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Born in Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia 1943


1994-95  M.A. (Research), Deakin University, Geelong

1962-66  National Art School, Sydney.

1961   Julian Ashton’s School of Art and Desiderius Orban Studio, Sydney


1997-2009  Art Critic, Herald Sun, Melbourne

1996-97 Director, National Art School, Sydney

1990     Artist-in-Residence, Edinburgh University, Scotland, UK

1986-91 Principal Lecturer Co-Ordinator Post-Graduate Studies, Fine Art Department, Faculty of Art, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.

1983-86 Principal Lecturer, Co-Ordinator Post-Graduate Program, Deputy Head Faculty of Art and Design, Phillip Institute of Technology, Melbourne.

1973-82  Senior Lecturer, Painting, School of Art & Design, Prahran College of Advanced Education, Melbourne

1978     Visiting Artist, Gloucestershire, School of Art & Design, UK

1972-82  Art Critic, Sun News Pictorial, Melbourne

1971     Lecturer in Painting, PCAE, Melbourne

1968-70  Lecturer, National Art School, Sydney



2013  Finalist, John Glover Art Prize, Tasmania 

2012   Finalist, Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Art Gallery of Ballarat

2011    Finalist, Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize 2011, Brisbane

2010    Finalist, Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize

2010    Finalist, Calleen Art Award, Finalist, NSW

2009   Finalist, Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane.

2008   Finalist,Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane.

2008   Finalist , John Glover Art Prize, Tasmania. 

2007   The Makin Hotel  -  commissioned to create a series of paintings and prints for a forty suite boutique hotel ( the first of the Art Series Hotels each one named after a leading Australian artist and exclusively featuring their art ) at  48 Wellington Pde, East Melbourne.

2002   William Creek and Beyond. The Deague Family Art Foundation commissioned 10 artists, of which Makin was one, to travel to Lake Eyre, South Australia, and  produce  a series  of paintings and  participate in a documentary film  based  on the expedition, which was further documented in a book, William Creek and Beyond.  The collection toured  a number of public galleries, and now forms the basis of the Deague Foundation private collection.

1998  Commissioned by AMP to paint a large scale mural  for their new corporate headquarters in Brisbane. Entitled The Bulloo Overflow  this entailed  a painting expedition to work on location at Bulloo Downs, a AMP cattle station south of Thargomindah, in south-west Queensland.  

1995-98 Australian Government Post-Graduate Research Scholarship, Deakin University, Melbourne

1993   Commissioned  by the Commonwealth Savings Bank to create,  A Romantic Trilogy, three 2.5m x 3m canvases, in the  World Trade Centre, Sydney

1993/94 Commissioned by  the Hilton International Hotel, Brisbane, to create a large scale mural (11x4metres)  for the hotel atrium which became known as, The Hilton Waterfall. 

1992  Commissioned by the Federal Airports Corporation  to paint two large scale paintings in the VIP Lounge, International Airport, Sydney.

1992  Winner. Tattersall's Club Art Prize, Brisbane

1987    Commission:  Victorian Ministries for Transport Public Art Project, ‘Transporting Art’ to paint,   The  Desert Tram.

1985   Winner, Gold Coast Purchase Prize, Queensland

1980  Prize winner, Melbourne International Centenary Exhibition.

1980  Portrait commission - Professor James Steel, for the School of Veterinary Science, Melbourne University.

1979   Commissioned by the National Bank of Australasia to design a tapestry,  woven by the Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne.

