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“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


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 and 24ct gold leaf 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.


2019 - Winner, Overall First Prize

Wanaka Arts Society, New Zealand

2018 - Winner, Overall First Prize

Wanaka Arts Society, New Zealand

2015 - Special Mention of Excellence

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. .www.londonbiennale.co.uk

2011 -Third, Leonardo Prize

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

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



  • '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.


  •  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.


  • '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. 


  • '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


  • Solo Art Auction, Gazley Showroom, Wellington


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


  • Parnell Gallery, Auckland, The Land of the Peacock, Solo Show
  • Carterton Events Centre, Wairarapa. The Land of the Peacock, Solo Show



  • Wild Exhibition Group Show, NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington.
  • Recent Paintings, Amisfield, Queenstown www.amisfield.co.nz



  • Wai Art Awards, Wairarapa, received highly commended award


  • 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


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


    • 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' 


    • 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


    • 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


    • 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


    • 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


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


    • 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


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


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


    • New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington


    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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