Reflections of Industry & Nature – Exhibition of Paintings by Steve Jannar

By Gary Brown from Weekend Notes, 21 June 2018

Old Pipe Salad, Cockatoo Is, Sydney

Cookatoo Island

The very talented Australian artist Steve Jannar will be holding his solo art exhibition in the Marsden Gallery of the Casula Powerhouse building from Saturday the 30th of June 2018 until Sunday the 29th of July 2018. It will open 9-5pm on weekdays and 9-4:30pm on weekends.

Steve Jannar won the Casula Powerhouse Scholarship Prize at the 20th Anniversary Liverpool Art Society Exhibition back in 2017 and as part of that award, Steve is allowed to hold this solo exhibition. All courtesy of Liverpool City Council.

The exhibition will showcase his paintings of natural and industrial areas around Sydney to reflect the industrial Casula Powerhouse building and the adjacent Georges River and bushland.

The exhibition is also part of the WOW (Way Out West) Festival from 18 – 21 July 2018and provides an opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the sounds and smells of the sights painted by this talented and respected artist.

You are all invited to join Steve and his friends for the launch of the exhibition, Reflections of Industry and Nature, at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre on Saturday 30 June at from 2pm

Steve Jannar is a Sydney-based artist and is essentially a figurative painter. His earlier period was very much influenced by the Heidelberg School of Australian Impressionists, in particular by Streeton, Roberts & Conder and in more recent times, by Sydney Long.

Being an architect had contributed to the fact that many of his earlier works included the built environment in the Australian vernacular. Since 2008, he has returned to painting in acrylic paint rather than oil and is painting on a larger scale and freeing up his style. Over the years, Steve has exhibited in and around Sydney and is also represented in overseas collections.

This is not Steve’s first solo exhibition as his first was back in February 2004 ‘Sydney or the Bush’ – oil paintings of Sydney, NSW & Northern Victoria at the Balmain ‘Watch House’.

Moving onto 2013, Steve had a local exhibition that was sponsored by his local MP, Glenn Brookes. The exhibition had numerous paintings that were based on the waterways of the Georges River and Salt Pan Creek at Bankstown Paceway. It included a 6-metre-long painting of Boatsheds along the shores of Salt Pan Creek/One Tree Point.

Not to rest on his laurels, Steve shared an exhibition with Michael Braden, which was held at the Balmoral ‘Bathers’ Pavilion Gallery in early in 2014.

Steve states that having water as a common theme in his paintings makes Sydney a wonderful base from which to work. Especially when you have the great waterways of Sydney Harbour, the Hawkesbury & Nepean Rivers, Port Hacking and the Royal National Park.

While you are at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, you should take the time to find out what else is going on at this 1951 building which was built by the NSW Electricity Commission and was known as the Liverpool Powerhouse.

The centre now houses an international standard exhibition space and a 326-seat state of the art theatre. The centre also boasts a multi-purpose theatre/performance space, artists’ studios and artists’ residency spaces 7 exhibition spaces. (near Liverpool).

Where you arrive there, you should also take the time to listen out for the relaxing sounds of the bellbirds and the occasional whipbird. This wonderful oasis is situated in a little pocket of nature in the midst of suburbia on the Georges River near Liverpool.

This collection of painting carried out while capturing the colour of nature around Sydney Harbour, the Georges and Port Hacking Rivers, plus the Royal National Park is an exhibition not to be missed.

Royal jewel Wattamolla a vision; Fleetwood Mac tribute and Friday nights at Hazelhurst

By Monica Heary, Jan. 29, 2015, 6 a.m

Picture: Boyhood inspired Steve Jannar. Picture: Chris Lane

Artist Steve Jannar remembers as a boy launching a handmade plywood canoe in the tranquil back-waters of the Wattamolla lagoon.

“The backdrop was a huge sandstone curtain wall,” Jannar said.

“I thought then as I still do, that Wattamolla is one of, if not the most beautiful beach (and lagoon) that I have ever seen, especially before dawn when you are the only one there, apart from nature.”

An architect by profession, Jannar said he had been painting the beach and “the Royal” most of his life, but most intensely during the past 10 years.

The Padstow man has had recent success, having won from more than 300 entries the top prize in the Combined Art Societies of Sydney award.

Jannar describes himself as a figurative painter, being influenced earlier by the Heidelberg school of Australian impressionists.

Since 2008 he returned to painting in acrylic paint rather than oil, on a larger scale, and freeing up his style.

His architectural background has contributed to some of his earlier works being the built environment, with the more recent paintings being waterscapes.

Jannar is unabashed about which direction he would like his future in art to go: “I would like to survive by being an artist, to make it pay for itself; that is very difficult,” he said.

“Galleries are doing it hard too; galleries are closing.”

Steve Jannar’s creations are being exhibited at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, 782 Kingsway, Gymea, until Tuesday, February 3; details: or 8536 5700.

Padstow artist Steve Jannar to have artworks on show at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery


A VISIT to a coastal lagoon as a five-year-old is the inspiration behind an exhibition by Padstow artist Steve Jannar.


Steve Jannar stands with his artwork at his Padstow home. Picture: Melvyn Knipe

Jannar has painted the scenes of Wattamolla and the Royal National Park that will be on show at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery in Gymea starting this week.

The paintings depict a variety of spots within the Royal National Park south of Sydney.

Jannar first ventured out to Wattamolla with his father as a five-year-old.

The large scale of Mr Jannar’s artwork is impressive. Picture: Melvyn Knipe

The large scale of Mr Jannar’s artwork is impressive. Picture: Melvyn Knipe

The adventure stuck in his memory and he is now proud to have a whole exhibition of works on the views he fell in love with.“My father built a plywood canoe and we went down to Wattamolla to launch it,” he said.

“At the time I remember thinking it was the best beach I had ever seen and I still feel that way.

“I have been working on these paintings for the best part of 10 years.

Steve Jannar stands in front of his artwork. Picture: Melvyn Knipe

Steve Jannar stands in front of his artwork. Picture: Melvyn Knipe

“At the start it brought back memories but as time passed I kept going there and found more and more things to paint it was unbelievable.“There are some places I got to that not many people would and that mystery is what drives me.”The exhibition will run from Friday until February 3.

“The places I have worked on have not been seen by many people if not any,” he said.

“I would walk through the park and listen for the slightest noise of water and follow it.

“There are several beautiful spots in there and I hope people enjoy it as much as I do.”

The Art of Sydney Awards – 2015

Combined Art Societies of Sydney – Best Exhibit in Show

Gargoyle (water spout), Frazer Vault, Rookwood

Judge’s Comment – A powerful image. The strength of the sculpture evenly balanced against the curved and angled stonework. The overall result has a monumental feel optimising man’s triumph over concrete and stonework. HH A very effective composition.