1976   Winner. Townsville Pacific Festival Purchase Award, Queensland
1976    Winner. Rockhampton Art Prize, Queensland

1971   Winner. Gold Coast Purchase Prize, Queensland

1965   Winner. Mirror-Warratah Art Prize, Sydney

1964    Awarded Art Progression Scholarship, National Art School, Sydney



Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Art Gallery of WA, Perth

Australian National Gallery, Canberra

Australian National University, Canberra, ACT

Banker’s Trust, Sydney

Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria

Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

BHP Collection, Melbourne

Brisbane City Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Brisbane

Castlemaine Regional Art Gallery, Victoria

CBUS Collection of Australian Art, Melbourne

Chelsea Art Club, London

Coles Myer Collection, Melbourne

Dalby Collection, Queensland

Deakin University Art Collection, Victoria

Domus Australia, The Vatican, Rome

Edinburgh University Collection, Scotland

Flinders University, Adelaide

Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria

Gold Coast City Collection, Queensland

ICI Collection, Melbourne

La Trobe University Collection, Melbourne

Macquarie Group Collection

McClelland Gallery, Victoria

Medibank Collection, Melbourne

Monash Medical Centre Foundation – Fine Art Collection, Melbourne

Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

National Bank of Australasia Collection of Modern Art, Melbourne

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Parliament House Collection, Canberra

Pegasus Gold Corporation, Washington DC, USA

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

R & I Bank, Perth

Rockhampton Art Gallery, Queensland

Rothschild Bank Collection, London

Sale Regional Art Centre, Victoria

Savage Club Art Collection, Melbourne

Stuart College of Advanced Education, Adelaide

Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Victoria

Tattersall’s Club, Brisbane

Townsville Art Gallery, Queensland

Victorian Premier’s Department Collection, Melbourne

University of Melbourne, Melbourne 



Critical Moments. Essays and Reviews on Art in Australia, by Jeff Makin, Macmillan, 2011

Fields, Caroline, Jeffrey Makin: Drawings, Stonnington Stables Museum of Art, 2006.

Bonython, Kym, Australian Painting 1970-75, Rigby, Adelaide, 1976.

Bonython, Kym, Australian Painting 1970-80, Rigby, Adelaide, 1980.

Carmichael, R., Makin, J. and Wolseley, J., Orienteering: Painting in the Landscape, Deakin University Press, Geelong, 1982.

Chanin, Eileen, Contemporary Australian Painting, Craftsman House, Roseville, NSW, 1990.

Crawford, Ashley and McGregor, Ken, William Creek and Beyond, Craftsman House, Sydney, 2002.

Drury, Neville, Images in Contemporary Australian Painting, Craftsman House, Roseville, NSW, 1990.

Germaine, Max, Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand, Lansdowne Editions, Sydney, 1979.

McCulloch, Alan, The Encyclopaedia of Australian Art, Hutchinson, Melbourne, 1967.

McCulloch, Susan, The Encyclopaedia of Australian Art, Allan and Unwin, Sydney 1994.

McGrath, Sandra, Brett Whitely, Bay Books, Sydney, 1979.

McGregor, Ken, William Creek and Beyond, Craftsman House, Sydney, 2002.

McGregor, Ken and Makin, Jeff, Teeming With Life: The Graphics of John Olsen, McMillan, Melbourne, 2005.

McKenzie, Jane, Drawing in Australia, MacMillan, Sydney, 1986.

Nicholls, Lara, The CBUS Collection of Australian Art: advisor Dr Joseph Brown AO 2004.

Olsen, John, Drawn from Life, Duffy & Snellgrove, Melbourne, 1997.

Sturgeon, Graham, Australia, the Painter’s Vision, Bay Books, Sydney, 1987.

Thomas, David, Jeffrey Makin – Genii Loci, Stonington Stables Museum of Art, Deakin University, Melbourne, 2002.

Who’s Who in Australia, Information Australia, Melbourne, 1998.

Zimmer, Jenny, Australia Felix: Landscapes by Jeffrey Makin, Macmillan, Melbourne, 2002.


Allen, Traudi, Studio International, vol 199, No. 1015, 1986/87, p. 36

Astbury, Leigh, ‘Marketing the Last Frontier’, Studio International, vol. 199, No. 1015, 1986/87

Beaumont, Mary Rose, Art Review, London U.K. 29th Jan. 1988

Bromfield, Dr. David, ‘Aspects of Landscape’, Art Network, Spring 1983

Brown, Phil, ‘A Waterfall Affair’, State of the Art, Issue 2, 1992, pp. 46-47

Collier, Caroline, ‘Paintings from Australia’, Studio International, March 1984

Dodd, Terri, ‘Scaling the Heights of Art’, Australian Artist, No. 103, Jan 1993, cover & pp. 42-48

