Janet Laurence Australian, b. 1947

Janet Laurence is one of the most established and respected Australian artists of her generation. For over forty years she has been producing paintings, sculptures, photography, site-specific installations and architectural intervention. Laurence is not an artist easily categorised; Exploring notions of art, science, imagination, memory, and loss, Janet Laurence’s practice examines the interconnection of life forms and ecologies and observes the impact that humans have on the threatened, natural world.


Laurence’s work addresses our relationship to nature through both site specific and gallery works. Experimenting with and working in varying mediums, Laurence continues to create immersive environments that navigate the interconnections between all living forms. Her practice has sustained organic qualities and a sense of transience, occupying the liminal zones, or places where art, science, imagination and memory converge.


Janet Laurence lives and works in Sydney. A recipient of both a Rockefeller and Churchill Fellowship, she was a Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW, on the VAB Board of the Australia Council and is currently Visiting Fellow at COFA NSW University. 


In 2013 Laurence exhibited in her first solo show The Ferment at The Fine Art Society. She has exhibited in several group shows including Natural Selection (2013) and  Australia | Contemporary Voices (2013) and Anthropocene (2015).