Jason Phu, if i point at you, you have to stand up, 2019, ink on paper, 43x37cm, 58x51cm (frame)
Jason Phu


Jason Phu

Jason Phu (b.1989, Sydney) currently lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Phu’s multi-disciplinary practice brings together a wide range of, sometimes contradictory, references from traditional ink paintings and calligraphy to mass-produced objects, everyday vernacular to official records, personal narratives to historical events. Working across drawing, installation, painting and performance, the artist frequently uses humour as a device to explore experiences of cultural dislocation.

Phu graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours degree. He is a Sulman Prize winner in 2015, double Archibald Prize finalist in 2014 and 2015, and double Sulman Prize finalist in 2018 and 2019. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in Australia, including Westspace, Melbourne; CCAS Gorman Arts Centre, Canberra; and ALASKA Projects, Sydney; ACE Open, Adelaide. In 2018, he exhibited in the Dobell Drawing Biennale at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Burrangong Affray at the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Primavera 2018 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.


2013 Started Masters of Fine Arts in Research (Discontinued in 2015), University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts
2011 Graduated from University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours
2010 Central Academy of Fine Arts, China, Beijing, Printmaking Residency
2009 Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Canada, exchange semester
Present Work and based in Sydney
2019 (July) Real Real, livestream performance program, Campbelltown Arts Centre, curated by Jessica Olivieri
The faces of guanxiu’s sixteen friends, the luohans of his feverish dreams, Vermilion Art, Sydney
Prototype, video art subscription service, online project, curated by Lauren Carroll Harris
I wake from my midday naps with a terrible thirst, Chalk Horse, Sydney
2018 In the past there were moments of peace, in the future there will be less, when we die there is sleep, Alaska Projects
My parents met at the fish market West Space 2017 Commission work presented at ACE Open, Adelaide
The fruit was sweeter then, the fish were more plentiful, Alaska Projects, curated by Grace Patridge and James Nguyen
2017 My parents met at the fishmarkets, Westspace, Melbourne, (Westspace commission to make a work across all four galleries)
A shrine for the horse headed god of safe travels and a shrine for the pig headed god of celebration, Underbelly Arts Festival 2017, National Art School
Lesser saints and the demons they carry, commission by Art Fairs Australia for Sydney Contemporary at Barangaroo, The Cutaway
2016 I pray at ashes of my grandmother and at the photo of my grandfather who I’ve never met. I pray for big chunks of meat, for big bowls of
alcohol and for sex. They send me demons to battle. ALASKA Projects, William street, Australia
I haven’t made the work yet but I’ll be there a week beforehand which should be plenty of time Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, Australia
GET TO MELBOURNE Nicholas Projects, Melbourne, Australia
bull shit is more nutritious than dog shit Organhaus Art Space, Chongqing, China
2015 a pomelo, a bowl of beef noodle soup and a pair of slippers Dimensions Art Centre, Chongqing, China
It’s all google translated or taken from chinese newspapers I can’t read Ray Hughes Gallery, NSW
2014 Irreverants Gaffa Gallery, NSW
This is what I think about some of the time, the rest of the time I watch tv or drink beer or sometimes both Ray Hughes Gallery, NSW
2013 Lots of jasonphus. Archive Space, NSW
⼥女⼥士,先⼥生们,2008 年 H 。M 。S 。GOLDEN CENTURY 即将进 攻 BONDIBEACH 。注意安全,⼥一路顺⼥风 。 Kudos Gallery, NSW
2011 The Pub (collaboration with Andrew Burford) Kudos Gallery, NSW
The great parade of Spirits, Demons and Pissheads of George St. on the fifth Saturday of the 12th month in the light of a three-quarter moon COFA Space, NSW
2019 Our Common Bond, May Space, curated by Olivia Welch
Stop Peeping, Cement Fondu, Sydney
2018 Primavera 2018, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, curated by Megan Robson
The Burrangong Affray, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, curated by Micheal Do
Play Back Dobell Drawing Biennale, AGNSW, curated by Matt Cox
Human Jerky, Verge Gallery, Sydney
2017 Losing Farther, Losing Faster Alaska Projects, Sydney, curated by Bradley Vincent
Closing the Distance Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne, curated by Sophia Cai
2016 #BFF: The Politics of Friendship Artereal Gallery, Sydney, curated by Rhianna Walcott
2015 From Old Ground Bathurst Regional Gallery, curated by Joanna Bayndrian
A robot attempts to eat a chicken nugget Firstdraft Gallery, curated by Luke Letourneau Bridges of Expansion Gaffa Gallery, NSW
