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BIO, AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS

"An excellent and breathtaking painting. The composition soft, whilst the light captured is strong and powerful. This painting is definitely a museum piece. A stimulating work that provokes contemplation."

Peter Gagliardi, Curator, Biennale of Chianciano, Italy

Jane Kellahan is an internationally exhibited and award winning artist with 20 years experience. This year in July, Jane has been selected to exhibit her work at the Museo Internazionale Italia Arte in Turin, Italy. In 2015 Jane received a special mention at the London Art Biennale. As New Zealand's sole representative, she was one of 120 international artists to exhibit at the prestigious event.

In 2011 Jane received third place in the Leonardo Prize at the Biennale of Chianciano, Italy. That same year she was a finalist and in 2009, Jane won the renowned Cricket Art Prize in Australia with her work, 'White Wickets.'

She exhibited at the 2005 Florence Biennale in Italy. Her work was featured in Denis Robinson's book, 'New Zealand's Favourite Artists' and was also selected by the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2000.

Jane works with sensuous oils to create thought-provoking works, crafted onto canvas, wood, and paper. Japanese tissue mixed with mediums and oils are layered, rubbed down and painted over. These organic textures produce rich paintings with resonant depth, and imbued with light and potency.

JANE'S BACKGROUND

Jane is the daughter of a bridge playing, legal secretary and an entrepreneurial cowboy who used to paint in his spare time. She grew up on a farm in Ohariu Valley, Wellington, New Zealand; an environment, which blessed her a childhood, filled with space, freedom and cemented her character as a free spirit and risk taker.

As a child, Jane spent hours on the floor making gift cards. Jane was sent to Samuel Marsden Collegiate, a private school that tried to transform her into a lady. At lunchtimes, she was often seen eating Watties cold baked beans out of a tin and drinking orange juice from a Grolsch beer bottle.

In Jane's youth, she was a right mix when it came to the sports field. A natural athlete, she was a regular at the Wellington Colgate Games, an 'A' netball and water polo team member, consistent swimming champ and 15 years competing in showjumping and eventing, representing Wellington.

Not initially a professional artist, Jane dabbled in the corporate world spending most evenings painting on the floor using her fingers. After learning of the toxicity of oil paints, she quickly moved onto using brushes and rollers. Her first painting commission was in her 20s, at this stage, her individual painting style had not been developed.

Leaving New Zealand in 1998, Jane based herself in London and travelled extensively around Europe. Jane credits time spent in Paris for the birth of her own creative, unique style.

Returning to New Zealand in 2000 she became a full-time artist also sharing her passion for art through teaching. Jane currently lives in Wanaka (South Island), New Zealand with her son, Sage and dog, Chester.

Jane aged 3

Jane's mother and father
A painting by her father
Jane's father
"Jane's work is atmospheric, virtuosic in its use of paint, rich in technique and conveys a relentless search to explore the essence and physicality of her medium."

Vincent Ward, Oscar Winning New Zealand Film Maker

COMMISSION A PAINTING

If your heart is set on any of Jane's paintings but they are already sold, please contact Jane to discuss your options. Jane believes that it is essential that you 'love' your painting. She has created a bullet-proof method. The process of a commission is as follows: A 50% deposit is required before completion. You will then receive an image of the painting via email. If you are happy with the painting, it will then be sent to you, allowing you further time to make a decision. If not, changes can be made until Jane reaches your satisfaction.

A W A R D S

2 0 1 5 - LONDON ART BIENNALE

'THE GREAT ESCAPE'
Private Collection, London
As New Zealand's sole representative, Jane was one of 120 international artists from 40 countries to exhibit at the prestigious event. Jane received a 'Special Mention' with her work, 'The Great Escape'. www.londonbiennale.co.uk

2 0 1 1 - BIENNALE OF CHIANCIANO, ITALY

'THE WATER THAT FELL'
Private Collection, New Zealand
Jane received third place in the Leonardo Prize at the Biennale of Chianciano, Italy. Peter Gagliardi, the Curator described Jane's work as "An excellent and breathtaking painting. The composition soft, whilst the light captured is strong and powerful. This painting is definitely a museum piece. A stimulating work that provokes contemplation." www. biennalechianciano.museodarte.org

2 0 0 9 - CRICKET ART PRIZE

'WHITE WICKETS'
Private Collection, Australia
Winner Cricket Art Prize, Australia 2009 & Finalist 2011
Jane won this $25K NZ international art prize held in Sydney. Her work was exhibited around Australia including the Bradman Museum. www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfIWrapZjGo
http://www.newshub.co.nz/entertainment/wellingtoni...

