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Jan Lawnikanis


Visual Artist/Art Tutor


Gold Coast, Queensland, AUSTRALIA


0410 819 926 or 61 410 819 926 (From overseas)




janlawnikanis.com.au     http://jan-lawnikanis.artistwebsites.com/






Gold Coast, Australia

Professional Development


2017       Workshop, Typism Conference, Brush Script Lettering with B Enright & Carla Hackett

2016       Workshop, Mt Tamborine, Palette Knife Painting in Oils with Brian Cook

2016      Workshop, RQAS Brisbane, Portraiture in Oils with Frank Giacco

2013      Watercolour workshop with Charles Sluga

2013      Weekend workshop, Watercolours with John Lovett

2008     5 day workshop, Brisbane Artists Academe, Alla Prima portraits with Clayton J. Beck 

2006      2 week workshop, McGregor Summer School, Collage with Elizabeth Gower   

2005      2 week workshop, McGregor Summer School, Mixed Media with Gary Miles

2004      2 week workshop, McGregor Summer School, Book Illustration with  Paul Lennon 

2004      1 day workshop, Brisbane Institute of Art, Flowers in Oils with Fu Hong

2004      3 day workshop, Fibre Montage with Noela Mills

2003      2 week workshop, McGregor Summer School, Book Illustration with Paul Lennon 

2003      3 day workshop, Fibre Montage with Noela Mills

2002      2 week workshop, McGregor Summer School, Animals in Acrylics with Trevor Weekes

2001      2 week workshop, McGregor Summer School, Portraits in Oils with Keith Dewell

2000      2 week workshop, McGregor Summer School, Pastels with Tim Miller

1998      1 week workshop, Watercolour with Alvaro Castagnet

1995-2000   Weekly art classes, Tutor Dale Crabtree, Dale’s Art Studio, plus 3 mths life-drawing lessons


Gallery representation

485 Ruthven St,

Toowoomba, QLD


RQAS Gallery

25 Broadbeach BLVD

Broadbeach, Gold Coast, QLD

Individual exhibitions

Art’s Café, Gold Coast Arts Centre, QLD 2006
'Art is the Flower' RQAS, Broadbeach 2010

Selected group exhibitions


2012 -present                  Myart Gallery, Toowoomba

2013-2014                       The Art Gallery, Mt Tamborine

                                      Moulton Galleries, Robina & Southport                          

2007 -present                 Royal QLD Art Society, Gold Coast                              

2003, 2009, 2013            Border Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery

2005 -2008, 2012 -2013   King’s Christian Arts Festival

2009, 2011 - 2013           St Hilda's Art Show

2004 -2009, 2012, 2017   D’Arcy Doyle Art Awards

2008                              30 Icons Portrait Competition

2006                              Stanthorpe Regional Gallery                           

2004, 2005                     Dalby Spring Fair Art Show

2002, 2003, 2005            Leukaemia Foundation Art Show, Helensvale

2003 - 2004                    Access Arts Champagne Box Auction, Brisbane

2004                              Gold Coast Convention Centre Exhibition

2003                              QLD Cancer Fund Art Exhibition, Southport

2003                              Kenilworth Arts Festival, Kenilworth

2002                              Women of Our Time Exhibition, Hilton Hotel Brisbane               

1998                              Redland Bay Art Competition, Brisbane

Plus various local and regional exhibitions and competitions.


2017         First prize –     Still-life, D’arcy Doyle Art Awards

2016         First prize –     Botanical theme, RQAS

2014         First prize –     Watercolours, Ocean Shores Art Competition

2013         Third prize –    Still-life, RQAS Awards

2012         First prize –     Still –life, Ipswich Art Awards

2011         First prize -      ACPN coloured pencil competition
2009         Second prize – Watercolour, RQAS Awards

2009         First prize –     Watercolour, Gold Coast Show

2008         Finalist –         30 Icons competition, Pacific Fair,

2007         Second prize – Challenge no. 28 Australian Artist Magazine, June

2006         First prize –     Watercolour, Elanora Art Show,

2006         First prize –     Watercolour, Springfest Art & Craft Festival

2006         Set Design Award – Dramafest

2005         First prize –     Pastels, Elanora Art Show

2004         First prize -     Drawing, Elanora Uniting Church Art Show

2004         First prize –     Abstracts, D’Arcy Doyle Art Awards

2002         First prize -     Watercolours, Laidley Art Show

Plus numerous commendations and awards


G.C.City Council Rapid Response Cultural Development Grant 2002

Corporate Collections

Portrait of Margaret May, Portrait of Dr Cherrell Hirst AO: Women at Work International

