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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

Painting 'Passion' at Matt Gauldie's studio in 2000
Painting 'Passion' at Matt Gauldie's studio in 2000

Wanaka based artist, Jane Kellahan is an internationally exhibited and award winning painter with 25 years experience.  

Jane creates thought-provoking, emotive, atmospheric works. Organically crafted onto wood and paper, these paintings are composed using raw materials such as sand and stones that are gathered from the southern lakes and land surrounding her. A combination of sensuous oils and a variety of mediums create textures that produce powerful paintings with resonant depth imbued with light and potency. 

In October, Jane received 'Overall First Prize' at the Wanaka Arts Society Art Exhibition. 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 prestigious 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'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.

In Jane's youth, she was a natural athlete. She was an 'A' team member for netball and water polo, a consistent swimming champ and competed for 15 years, showjumping and eventing, representing Wellington. 

Leaving New Zealand in 1998, Jane based herself in London for two years and travelled extensively around Europe. 

"The turning point of my painting career happened in 1999 in the streets of Paris where I visited hundreds of galleries. I observed artist’s delicate lines and the way paint was applied. As I stood inside a gallery, something clicked and my individual style was born," says Jane.

Jane currently lives in Wanaka (South Island), New Zealand.

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.

AWARDS

2018 - WANAKA ARTS SOCIETY ANNUAL EXHIBITION

'RAINFALL'
Overall First Prize
Wanaka, New Zealand

2015 - 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

2011 - 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

2009 - 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...

EXHIBITIONS

2018

'Call of the Mountains', is Jane's solo, annual exhibition to raise public awareness and to celebrate and acknowledge the volunteers of Land Search and Rescue in Wanaka. In 2018 Jane raised $2,500 for LandSAR. These events were held at the Queenstown Arts Centre and Rippon Hall, Wanaka. 

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

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 Indépendants, 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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