Jon has worked as a full time professional artist and educator since 1994. He has gained a reputation for his Impressionist style watercolour, oil and pastel paintings and his delightful drawings. Jon has a passion for drawing and his numerous sketchbooks, containing thousands of drawings and sketch paintings are testament to his recordings of inspirational subjects from the local Ballarat environment, his own visual statements and from around the world.
His artworks cover a broad range of subjects that he interprets in his own style. These vary from highly representational portrait and wildlife studies, to atmospheric watercolour, oil and pastel impressions of all aspects of the natural and man-made environment, as well as expressive imaginative works.
Since 1984, Jon has held 40 exhibitions in Australia and England, with over 4000 awards and commendations for his work in all mediums. This includes the prestigious Camberwell Rotary Art Show. Jon has written for Australian Artist and International Artist magazines and has been commissioned to illustrate around 30 books. In 2000 he was announced an International Master Water Colourist, and in 2007 won third prize in an international award conducted by Australian Artist. Jon Crawley has been a member of the Ballarat Society of Artists since 1984, and has served several terms as President. He has been a member of the Wildlife Artist’s Society of Australasia, the Victorian Artist’s Society, the Australian Guild of Realist Artists and the Old Watercolourist Society of London (Australian Branch).
In 1991 Jon Crawley was invited by the Victorian Agent General to exhibit at Victoria House in London, which led to an invitation to exhibit at a fundraiser to save the London Zoo, an initiative of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Further exhibitions ensued at the Omell Gallery in London and Taunton in Devon. In December 2009 Jon received a certificate from the National Australia Day Council when he was nominated anonymously for “Australian of the Year” for his contribution to Art, Education and support of charitable and community bodies. He also has the distinction of being included in the honour roll at the University of Ballarat, now known as Federation University.
Jon Crawley’s work is held in many private, public and corporate collections throughout the world. A number are in the City of Ballarat collection.