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Jane Cartney

JANE CARTNEY, originally from Aberdeen, is an established artist and musician currently based at her Art Studio and Gallery in Weston-super-Mare on the Somerset coast.

BIOGRAPHY
'I was born and raised in Aberdeenshire in Scotland where my father was an enlightened country dominie. My mother was also a teacher. I was encouraged to observe and learn from the world around me and to express my individuality. From an early age I demonstrated a talent for art and music, and it was with the idealistic ambition to be a painter that, in my late teens, I gave up full-time education in Aberdeen, and went to London to make my own way and to pursue independent studies.

I had set myself an ambitious goal and the road has been arduous. As well as being driven to paint I was also encouraged to develop my other talents as a singer. I lived in London for fifteen years where I worked to support myself to study life drawing, sculpture and the history of art and architecture, and to fund my training as a musician. Music became my main focus, by which time I was in Brighton where I lived for a number of years. I went on to perform professionally as an oratorio soloist and in jazz, and also qualified as a teacher. For many years I have maintained a small private teaching practice specialising in performance coaching and languages.

I moved with my husband Michael to Weston-super-Mare in 2003, and in 2006 began to paint again. I was soon invited to exhibit my paintings locally, and have since been invited to show work in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Jersey, and most recently in Budapest. Future plans include a one woman show in 2011/12 at Galleria Tondinelli in Rome.

Much of my recent work has been inspired by architecture and has developed into several series of paintings: The Boulevard Series and the Beach Road Series inspired by architecture in Weston-super-Mare, the Jedburgh Series and the Glasgow Obelisk Series. Pheasants, cats, dogs, sheep and most recently cows have also inspired series of paintings.

I now also draw on my training in life drawing to paint portraits on commission, and I continue with in-depth study of the history of art and architecture.

Photography features prominently in the creative process of my paintings and I display some of my photographs on the inspiration page of my website.

Recent paintings and a selection of early work from London and Brighton are displayed on the originals page of my website.'

STATEMENT
'I strive to express graphically the power of the subject, the mass and movement in the structure, the spectrum of colour radiating from the object, in essence the life force. The intangible inspires me to paint, in much the same way that hearing a piece of music or a particular voice inspires me to sing. I am driven to create and recreate the experience of initial inspiration and to communicate and share the sentient experience with the viewer.'

EXHIBITIONS
2012-2013
SOLO
Galleria Tondinelli, Rome, ITALY (dates and details to be confirmed)

30.4.11 - 8.5.11
NSAW Open Studio & Exhibition: Two West Country Women Painters - Jane Cartney and Val Newman
Art Studio & Gallery, rear of 80 Regent Street, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset UK

18.11.10 - 21.11.10
POSTCARDS FOR SICK KIDS
Lyon and Turnbull, Broughton Place, Edinburgh UK

24.10.10 - 12.12.10
158 AUTUMN EXHIBITION
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol UK

17.7.10 - 31.7.10
CLIFTON ARTS CLUB 102nd OPEN
The Bristol School of Art, adjacent RWA, Queens Road, Bristol UK

5.12.09 - 23.12.09
WORLD WIDE VIEW, SELECTED ART FROM FOUR CONTINENTS
Opera Gallery, Bathory utca 5. 0154 Budapest HUNGARY

18th August 2009
THE SCOTTISH CONTEMPORARY ART AUCTION, McTears, Glasgow UK

15.5.09 - 1.6.09
GALLERY ARTISTS Scottish and West Country Paintings by Alfons Jasinski RSW, Lynn Bennett-Mackenzie, Jane Cartney, Elena Kourenkova, James Munnion, Val Newman.
Regent Gallery, rear of 80 Regent Street, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset UK

1.5.09-10.5.09
North Somerset Arts Week 2009 The Weston-super-Mare Series - A representational showing of the series since the first Beach Road painting in 2006.
Regent Gallery, rear of 80 Regent Street, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset UK

3.4.09 - 25.4.09
GALLERY ARTISTS Scottish and West Country Paintings by Alfons Jasinski RSW, Lynn Bennett-Mackenzie, Jane Cartney, Elena Kourenkova, James Munnion, Val Newman. Regent Gallery, rear of 80 Regent Street, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset UK

13.11.08-16.11.08
Postcards for Sick Kids 2008, Lyon & Turnbull, 33 Broughton Place, Edinburgh, UK

14.6.08
ESSA Exhibition and Sale, Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh UK

12.2.08 – 30.4.08
Mixed Show, Regent Gallery, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset UK

23.1.08 – 15.2.08
Scottish Contemporary, Falle Fine Art, St Helier, Jersey GB

24.8.07 – 30.11.07
‘Vibrant’, Contemporary Paintings & Prints. Regent Gallery, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset UK

15.9.07 – 22.9.07
W-s-M Arts Festival 2007 Contemporary Art Exhibition, 'Jane Cartney The Weston-super-Mare Series’, Winter Gardens, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset UK

4.5.07 - 13.5.07
'Debut and Retrospective', Open Studio Exhibition, North Somerset Arts Week 2007, Somerset UK

14.2.07 - 4.5.07
‘The Beach Road Series and Other Recent Work’, Studio Galleries at The Frame Station, Weston - super – Mare, Somerset UK

19.9.06 – 14.10.06
'Photography and Beyond', North Somerset Museum,
Weston-super-Mare Arts Festival, Somerset UK