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Jane Kell

Jane Kell

University of Essex (BA Honours in Art History and Theory of Art , 1983)

I am a British artist living and working in Washington DC.  I paint with oils 'alla prima', working freehand straight on to the canvas without preliminary drawing. It is a fluid, exciting process which requires total concentration. The main focus of my work is the exploration of colour and light and I aim to push the boundaries with colour and form.  I paint both figuratively and abstractly and find the two practices support each other: My abstract sensibilty with colour helps the figurative paintings and the rigour and discipline of the former feed into the abstract work.

In 2017 I participated in an international artist residency in France where I painted 'en plein air' for the first time, this immersive experience intensified my interest in landscape prompting me to produce a series of landscape paintings exploring water and reflections.  In 2018 I was one of five British artists commissioned by the Belmond Cadogan to create a series of large paintings for their prestigious hotel in Chelsea.  This project gave me the opportunity to work on a far larger scale than before and the discovery of a new, freer way of using paint on canvas.  Since then I have continued to work on a large scale and I feel it has provided a new direction.  

In January 2020 I became a member of the Studio Gallery in Washington DC, established in 1956, it is the city's oldest artist cooperative non profit art gallery.  I have also exhibited with the following galleries:  Corners Gallery, Ithaca, NY. Cambridge Contemporary, Cambridge. Russell Gallery, London.  Red Dog Gallery, Hampshire. Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, Northumbria.  The Forge Gallery, Oxfordshire.  Blackall Studios, Shoreditch, London.  Orleans Gallery, Richmond.  Open Studio Festival, Richmond. 

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