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What is the best approach to writing an Artist Biography?


5 June 2024

An Artists Bio serves as summary of your curriculum vitae and highlights the most impressive details of your education and prior experience, awards, accolades and activities as an artist.

Typically written in third person (referring to last name) a Bio will contain the following:


  • An introduction that gives an overview of the artist’s artistic career highlighting education, significant achievements, and approach to one’s artwork.

  • One or more successive paragraphs that elaborate on career highlights that may reference notable artistic achievements, representation, publications, and projects.

  • A conclusion that references current works and future directions.

As a Bio is essentially a summary of an artist’s career and achievements, it needs to be brief (maximum length approximately 150 – 200 words) and concise.


Example of a Artist Bio for Brian Jones


Brian Jones became familiar with the practice of Glazing whilst studying for a Bachelor of Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), graduating in 2002.  

Glazing, as was practised by the masters, Rembrandt and Rothko, is the considered process of applying a multiple number of transparent and translucent layers of paint over a prepared base that allows one to create a luminosity and intensity of colour that only the glazing technique can give.


He regularly exhibits at Redbank Gallery, Melbourne; Millowl Art Gallery, Cowes; and in occasional group exhibitions.

His works have received numerous awards, the most notable being winner (2020) of the prestigious Nelson Art Prize, Mornington Art Gallery.

Jones’ current Port Phillip Bay series reflect a minimalist abstracted approach to painting whereby Jones explores and applies the technique of glazing in his response to the ever-changing light conditions and weather patterns over Port Phillip Bay.

Brian Jones is represented by Redbank Gallery, Melbourne.

June 2024 

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