JANE FISHER | artist
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Artists statement

My studio, part of a converted mill in the Cotswold Valleys, is three miles from home, a long way from my roots in the Far East. In a life well travelled the inspiration for my work comes from a myriad of sources but the overwhelming influences has been to my use of bright colour, strong imagery and my love of drawing with sculptural line.

The underwater paintings tempt the viewer to dive into the space; looking at water, being in water creates sensations, encourages thought and awakens personal memories.

I prefer to work in series of paintings, pursuing new themes alongside the old, using oils, acrylics, inks, gesso, drawing, printing, painting as the images evolve. The most recent work have been the life size orchids, painted in oils on the finest primed cotton canvas.

I have always painted and drawn but since completing a Fine Art Degree at Cheltenham in 2001 it has become a full time profession.Exhibiting at the Jerwood Drawing Show in 2000 launched my professional career with both drawings being purchased by private collectors. Selling all the work from my final degree show helped finance my studio. Since then I have had two successful solo exhibitions; been involved in several invited artists shows organised by galleries and taken part in Open Studios during the annual Stroud Visual Arts Festival.

To make sure I don’t relax too much the last six years have been divided between my own painting and the ownership/management of Pegasus Art Shop. It is great to be involved with a business that I know something about and to have an enthusiastic team of artist staff who also know a great deal about the art materials we sell. An added bonus is talking to all the artist customers we meet or are in contact with through the website.


Solo Exhibitions

2005 Open House Exhibition June in Box, Gloucestershire

2002 ‘An Ocean of Mirrors’

May 2002 The Ruskin Mill Gallery, Nailsworth, Glos New paintings and drawings


Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 May-July 'Physicality'  at New Brewery Arts, Cirencester showcasing works by artists inspired by the London Olympics, six paintings by Jane Fisher including the fabulous Splash Dive.

2006 July Art in Amberley – Invited Artists

2006 June ‘Contemporary Drawing Show’ Invited Artists – Ruskin Mill, Gloucestershire

2006 June - Pegasus Art Studio Artists Exhibition Gloucestershire

2005 May – June ‘Alive and Kicking’ Invited artists at University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham

2004 July Amberley Art Show, Gloucestershire Taster Exhibition - Museum in the Park for the Stroud Arts Festival 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

2004 February - March ‘Invited Artists’ Retrospective exhibition at The Malvern Theatre organised by the Cowleigh Gallery, Malvern

2003 June Dyers Mill Open Studio Exhibition

2003 June Contemporary Drawing Exhibition – Ruskin Mill, Gloucestershire

2002 June ‘Summer Gathering Exhibition’ Minchinhampton organised by the Rope Store Gallery, Gloucestershire

2002 June Open Studio Exhibition, Dyers Mill Gallery Gloucestershire

2001 May ‘Made Flesh’, Site-specific Exhibition, FCH Chapel, Cheltenham

2001 April ‘String of Pearls Exhibition’, Nailsworth Festival 2001, Ruskin Mill Gallery

2000 October ‘Works on Paper by Emerging Artists’ R.K.Burt Gallery, London

2000 September – 2001 April Jerwood Drawing Show – formerly the Open Drawing Exhibition Cheltenham 2000, Hull and Kunsthalle Sierre, Switzerland

2000 April Life After Death Exhibition, Double Reynolds Building, Gloucester Docks

2000 May ‘Locations’ Double Reynolds Building, Gloucester Docks

BA Hons Fine Art – Cheltenham Art School, part of University of Gloucestershire. Studied painting under Emma Talbot, Prof. Anita Taylor, Paul Thomas and Michael Williams

Graduated with a fine art degree in painting 2001 from Univ. of Glos. Born and brought up in the Far East, influenced by the delicate line work from China and Japan.

Drawing as an integral part of my work. The series of drawings made at the birth of a baby were worked with strong defining lines, working very fast, completing a page every minute. The idea was to show the emotion, the power and the sheer effort using the briefest outlines, putting together the narrative. I like to experiment with space and marks on paper, can the composition of drawings provoke the same tension as colour provides on a painted surface.

Research studies at college included the role of pure line in Matisse’s work and my dissertation exploring whether drawing will become a credible force for artists in the 21st Century. Two drawings accepted into the Open Drawing Exhibition (now the Jerwood Drawing Show) in 2000.

Sole exhibition at Ruskin Mill in 2002 included over 20 drawings. Exhibited in many group shows and planning a further Solo exhibition at Ruskin Mill in 2007.