Artist Statement

JANE THORNE

Graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts Jane was influenced by several of her peers and tutors including Martin Ball and Frances Hansen. She has exhibited with many Auckland galleries, including Uxbridge, McPherson Gallery and Railway St Gallery and has work in private collections in Europe and New Zealand.

Insects are the dominant feature in most of her paintings as she finds them endlessly fascinating with their unique shapes and colours. Jane is intrigued by the obsessive nature of collectors and evolutionists; rather than collect the actual bugs and beetles, She hoards images and use these as inspiration for new works.

Using the medium of acrylic on wood panel for most paintings, a loose brush stroke is often used in the background with intricate details overlaying to describe with as much accuracy the insects themselves.

Jane’s work brings attention to unseen spaces and details moments that might otherwise be considered mundane often with a surreal quality. However, her work is equally influenced by snapshots of reality that have been significant in her own life, telling stories of personal histories.

Exhibitions

1998

‘The Painting Sampler’. Pakuranga Community and Cultural Centre, Auckland.

‘Young Artists’. SOCA (Studio of Contemporary Art), Auckland.

Alteration’. Soliloquy Gallery, Auckland.

1999

Painters at Work’. Pakuranga Community and Cultural Centre, Auckland.

2000

‘Artist Collective’. CITE Gallery, Auckland.

What the Bloody Hell is That?’ CITE Gallery, Auckland.

‘Terra Incognita’. Uxbridge Gallery, Auckland.

100×100’. McPherson Gallery, Auckland

2003

‘It’s the Little Things’. PPG, Auckland.

‘100×100’. McPherson Gallery, Auckland

2004

‘100×100’. McPherson Gallery, Auckland

‘Art on the Buses’. Auckland Britomart, Auckland.

2005

100×100’. McPherson Gallery, Auckland.

2006

Group Show’. Imitate Art Gallery, Manchester, UK.

100×100’. McPherson Gallery, Auckland.

2007

‘100×100’. McPherson Gallery, Auckland

2008

‘Strangelands’. Cross St Studios, Auckland.

2009

‘Waiheke Art Awards-Finalists Exhibition’. Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Waiheke.

‘Drawings and Paintings on Paper’. Orexart, Auckland.

2010

‘Braveheart Trust Exhibition’. Auckland Showgrounds, Auckland.

2013

‘Origin of Species’ Solo Exhibition. Railway St Studios, Newmarket, Auckland.

‘Dornwell Studios 1st Annual Group Show’. Railway St Studios, Newmarket, Auckland.

‘Paper Pigment Wax’ Oxford Gallery, Oxford, NZ.

2015

‘Dornwell Studios Group exhibition’. Railway St Studios, Newmarket, Auckland.

2016

Mail Art exhibition. Bibliotheque Francophone Multimedia, Limoges, France.

‘Select’-A group exhibition. Northart Gallery, Northcote, Auckland.

2018

‘Make Yourself at Home’ -Solo Exhibition. Railway St Gallery, Auckland

2019

International Mail Art exhibition– Maison Du Patrimoine, France

‘The Art of Death’ – Highwic House, Epsom

4 thoughts on “Artist Statement

    1. littleblackbugs Post author

      Thanks celia! Just been checking out your website. Gorgeous leaf imagery…Love your pic up on my guest bedroom wall (my favourite room in the house )hugs and happiness from up here! x

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