FRED JESSUP  (1920 – 2007)



Born Talbot, Victoria


Worked as a designer with Jantzen (Australia) Ltd and studied under Dattilo-Rubbo, Sydney


Served with the Australian Army during WWII


Gained NSW Travelling Scholarship to study European art for 12 months delayed this for 3 years


Studied art full-time at East Sydney Technical College arriving in Europe for the first time.  He lived in London and studied under Victor Passmore


Lived in Paris and continued his studies with Macavoy at the Grande Chaumiere


He established himself in Paris undertaking various commissions including theatre decorations for the Marquis de Cuevas and designing costumes for the grand couturiers


Moved to Espondeilhan where he found the peace and solitude to concentrate on his expanding ouvre.

From here he made several trips to Spain, Switzerland, Italy and in 1959 and 1962 visited Australia – always arranging exhibitions if possible and did a period of teaching at his old art college in East Sydney.  


Jessup was one of the 30 exclusive exhibitors with the Wally Findlay Galleries with exhibitions in New York. Palm Beach, Beverley Hills, Paris and Japan.


Signed a contract with Vision Nouvelle for his lithographs

1987 onwards

Exhibitions up to the year 2000 with Galerie Fulcrand, Saint-Tropez since 1987 and at Galerie Gantois, Cannes since 1992


Fred Jessup sent a panel of paintings out from Espondeilhan France  to ARTARMON GALLERIESin 1996 and 2003 to exhibit with the work of Donald Ramsay.