Jane Kell is a British artist living and working in Washington DC. She paints with oils ‘alla prima’, working freehand straight onto the canvas without preliminary drawing. It is a fluid, exciting process which requires total concentration. She is a colourist rooted in the tradition of realism but aims to push the boundaries with colour and form. She paints both figuratively and abstractly and finds the two practices support each other: ‘My abstract sensibility with colour helps the figurative paintings and the rigour and discipline of the former feed into the abstract work.’
In May 2017, she participated in an international artist-in-residence scheme based in France where she painted 'en plein air' for the first time. This immersive experience has intensified her interest in landscape, and she has produced a series inspired by water and landscapes reflected in water.
Jane was one of five British artists commissioned by the Belmond Cadogan to create a series of large paintings for their prestigious hotel in Chelsea. Since 2018, her work has become more abstract and she has been working on a larger scale.
In Autumn 2019 there will be a solo show of Jane Kell’s work at The Old School Gallery, in Alnmouth, Northumbria featuring sixteen new paintings, also in October she will be showing a series of three large abstract paintings at Silson Contemporary, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.