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BIO, AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS

“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, Film Director/Artist, New Zealand

BIOGRAPHY

Wellington born, Wanaka-based artist Jane Kellahan has been a force to reckon with in the art scene for over 25 years. Her evocative, atmospheric and thought-provoking paintings, often conveying an environmental message, have won her numerous national and international accolades.

Crafted onto canvas, paper and wood, Jane’s work incorporates organic materials gathered from the southern lakes district with sensuous oils and mediums to create compelling visual textures that convey depth, potency and an exquisite dance of light. 

Jane also creates ceramics, sculpture and photography and regularly runs creative workshops for children and adults.

AWARDS

2019 - Winner, Overall First Prize

'MOUNTAIN STORM'
Wanaka Arts Society, New Zealand


2018 - Winner, Overall First Prize

'RAINFALL'
Wanaka Arts Society, New Zealand

2015 - Special Mention of Excellence

'THE GREAT ESCAPE'
London Art Biennale, United Kingdom
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 of Excellence' with her work, 'The Great Escape'. The concept of this painting is to express the urgency, for all life to leave our planet because the human's have completed destroyed it. A chimp can be seen at the bottom right,with its hand on its head in disbelief. A desperate, dying dog lays on its back with its teeth showing at bottom as well. An eagle hitchhikes on the back of a white swan. An elephant is left crying for help.www.londonbiennale.co.uk

2011 -Third, Leonardo Prize

'THE WATER THAT FELL'
Biennale of Chianciano, Italy
Private Collection, New Zealand
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

2009 - Winner

'WHITE WICKETS'
Cricket Art Prize, Australia
Private Collection, Australia
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...

EXHIBITIONS

2019

  • 'Overall Winner' of the Wanaka Arts Society Exhibition.
  • 'Gold Rush', solo show, Wanaka Fine Art Gallery.
  • London Biennale with painting 'Beefore the End'. Raising awareness about the importance of Bees.
  • Newspaper article https://i.stuff.co.nz/dominion...
  • World of Art Magazine, Issue 8, Volume 2.

2018

  •  Judge at the Art Awards, Queenstown Arts Centre.  
  • 'Overall Winner' of the Wanaka Arts Society Exhibition with her work 'Rainfall'.
  • Jane created two 'Call of the Mountains' exhibitions in Queenstown and Wanaka. These events were to show gratitude to the Land Search and Rescue volunteers and pay tribute to the lives lost. Jane donated $2550 to Wanaka Land SAR.

2016

  • 'Triumph and Disaster' held at The Boat Shed in Wellington. Stories and artwork to celebrate New Zealand sporting heros. The exhibition included Bob Blair, Catriona Williams and Gary Knight who attended the evening. Other works included Ivan Mauger, Dave Gallagher, William Truebridge, and Paige Hareb. Money was raised and donated to The Wanderers Cricket Club. 

2015

  • 'Special Mention of Excellence' at the London Art Biennale with her work, ‘The Great Escape’. As New Zealand's sole representative, she was one of 120 international artists. 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
  • Carterton Events Centre, Wairarapa. The Land of the Peacock, Solo Show

2011

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 Jane's winning entry piece was called 'White Wickets’. This work was exhibited at the Bradman Museum and toured around 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
  • New Zealand's 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
    • Work featured in Denis Robinson's book, 'New Zealand's Favourite Artists' 

    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, Post Picasso Gallery, USA

    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

    COMMISSION A PAINTING

    Choosing the right piece of artwork for your home can sometimes be difficult as size and colour are important factors.

    "I really enjoy creating personal artworks for people. Not only is it challenging, i love the process of working with another person to create magic", says Jane.

    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: You simply send a photo of your room and space where it is going to be hung. Then we discuss your requirements. A 50% deposit is required before completion. You will then receive an image of the painting. 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. Payments can be over 1 - 3 months.

     

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