Education -

RMIT University
Master of Photography (current)

University of Wollongong
Bachelor of Arts

Exhibitions -

RAW Natural Born Artists: Melbourne
June 6th 2019.

FortyFive Downstairs

10th - 26th September 2019.
45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, AU.

E+ Hive Gallery - Ocean Deep .

8th November 2019 - 29th February 2020.
140 Commercial Road, Prahran.

Australian National Veterans Art Museum

March To Art 2020: Place .
14th April 2020. No Vacancy Gallery,
30 -40 Jane Bell Lane, Melbourne.

Virtual Exhibition -


Experience 2019 -

Senior Curator

Knox Car and Art Show
The Knox Club, Boronia Road
Wantirna South, VIC, AU.

Collections Intern

The Monash Gallery of Art
860 Ferntree Gully Road, 
Wheelers Hill, VIC, AU.


Through generations, the tales of the illustrious Jack Tar are told by seafarers of the dangerous adventures at sea and ashore. 'Jack' comes from the common name of a sailor and 'Tar', a crude, black liquid historically used as a means for waterproofing canvas pants while at sea.Jack Tar is heard through shanties and read aboutin literature since the 19th century.

The art of Jack Tar & Co. is a homage to seafarers as they travel the open seas. The inspiring stories of old and new become translated into a surrealist and conceptual style of water photography. JACK TAR explores the cultural psyche of sailors through macro water medium format digital photography, showing vast psychological constructions through the surface of water. Concerned with the transition of seafarers upon ceasing their duties to becoming land-based civilians, each series is inspired by self-determination and adapting to new surroundings.

Motivated by the mythologies of Ancient Greek translated texts of Homer's The Odyssey, and the 19th Century French novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Seas by Jules Verne, the visual narrative of JACK TAR ties a young and adventurous life full of fantasy. Spending much time being immersed in nature along Australia's Eastern Seaboard and a period serving in the Royal Australian Navy, Jon Tubby engages in art through the pseudonym of JACK TAR. Jon's style as JACK TAR is encouraged by the French Impressionists, Existentialism, surrealism and the sublime in works from Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti and Wols.

A concept having grown since 2014, JACK TAR & Co. is a highly distinct artistic style that has developed through a life among the waves of the Pacific Ocean. Jon is currently completing the Master of Photography program at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and evolving JACK TAR across exhibitions that explore the unique relationship between water and light.

Continuing to grow the concept of JACK TAR, Jon as an inquisitive environmentalist, endeavours to recreate sustainable methods of photographic practice, experimenting with the movement of water both in the natural world and in an artificially constructed light studio. Growing up in the Illawarra of New South Wales, an hour South of Sydney, three decades of interacting with freshwater and saltwater, Jon has established a situational awareness for the natural landscape and always gathers rubbish found within the national parks that is left by others.

Jon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photography from the University of Wollongong and in 2020 will complete the Master of Photography program. Currently based in Melbourne, Jon and JACK TAR & Co. look to venture beyond the isolation of Australia to visit the wondrous waters of the world.

Atmosphere Absolute, 2020 is the current and ongoing work in progress. This series works with in-camera techniques and camera flash to create an artificial construction that is representative of stormy seas.

Sealed with the stamp of approval, all JACK TAR art is certified with a signature wax-seal stamp of the registered trademark anchor of JACK TAR & Co.