Jordan Marani makes darkly humourous work involving personal narratives, cynical observations of the human condition and an exploration of loss and the past. Through painting and sculpture employing bright colour, humour and word play, he explores the funny side of the dark side. From 2008-2011 Jordan was co-founder and director of Hell Gallery. His work has been exhibited at Tate Modern, the National Gallery of Victoria, Static Gallery Liverpool, Switchback Gallery, 200 Gertrude Street, Daine Singer, Neon Parc, Utopian Slumps, Ryan Renshaw, Ray Hughes Gallery, Powell Street Gallery and at ARIs including Death Be Kind, Inflight, Seventh, and West Space.


Jordan Marani

Education/ Professional
1988 – 1990    Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting), Victoria College, Prahran
2008 – 2011    Founder/ Co-director, Hell Gallery, Melbourne >>

Solo exhibitions (abridged)
2015  (forthcoming) Drawing Wall commission, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton
2014  Colourful Language: The Charm Offensive, Daine Singer, Melbourne >>
2013  Idiot as an Artist, West Space, Melbourne >>
2013  Xmas is a Four-Letter Word, Daine Singer, Melbourne >>
2011  Ten Pound Poms and Other Stories, Static Gallery, Liverpool
2011  The Rest is Silence, Death Be Kind Gallery, Melbourne (with Jess Johnson)
2010  Who cut the cheese? Two giants of contemporary art talk frankly of monumental tasks, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne (with Jess Johnson)
2009  Home is Where My Hell Is, Gippsland Centre for Art and Design (with Jess Johnson)
2009  Hell is Other People, Inflight Gallery, Hobart (with Jess Johnson)
2009  Flippin Heck, Hell Gallery, Melbourne (with Jess Johnson) >>
2008  Hellraiser: The Directors Cut, Hell Gallery, Melbourne (with Jess Johnson) >>
2007  This is Not a Love Schlong, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne (with Jess Johnson) >>
2001  Recent Works by Jordan Marani, Yelza, Melbourne
1996  For Your **** Pleasure, West Space, Melbourne
1994  Liquid Assets, Saratoga Night Club, Melbourne
1993  Binge, Studio 12, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne
1992  Head, Studio 12, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne

Group exhibitions (abridged)
2014  I Probably Don’t Like You, curated by Nick Devlin and Fergus Binns, The Alderman, Melbourne
2014  Faux Museum, c3, Melbourne
2014  Spring 1883 Art Fair, Melbourne
2014  Melbourne Art Fair Pop-Up, curated by Barry Keldoulis, Melbourne Art Fair at Cutler & Co, Melbourne
2014  No Werk, curated by Ace Wagstaff, Trocadero, Melbourne
2014  Industrial Estate, curated by Kym Maxwell, Melbourne
2013  Drunk vs. Stoned III, curated by Geoff Newton, Neon Parc, Melbourne
2012  Deakin Small Sculpture Prize, Finalist, Deakin University Gallery, Victoria
2010  No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern, London
2010  Harrell Fletcher: The Sound We Make Together, National Gallery of Victoria
2010  NotFair, Block Projects, Melbourne
2010  The Memorial, Death Be Kind Gallery, Melbourne
2009  Lorne Sculpture Exhibition, Lorne
2008  Honk If You Love Contemporary Art, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane
2008  Flux Capacitor, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne
2008  Dirty Popsicles, Peloton Gallery, Sydney
2008  Informal Rituals, TCB Gallery, Melbourne
2007  Cut n’ Paste, Peloton Gallery, Sydney
2000 – 2006  Helen Gory Gallery, Artists Garden, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Victoria Park Gallery
1990s  National Gallery of Victoria, George Paton Gallery, West Space, 200 Gertrude Street, Geelong Regional Art Gallery, Linden Gallery, Monash Gallery of Art,Tolarno Gallery, Deutscher Gallery, Ray Hughes Gallery

Grants/ awards
2013    Australia Council Mid-Career Grant
2012    Deakin Small Sculpture Prize, Finalist, Deakin University Gallery, Victoria
2011    Australia Council Liverpool Residency
1991-1993    200 Gertrude Street Studio Resident

Bibliography
2014  Steven Rendall, ‘Painting, writing, colour and profanity’, catalogue essay, Daine Singer, 2014 >>
2014  Madeleine Dore, ‘Pop-ups level the playing field’, ArtsHub, 4 November 2014 >>
2014  Dan Rule, ‘Furniture makes way for fine arts in Heidelberg West factory exhibition Industrial Estate’, The Age, 8 January 2014, p.20 >>
2013  Robert Nelson, ‘A year of visual-arts invention from here and afar’, The Age, 27 December 2013 >>
2013  Jonathan Nichols, ‘Xmas: Jordan Marani’, Stamm, October 2013 >>
2013  Dan Rule, ‘Xmas is a Four-Letter Word’, The Age, 7 September 2013 >>
2013  Dylan Rainforth,Take a larrikin tour’, The Age, 4 September 2013  >>
2013  Ace Wagstaff, Smartarts, RRR FM, 12 September 2013 >>
2013  Roger Taylor, State of the Arts, PBS FM, 7 September 2013
2013  Nat Thomas, ‘Dodging a Bullet and Going Straight to Hell’, catalogue essay, Xmas is a Four-Letter Word, Daine Singer, Melbourne
2013  ‘Jordan Marani: Xmas is a Four-Letter Word’, The Thousands, 31 August 2013 >>
2013  Xmas is a Four-Letter Word, catalogue, Daine Singer, Melbourne >>
2013  Meg Watson, Concrete Playground >>
2010  ‘Hell Gallery Headed for London‘, Stateline Victoria, ABC >>
2010  Art Nation, ABC TV, 9/5/2010; 7.30 Report, ABC TV, 1 May 2010 >>