Jan Allsopp's "Complex Simplicity" to Open at Coffs Gallery

Published on 05 January 2022

Jan Allsopp

The artistic talents of Coffs Harbour continue to shine through with the next exhibition set to brighten the mood for 2022.

Complex Simplicity, a solo exhibition of work by local artist Jan Allsopp, is set to open its doors at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery on 22 January 2022.

Bringing in the new year with bright, happy colours, Allsopp’s works are the product of creating within self-imposed boundaries such as limited colours or scale of work. The “complex simplicity” title refers to her multi-layered works with recognisable shapes, textures and colours.


“I’ve been lucky enough to have a sneak peek at Jan’s incredible work having spent some time with Jan in her home studio,” said Lisa Knowlson, Acting Gallery Museum and Public Art Coordinator.

“What really impacted me straight away was the vibrancy of her works and the underlying messaging around happiness and mental health was very evident. We have developed a number of fun and engaging programs including interactive workshops that I feel will appeal to people of all ages.”

The show is linked to Allsopp’s “Creating for Happiness” – a resource the artist has developed around building both an artistic and ‘happiness’ practice.

Following two years of adaptation, creative resilience and various rolling changes, this exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to recognise the role of happiness in their lives as well as finding ways to embed it in their routines.

The show will also allow visitors to immerse themselves in layers of colour, and embrace the opportunity to create like the artist by layering colour shapes on the Gallery walls in “the room without a roof.”


Complex Simplicity will open at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery on from 22 January through 26 March 2022.