Griffiths, Anna, ‘Transport of Delight’, Design World, No. 13, 1987, pp. 30-33

Griffiths, Anna, ‘Splash’, Design Ink, No. 11, Dec 1992, pp.48-53

Hill, Peter, ‘The Flinders Ranges’, Alba, No. 8, 1998 pp. 34-36

Lane, Jessica, ‘Jeff Makin: a Heidelberg Spirit’, Antiques and Art, May/June, 1968

Lynn, Elwyn, ‘Profile 5 Exhibition’, catalogue essay, University of Melbourne Gallery, May 1977

Lynn, Elwyn, ‘Australian Letter’, Art International, March/April, 1982

Lynn, Elwyn, ‘Jeffrey Makin’, Watters Gallery Bulletin, 1968

Millington, John, ‘Jeffrey Makin, in the Top End!’, Antiques and Art, July-Nov 1991, p. 43

Siebert, David, ‘Jeffrey Makin, An Artist of International Significance’, Art National, Sep 1984

Siebert, David, ‘Waterfalls’, Oz Art Report, Issue 2, 1992, pp. 42-45

Turnbull, Ken, ‘All the world’s a stage’, Bendigo Magazine (Issue 18, Winter 2010, pp 88 – 90)

von Joel, Mike, Artline, Vol. 3, No. 10, 1988, pp. 20-21


Bell, Pam, ‘A Fresh New Look’, Australian, 13 June 1977.

Brown, Phil, Brisbane Courier Mail, 6 Sep 1991.

Brown, Phil, ‘Masterpeice Commissioned’, City News, 19 Dec 1991.

Brown, Phil, ‘Hilton Waterfall Unvelied’, City News, 16 Jan 1992.

Carmichael, Rod, Sun News Pictorial, Melbourne, 4 March 1997.

Crawford, Ashley, ‘Escape from the Traditional View of the Landscape’, Age, 15 August 2002 .

Dutkiewicz, Adam, ‘Makin Shows his True Colours with Landscape’, Advertiser, Adelaide, 17 May 1995.

Follent, Sarah, ‘In Pursuit of an Individual Line’, Australian, 14 June 1984.

Galbally, Ann, Age, 6 Oct 1971.

Gill, Harb, ‘Into Thin Eyre’, Herald Sun, Weekend Magazine, 13 July 2002 .

Gleeson, James, Sydney Morning Herald, 17 Nov 1971.

Lancashire, Rebecca, ‘Heidelberg Still Casts its Spell’, Age, 28 Oct 1991.

Langer Gertrude, ‘Landscape Keeping Pace’, Brisbane Courier Mail, 6 June 1977.

Langer, Gertrude, Brisbane Courier Mail, 23 Oct 1979.

Lazar, Amanda, ‘Painting Needs More than a Gut Reaction’, Age, 4 December 1976.

Lynn, Elwyn, ‘Soul Brothers Surge Ahead’, Australian, 11 Aug 1984.

Lynn, Elwyn, ‘Conjuring with Four Masters in Full Flight’, Australian Magazine, No. 14, 14-15 May 1988.

Lynn, Elwyn, ‘Champs Canvass Art with Punch’, Weekend Australian, 23-24 March 1991.

Lynn, Elwyn, Australian Weekend Review, 4-5 April 1992.

McCaughey, Patrick, Age, 10 Oct 1973.

Millar, Ronald, Sun News Pictorial, 10 October 1973.

Olsen, John, Sun News Pictorial, 1 Dec 1976.

Rooney, Robert, ‘The Landscape Confrontation’, Age, 23 Melbourne 1980.

Smith, Sue, ‘Landscape painter joins the masters’, Courier Mail, 26 Nov 1992.

Snell, Ted, ‘Glowing Landscapes a Joy to View’, Western Mail, 10 July 1982.

Stowell, Jill, ‘Icons Fall into Place’, Newcastle Herald, 22 Sep 2001.

Warren, Alan, Sun News Pictorial, 6 Oct 1971.

Wallace-Crabbe, Robin, Canberra Times, 28 Oct 1968.