2014 Small Sculptures Ray Hughes Gallery, NSW
Slow Burn Kudos Gallery, NSW
We visited in canoes, we swam in freshwater rivers and we conquered from our ships 107 Projects, NSW
2013 Investable Contemporary Art Annual Archive Space
Lifes a Beach Ray Hughes Gallery, NSW
Perspectiva 2.0 COFA Campus, NSW
Drawing Now Ivan Dougherty Gallery, NSW
Wontons and Meatpies Robin Gibson Gallery, NSW
Paper Trail Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Launch Sequence Kudos Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2012 Beautiful Soup St Heliers Street Gallery, VIC
Mind and Reality COFA Space
Familiar Unfamiliar Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, NSW/ Swan Hill Regional Gallery, VIC/ c3 contemporary artspace, VIC
2011 The Final Word UNSW Square House, NSW
Art and Environment COFA Space, NSW
Kung Fu and Ray-Guns Gallery Red, NSW
Paper Trail Robin Gibson Gallery, NSW
Greatest Hits Volume 2 Verge Gallery, NSW
2018 By Hand: Rediscovering the Art of Printmaking De La Salle – College of Santi Benilde, Manila
2016 bull shit is more nutritious than dog shit, Organhaus Art Space, Chongqing, China
2015 a pomelo, a bowl of beef noodle soup and a pair of slippers, Dimensions Art Centre, Chongqing, China
North American and Australasian Bestiary University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA
2014 Fantasy Asia Indus Valley School of Art, Pakistan
Bridges of Expansion Southern Graphics Council International 2014 San Francisco
2013 Exposición de arte en Variete Varieté Gallery, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico City
Throwdown Press Hong Kong Graphic Art Festival 2013, Hong Kong
2012 Begin with Printmaking: the Practice of Mixmedia and Transboundary Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China
2011 Mind and Reality Roxaboxen Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
Messages From The South Contemporary Australian Prints From COFA UNSW NTUA Gallery, National Taiwan University of Arts, Taiwan
The International Art on Paper Exhibition 2011 The Faculty of Art and Architecture, Rajamangala University of Technology Lana, Thailand.
2019 Sulman Prize AGNSW, Finalist
2017 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging), Finalist, Artspace, Sydney
Ramsay Art Prize, Finalist, Art Gallery of South Australia
2016 Glenfiddich Artist in Residence, Finalist, winner TBA
Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Highly Commended
2015 Freedman Foundation Travelling Art Scholarship, Winner
Archibald Portrait Prize AGNSW, Finalist
Sulman Prize AGNSW, Winner
2014 Tim Olsen Drawing Prize, Kudos Gallery, Highly Commended
Archibald Prize AGNSW, Finalist
2012 Macquarie Group Emerging Art Prize, Finalist (nominated by Noel McKenna)
2011 Gallery Barry Keldoulis Award, Winner
2010 The Art Scene Award, Winner
Glebe Art Show, Works on Paper section, Winner
2019 (July) Gertrude Contemporary Studio Program, Melbourne
Newington College, Sydney, Artist-in-Residence
2017 JOJO KOBE Screenprint Studio, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2016 C.A.P. Studio (Chiang Mai Art on Paper) Residency, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2015 Organhaus International Artist Residency, Chongqing, China
Chongqing AIR (Artist in Residency) Chongqing, China
2010 Central Academy of Fine Arts, China, Beijing, Printmaking Residency
2015 Art Month Art Bar commission at Wellington St. Chippendale
2014 Poulet’s Backdoor Residency lol, but actually painted the door behind his house
UNSWAAD ARC Mural Project, Courtyard Site
2016 Hhhhappy Magazine, artist profile October
Art Almanac, artist profile October
Canberra Times, by Peter Haynes, review of show at CCAS
Art Asia Pacific 99, New Currents Section
2015 Art Collector, 50 things collectors should know, Issue 71 2015
Broadsheet, artist profile
Countless Voices Blog, by Greta Stonehouse, artist profile
UNSW Newsroom, by Amy Coopes, artist profile,
Concrete Playground, by Elise Newtown, review of show at Ray Hughes Gallery
2014 Raven Contemporary, February, review of solo show at The Hughes Gallery, Surry Hills NSW by Chloe Wolifson
The Art Life, February, review of solo show at The Hughes Gallery, Surry Hills, NSW by Andrew Frost
ARC Framework Issue 8 Social Change, by Tahjee Moree and Olivia welch Imprint Magazine, 2014 Volume 49 Number 2, The Drawing Issue
2013 Imprint magazine Winter 2013, Review of ‘Mirror Mirror: Throwdown Press’ Article written by David Greenhalj

Print Council of Australia (PCA)
UNSW College of Fine Arts (COFA)
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD)
Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Beijing
Special Collections of School of the Art Institue of Chicago (SAIC)
Artists Books Library Indus Vallery School of Art and Architecture collection, Pakistan
Charles Sturt University

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