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— Biography of Jonas Balsaitis

Jonas Balsaitis is a Melbourne based artist and film-maker.  Born in Germany, he migrated to Australia in 1949 and studied at Prahran Technical College and the National Gallery School of Art in Melbourne in the late 1960s. 

His early work consists of hard-edge, geometric, pattern based painting.  In 1970 he began experimenting with film animation which resulted in three 16mm colour films: Processed Process, 1975, Space Time Structures, 1977 and Erratica, 1982.

His painting in the 1980s took a general landscape focus, but returned to a pure abstraction in the 1990s and 2000s, exploring both monochromatic minimalism and compositions of highly intricate and active interest.  

He exhibited regularly at Pinacotheca Gallery in Melbourne from 1970 till after its closure in 1996, and Monash University Gallery held a survey exhibition of his work in 1994 Jonas Balsaitis: 1968-1992 through the surface

Read Charles Nodrum's introductory essay for the artist's 2007 exhibition. 

Read the artist’s comments about his 2007 exhibition at the Charles Nodrum Gallery.

Jonas Balsaitis CV

Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.