Meet Our Staff: Jordan Andreotta
This term we welcome Perth artist, Lester Prize finalist, and teacher, Jordan Andreotta, to our Visual Arts Department. Jordan is taking Asha Ciotti’s classes while she is on long service leave.
Why did you become an artist?
I first became an artist as I enjoy the process of generating ideas and the technical side of producing artwork. I’ve always viewed my artwork as a visual tool to express my points of view and ideas and to capture moments in time that I think are important.
Has it always been your passion?
Since I was a child, I have always had a passion for drawing and painting. This led me to study visual art at university and then become a teacher of the subject.
Tell us a little about your career as an artist?
I began teaching as a secondary school Visual Arts teacher in 2011. Whilst teaching, I have continued my own practice in the visual arts. This has involved exhibiting artwork, entering competitions, creating public murals and running workshops and live demonstrations. I have exhibited interstate and around the globe in cities including London and Tokyo.
What has been a highlight of your career so far?
Winning the People’s Choice Award in the 2019 Lester Prize for Portrait was one of my highlights. A goal for any artist is to connect with an audience, and receiving this prize was a sign that the work resonated with a lot of people.
What is your style of art?
I specialise in a broad range of mediums including painting, drawing, digital and mural art. My most recent series of artworks have been portraits created in a realist style, examining themes of contemplation and introspection.
Who inspires you?
I get a lot of inspiration through attending other artists’ exhibitions and talks. As a Visual Arts teacher, being in a creative environment with students every day also fuels my creative ideas.
If you could sit down with one artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Leonardo Da Vinci. I admire his inquisitive nature and the value of education. Everything he created was inspired by a sense of curiosity and fascination with the world around him. He epitomised being a lifelong learner and reached a point of mastery in many different disciplines.