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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


Wanaka based, Wellington born, self-taught artist, Jane Kellahan has been painting for 25 years.

Jane has received international awards for her atmospheric, emotive, thought-provoking paintings. Organically crafted onto paper, wood, and canvas, her works are composed using raw materials such as sand, stones, and leaves that are gathered from the southern lakes and land surrounding her. Jane uses sensuous oils and mediums to create textures that produce light, depth, and potency. Her subject matter is often related to environmental issues.

2019 - Jane exhibited her painting, ‘Beefore the End’ at the London Biennale. The purpose of this work was to raise awareness about the importance of Bees. Jane also received the 'Overall First Prize' at the Wanaka Arts Society, Art Exhibition. 

2018 - Jane created two 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 a portion of her sales.

2015 - Received a '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.

2011 - Third place in the 'Leonardo Prize' at the Biennale of Chianciano, Italy with her painting,  ‘The Water that Fell’. 

2009 - Winner of the prestigious $25k Australian Cricket Art Prize with her work, 'White Wickets’. This piece was exhibited at the Bradman Museum and toured around Australia. 

2005 - Exhibited at the 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. 


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.



Overall First Prize
Wanaka, New Zealand


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


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


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




Overall winner of the Wanaka Arts Society Exhibition.

'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. 


'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. 


London Biennale, Awarded 'Special Mention' 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.

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


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


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

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


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.


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
Calendar, 12 NZ Artists
New Zealands 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


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


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

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