David Jolly


Born Melbourne 1972
Lives and works Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Having established a well-crafted artistic technique of painting on the reverse side of glass, David Jolly has achieved much critical acclaim as a talented painter and articulated drawer. His work possesses a richness of colour, paired beautifully with the gloss seductiveness of the glass surface, and presents a compelling encounter between the luminous depth of painterly space and the mirror-like surfaces of screen culture. Jolly's subject matter reflects times, places and events that that he has experienced personally, and has ranged from high-rise apartment buildings and deserted airports to the Woomera detention centre and the Tour de France.

Jolly was a founding member of Stripp Gallery, Melbourne, and a studio artist at 200 Gertrude Street from 1993 to 1995. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Australia and abroad, including regular solo exhibitions at Sutton Gallery since 2001.

Selected group exhibitions include: Artists' Proof #1, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2012; The Futile City, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2011; Photocopier, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2010; The Shilo Project, Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, and Wangaratta Art Gallery, Victoria, 2009; Look! New perspectives on the contemporary collection, The Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2008; The Future in Every Direction: Joan Clemenger Endowment for Contemporary Australian Art, Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria, 2003; It's a beautiful day - New painting in Australia: 2, Ian Potter Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2002; Happiness, Australia/New Zealand Cultural Exchange, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 2001; Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2000; and Brand New Master Copy, UKS Gallery, Oslo, 2000.

Jolly's paintings are included in many public collections, including the British Museum, London; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria; and The University of Melbourne. He was a finalist in the 2010 and 2008 Basil Sellers Art Prize, and has undertaken residencies in Malaysia (2006) and Barcelona (2003).


CV David Jolly 2016

Artwork by David Jolly

Allez allez allez, 2010

oil on glass, framed
50 x 75cm