Jane Kell is a colourist working within the tradition of realism who pushes the boundary with colour and form to achieve a semi-abstract quality in her work. From the start she painted landscapes and still-life but more recently she has chosen to use colour in an abstract way and these paintings are larger scale. She works figuratively and abstractly and enjoys how both approaches support each other.
Jane paints with oils ‘alla prima’ painting directly onto the canvas with no preliminary drawing. She uses handmade oil colours made with natural pigments and works initially with thinned down paints to map out the space, and then applies thicker impasto layers of paint to build up the painting. She enjoys the tactile, physical quality of the paint and spontaneity of this method.
In 2017 she took part in an artist residency in France which gave her the opportunity to work 'en plein air' for the first time, it was an exciting experience working outside and connecting with the landscape in an immersive, direct way.
Based in London for the last sixteen years, in Spring 2019 Jane re-located to Washington DC where she now lives and works. She paints fulltime from her home studio and is inspired by the surrounding landscape. The effect of light on water and the colours in nature and the manmade environment are recurring themes in her work. Since 2017 she has worked on a series of 'Pool' paintings and she enjoys the colours and abstract shapes which the subjects present. The Pool paintings continue to be of interest as they allow her to combine key figurative elements into work with a strong abstract sensibility.
The experience of working in France, en plein air has given her work a looser more immediate feel