Artist Profile - Jane Eccles
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Jane will need no introduction too many of you and we are pleased to be able to show a selection of new paintings. Her work has been regularly admired, commented on and sold since we first exhibited her work as part of the Herefordshire Arts and Craft Society Exhibition September 2005. She studied visual arts as a mature student at Cheltenham Art College, which included ceramics, graphics, drawing and painting. In her final year she specialised in figurative painting. Her work has continued to progress and her figures often form part of a narrative, creating beautifully intriguing paintings. Jane has exhibited up and down the country, and has been short listed by the Daily Mail for the ‘Not the Turner Prize’ award. She has an annual exhibition in the GreenStage and we also exhibit her work at both London and Bristol Affordable Art Fairs.
As a mature student, I studied at Stroud Art college follower by a degree in Visual Arts with Media and Communication at Cheltenham Art College. Whilst at college, my over- riding interest was figurative painting, and it is in this area that I have continued to work. Painting mainly with oil on canvas, my current work consists of two components, narrative paintings and my more experimental series ‘Against the Wall’ and ‘Fragments’ My narrative works depict figures in contemporary settings where the anecdotal subject matter create a series of metaphors for relationships and event in everyday life and thereby sets the scene for a multiplicity of interpretations that may or may not reflect the original intent. I have become increasingly interested in Herefordshire life and environment, recently painting ‘To Say Goodbye II’ Which was based on the demolition of the Greyhound pub in Hereford and ‘The Puppet Master’ which again uses scenes from Hereford as a backdrop. In parallel, I have experimented with figurative composition often within a restricted space that has involved exploring the relationship and pictorial tension between the visual imagery and the external surroundings. This has led in some cases to a simplification and in others, to a camouflaging of the figurative images by removing the distinction between subject and background. I am currently further developing this theme by dividing the image into elemental parts and placing onto separate canvases.