J o c e l y n M a u g h a n O A M
My delight is in the observation of the human figure translated into painting.
Jocelyn Maughan studied at the National Art School from 1954 to 1958, graduating with Honours. The teachers she considers to have been particularly significant for her studies were James (Jimmy) Cook, Tom Thompson, Bob Gunter and Peter Laverty.
Her teaching career, from 1959 until 1995, was with Technical and Further Education (TAFE) New South Wales. She worked for 32 years at Meadowbank College of TAFE, where she established a Fine Arts section and later became Head Teacher. Her teaching, like her artwork, has always reflected a strong commitment to draughtsmanship and the human figure.
She has been awarded prizes, including the Le Gay Brereton Prize for draughtsmanship, 1957; the Portia Geach Memorial Award, 1976; the Margaret Fesq Prize for portraiture, 1983 and the 2011 Kedumba Drawing Award.
Many of her commissioned portraits hang in public institutions, including the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Mitchell Library, Sydney. She has been a finalist in the Archibald on numerous occasions since 1965. Her exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Wall Gallery, Sydney, 1992; a two-person exhibition with Jeff Rigby at the Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree, 1995; a two-person exhibition with Robin Norling at the Royal Art Society of New South Wales, Sydney, 1999; survey exhibitions at Gosford Regional Gallery (2006, 2016) and a survey exhibition at Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree, and See Street Gallery Meadowbank in 2018.
A member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1983, Jocelyn Maughan lives and paints on the Central Coast of New South Wales, where she is Co-Director of the Patonga Bakehouse Gallery.
Maughan was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2018 for service to the visual arts and education.