Jane Kell is a British painter currently based in London, originally from North Yorkshire.
Jane is primarily an abstract painter and colourist using oils to paint directly onto the canvas with no preliminary drawing. She works initially with thinned down paint to map out the space, and then applies thicker impasto layers to build up the picture. Sometimes a painting might be finished in one session, other times it might go through many stages and rethinks over several days. Her aim is to reduce the painting to essential elements, often choosing to leave a section of the canvas unfinished or removing details that seems significant at the beginning. These decisions are instinctive and spontaneous and can result in paintings changing dramatically during the process. She enjoys the push and pull of this method and not knowing how a painting will look on completion.
She has a degree in the History and Theory of Art from Essex University and started painting in 2010 after working for many years in publishing and public relations.
In 2019 she re-located to Washington DC where she showed with the Amy Kaslow Gallery, and a solo show in October 2020 was a sell-out and she was subsequently appointed artist-in-residence. Her second solo show at the gallery in 2021 was featured and reviewed by the Washington Post. During this time in Washington her work was collected throughout the US, with paintings travelling to Florida, NYC, Michigan and Alabama. In addition her work was selected to appear in the Phillips Collection Centenary Exhibition in Washington DC in that year.
Jane returned to her home in West London in April 2022 and is now focused on preparing for exhibitions throughout the UK, including at Gallery East, in 2023 and 2024.
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