awards and Grants
2008 Artist in Residence, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University, England
2004 National Association for Visual Artists Grant
2004 Arts Tasmania Grant
2002 Australian Postgraduate Research Award (major grant to undertake Masters in Fine Art)
2001 Arts Tasmania Grant (Joint)
2000 National Association for Visual Arts Grant

Selected Reviews and Commentary
2013 Exhibition Feature, Cotswold Preview (May 2013)
2012 Feature article, The Mercury (June 2012)
2010 Review of The Last days of Wilderness, The Mercury (10 March)
2007 ABC Television, Stateline, Review of exhibition ‘Lady Jane and the sleep of Reason’ (June)
2007 Michael Denholm, Review, ‘Saint Sebastian and The Wounded Forest’, Art in Australia, Autumn
2007 Penny Thow, ‘Lady Janes’ Artist’, The Sunday Tasmanian (April)
2006 Dr Roslynn D. Haynes, ‘John Lendis: The Mythic Journey Through Wilderness’, ch. 21 of
‘Picturing Wilderness: Creating the Image,’ Tasmanian Visions: Landscapes in Writing, Art and
Photography, Polymath Press, Tasmania, 2006
2005 Joerg Andersch, Review, The Mercury (November)
2004 Joerg Andersch, Review, The Mercury (30 October)
Kane Young, ‘River Touches Tassie’s Roots’, The Mercury (29 October)
Danielle Wood,’ Here Be Dragons’ 40 Degrees South (December 2004)
Preview, The Sydney Morning Herald (May 04)
Lisa Tonks, Art and Antiques in NSW (April/May 04)
James Kerr, ‘In Touch’, The Mercury, (29 October)
2002 Peter Timms, ‘New Paintings by John Lendis’, The Australian (25 February)
Helen Tyzack, ’ John Lendis: Traffic’, Eyeline Magazine (Autumn)

Associated Exhibitions

Movement || Group Show of Figurative Artworks
Manyung Gallery Flinders
31 March - 13 April, 2018
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Sea, Sky, and Space
A Group Exhibition
13 January - 24 January, 2018
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Tax Deductible Art for Small Business
Manyung Gallery Malvern
1 June - 30 June, 2017
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John Lendis
Manyung Gallery Grande
30 December, 2016 - 12 January, 2017
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Manyung Gallery Malvern
12 July - 31 July, 2016
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New Interiors Exhibition
Manyung Gallery Malvern
7 November - 29 November, 2015
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