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IN BRIEF

 

Jordan is an award-winning artist from New Plymouth, New Zealand. While predominantly known as a visual artist, Jordan has also achieved recent success in the music and TV industries, with five songs featured on the Emmy Award-winning Fox TV show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

JORDAN BARNES

Born in New Plymouth, New Zealand, Jordan is an award-winning painter and is recognized as an artistic all-rounder. His inspiration for his works comes from social observations and personal relationships. In addition to his painting, Jordan is passionate about songwriting. He released his debut album on Lazy Bones Recordings in 2015, followed by his sophomore album, ‘Theories,’ in 2017. He emphasizes that the creative process, whether for a song or a painting, remains much the same.

Artist Statement 2023:

"As an artist, my ultimate pursuit is a deeper understanding of the human condition, aiming to unearth fresh perspectives about myself and others. Often, my work involves exploring the figure or portrait in response to a carefully chosen environment. Through meticulous rendering and hyper-realistic details, I strive to captivate viewers' attention. Yet, my true objective lies in delving beneath the surface, endeavouring to expose a profound psychological narrative."

AWARDS 

Finalist, National Contemporary Art Award, 2023

Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize, 2023

People's Choice Award, Parkin Drawing Prize, 2022

Merit Award, Parkin Drawing Prize, 2022

Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize, 2022

Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize, 2020

Finalist, Adam Portrait Award, 2020

Finalist, Wallace Awards, 2019

Finalist, Adam Portrait Award, 2018

Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize, 2017

NZAAT $15000 Artist Grant, 2010

ACHIEVEMENTS / EXHIBITIONS 

2023

Finalist, National Contemporary Art Award, 2023

Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize, 2023

 

2022

'STUDIO MIX' Group Show, Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown, NZ

People's Choice Award, Parkin Drawing Prize

Merit Award (Highly Commended), Parkin Drawing Prize

Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize

Group Show, Nadene Milne Gallery, Arrowtown, NZ

2021

Solo Exhibition, Hastings City Art Gallery, Hawkes Bay, NZ

Solo Exhibition, Hall Of Design, Oakura, NZ

2020

Solo Exhibition, Hall Of Design, Oakura, NZ

Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize

Finalist, Adam Portrait Award

2019

Finalist, Wallace Art Award

2018

Finalist, Adam Portrait Award

 

2017

‘Theories’ The Album, released on Lazy Bones Recordings

Finalist, Parkin Drawing Prize

 

2016

Song Placement, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox, US 

Song Placement, MTV Challenge Reality Show, US 

 

2015

4 x Song Placement, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox, US 

Album Release / Exhibition, Cutler Art Space, Brooklyn, New York, US

Album Release / Exhibition, Kina Gallery, New Plymouth, NZ

Signed to Lazy Bones Recordings (US)

 

2014

Life Education Trust Exhibition, Wellington, NZ

Group Exhibition, The Artist’s Room Fine Art Gallery, Dunedin, NZ 

Solo Exhibition, Y & Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ

Art Of War, Group Show, Jonathan Grant Galleries, Auckland, NZ

Solo Exhibition, Thievery Studio, Auckland, NZ

Solo Exhibition, Puke Ariki, New Plymouth, NZ

Group Exhibition, Puke Ariki, New Plymouth, NZ

Selector for Nz Art Show 2014 

 

2013

RVCA Advocate Artist

 

2012 

Group Exhibition, Kina Gallery, New Plymouth, NZ

Little Lotus Project, Group Exhibition, Wellington, NZ

Surfaid music collaboration  

 

2011    

Recipient of the first NZAAT $15,000 Artist Grant

Portrait of Anna Paquin for WWF Ocean Views Campaign 

Advocate Artist for Element Skateboards

Solo Exhibition, The Long Gallery, Museum Hotel Wellington, NZ

 

2010   

Solo Exhibition, Kina Gallery, New Plymouth, NZ

Solo Exhibition, Te Karanga Gallery, Auckland, NZ

Solo Exhibition, Ink And Anchor, New Plymouth, NZ

T-Shirt design for Von Zipper Eye Wear

Feature Article In Presence Magazine 

Music Video, MTV, Juice TV And C4 (NZ) 

 

2009   

Solo Exhibition, Thistle Hall Gallery, Wellington, NZ

Group Exhibition, St Kevins Arcade, Auckland, NZ

 

2008   

Private Invite-Only Group Exhibition, New Plymouth, NZ

 

2006   

Solo Exhibition, Powderoom, New Plymouth, NZ

Solo Exhibition, Verge Gallery, New Plymouth, NZ

 

2001   

North Harbour Aimes Encouragement Award 

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