40 artworks for Air Apartments, Broadbeach

14 artworks, Surfers Paradise Executive Offices



1999 – Present   Various painting and drawing commissions for private clients

2004 - Present   Various designs and painting of sets for school musicals

2012                 14 artworks, Surfer’s Paradise Executive Offices

2007                 4 Paintings, Tokiya Restaurant, Mermaid Beach

2006                 Outside murals, Hillcrest Christian College

2005                 Artist’s impressions for real estate agent

2005                 40 artworks for Air Apartments, Broadbeach

2003, 2005        Murals for grounds of Hillcrest Christian College

2003                 Tea towel designs for Souvenirs Australia

2001                 Portrait painting for principal Hillcrest Christian College



2011                     Guest Artist: St Hilda's Art Show

2009, 2010, 2013   Guest Artist, Gold Coast Show

2009                     Guest Artist, Southport Library


Teaching Appointments


1999 - present   Various art & Professional Development workshops for teachers and students, Hillcrest Christian College.

2010 – present   Weekly Art Excellence art classes for High School students, Hillcrest Christian College

2017 - present   Weekly watercolour lessons, Royal QLD Art Society, Broadbeach

2017                 Monthly art workshops, Framed Just For You, Gold Coast

2017                 2 watercolour workshops, Don Milner’s studio, Tinbeerwah

2017                 2 watercolour workshops, Redcliffe Art Society

2015 - 2017       3 x 5 day workshops, watercolours, McGregor Winter School, USQ Toowoomba

2012 – 2017      8 coloured pencil/watercolour workshops, Murray’s Art & Framing, Toowoomba  

2016                 2 watercolour workshops, Ipswich Art Society

2016                 6 day watercolour workshop, Oakey Art Group

2009 – 2016      14 watercolour/colour pencil workshops, Coochie Art Group

2015 - 2016       Weekly watercolour lessons & colour pencil lessons, Artable Studio, Robina

2015 – 2016       Weekly children’s art lessons, Artable Studio, Robina

2015 – 2016       Watercolour lessons, home studio and Louise Corke’s studio, Pimpama

2014                 Weekend colour pencil workshop, Rockhampton Art Society

2014 - 2016       2 watercolour workshops, Lismore Art Club                             

2013                 Watercolour 4 day workshop, McGregor Spring School, USQ, Toowoomba 

2013                 Coloured Pencils 6 day workshop, Maryborough Art Festival  

2010 - 2012       9 various art workshops, Brisbane Artist’s Academy

2007                 Weekend drawing workshop, Annabel Tully’s studio, Quilpie

Selected Publications

2014       Australian Artist Magazine, May, June, August. 3 full length articles, Coloured pencils

2013       Australian Artist Magazine, November. Full length article, Coloured pencil workshop report

2010       Paradise Magazine, Gold Coast Bulletin, August. Full page article, ‘Delight in the Detail’

2007       Australian Artist Magazine, June. Photo of winning painting.

2000       Australian Artist Magazine, August. Full-length article, “Coloured Pencil: the No-Fuss Medium.”

2001       Hillcrest Christian College Year Book, Portrait painting of school principal on cover of yearbook.

2002       Margaret May Reports, Photograph of portrait painting and short story.


International Watercolour Society catalogue 2013, 2016

Online Publications

Featured artist December 2010. www.colouredpencils.com.au

Judging Appointments

2002           Dalby Art Festival, Dalby

2000           Children’s art competition, Network Video Parkwood

Professional Memberships


2017 – present   Flying Arts accredited membership            

2017 – present   International Watercolour Society             

2016 – present   Watercolour Society of QLD

2007-  present    Royal QLD Art Society

2011present   Australian Coloured Pencil Network

2000-2006         Pastel Society of Australia

1999-2006         Coloured Pencil Society of America




2017                     Paintings donated for school art auction

2013                     Painting donated to Riding for the Disabled.

2002, 2003, 2005   Paintings donated to Leukaemia Foundation Art Auction

2003, 2004            Paintings donated to Access Arts Champagne Box Auction

2002                     Portrait paintings donated to Women at Work art collection