E X H I B I T I O N S

2015

London Biennale, Awarded 'Special Mention' http://www.londonbiennale.co.uk

Solo Art Auction, Museum Hotel, Wellington

2014

Solo Art Auction, Gazley Showroom, Wellington

2013

Portraiture Gallery, Wellington. ARTe (Art Enterprise) Jane Kellahan and Turi Park

2012

Parnell Gallery, Auckland, The Land of the Peacock, Solo Show.

Invited to exhibit at Art en Capital, Salon des Artistes Ind├ępendants, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Carterton Events Centre, Wairarapa. The Land of the Peacock, Solo Show

2011

Finalist Trans-Tasman Cricket Art Prize - 'Pop' Oil on Canvas

Biennale of Chianciano, Italy. Kellahan won third place in the Leonardo Prize, Works on Paper category.

Under the Patronage of the Embassy of Italy. Solo Art Auction, Wellington

2010

2010 - Wild Exhibition Group Show, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington.

Recent Paintings, Amisfield, Queenstown www.amisfield.co.nz

2009

Winner of the trans-Tasman Cricket Art Prize, Australia

Creative Charity Auctions, auctioning work from 17 leading NZ artists including Vincent Ward, Grahame Sydney, John Drawbridge and Matt Gauldie.

2008

Wai Art Awards, Wairarapa, received highly commended award

2007

Solo exhibition, Ohariu Valley, Wellington
Solo exhibition, Oriel Gallery, Picton
Waiheke Art Awards, Waiheke Community Art Gallery
Guest Artist, Ashburton Arts Society
Calendar, 12 NZ Artists
New Zealands Favourite Artists by Denis Robinson
Introducing New Zealand Artists, Kunsthandel Galerie, The Netherlands

2006

Solo exhibition, Exalt Gallery, Wellington
New Zealand's Favourite Artists book by Denis Robinson
12 New Zealand Artists Calendar

2005

Florence Biennale, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy
Ricoh Short & Sharper, Shed 11, Wellington
Auckland Art Fair, Auckland, New Zealand
Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Sydney

2004

Ricoh Short & Sharper, Shed 11, Wellington
Painting the Domestic Goddess with Sculptor, Melissa Young, Parnell Gallery, Auckland
March - Craft Arts International Magazine, Portfolio No. 210
Art Encompassing, Guest Artist, Wellington

Finalist for Integrity of the Minimal Competition, Postpicasso Gallery, United States of America

2003

February - The Foodtown Magazine, "Art for Out Sake" by Denis Robinson
New Works, Letham Gallery, Auckland
From Darkness to Light, Parnell Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Auckland

2002

Spring - "Art News" feature by Margot Prendergast
TV ONE Short & Sharper, NZAFA Galleries, Wellington
Letham Gallery, Auckland
Places of Solitude, Parnell Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Auckland

2001

Short & Sharp NZAFA Galleries, Wellington
Selected for the Royal Academy of Arts, London
Catto Gallery, London
'State of the Arts' Magazine, feature by Fiona McFarlane
'The Dominion' feature by Tom Cardy

2000

In Gallery Mode, Business Design Centre, Islington, London
Priory Art Gallery, London
Attended Central St Martins and Camberwell College of Arts, London

1999

Artex, Auckland
March - 'The Breakfast Show', TV One, New Zealand
February/ March - Art Beat, Morgan Parnell Gallery, Auckland
Morgan Street Gallery, Auckland
New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington

1998

Parnell Gallery, Auckland
New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
Short & Sharp, Wellington

1997

Norsewear Art Awards, Waipukurau
New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington

1996

New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
 

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