Ceridwen Jane Gray SGFA

About Jane

Whilst recognising that artifice is a survival tool
and  is also one of power, I try to see past the
facades of myself, of others and my surroundings
to find the essence – delving into chaos –to
glimpse the true nature of the subject. In this way
the essence is perceived.

I seek to express this perception through the
style of painting that I call Organic Expressionism
where my paintings evolve rather than are preconceived.
The paintings are built up through many layers of
different materials and glazes in order to express the
depth and complexity that constitutes our journey through life.
All are abstractions to agreater or lesser degree.

I have been influenced by everything under the
sun, but particularly the work of Kandinsky,
Rauschenburg, Frankenthaler, Rothko, Abstract
Expressionism, Symbolism and the Bauhaus.

Education

Highclare College, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire
Stourbridge High School, Worcestershire.

1960 – 1963: Attended Stourbridge Art College
1965 – 1966: Worked at The Tate Gallery, London
1967:               Worked for C.H.Naake Ltd PictureFraming,
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Appeared on television in an Art critique
program with artist Marshall Baron,
1968 -1969:  Worked as a picture framer for Busbys,
Kidderminster,Worcestershire
1969 – 1993: Married and went to live in Zimbabwe.
Moved to Cape Town, South Africa
with my husband and two children.
Ran my own business and began
painting seriously again in 1993.
2003:              Returned to live in the UK, now paints
full time

Further Art Courses

Life Drawing – Frank Joubert Art School, Cape Town
Painting – Ruth Prowse Art School, Cape Town
Creative Drawing – Natale Labia Museum, Cape Town
Etching Workshop – Simonstown, Cape Town
Colour Art Workshop – Cape Town

Exhibitions

1994 – Group Exhibition, Hout Bay, Cape Town,SA
1995 – Group Exhibition, Sembach Gallery, SA
1996 – Assoc. for Visual Arts (AVA) Members Exhib, SA
1997 – Assoc. for Visual Arts (AVA) Members Exhib, SA
1998 – Assoc. for Visual Arts (AVA) Members Exhib,  SA
2001 – Original Cape Art (by invitation only), SA
South African Society Of Artists (SASA)
Annual Exhibition, Cape Town, SA
2002 – Simons Town Art Group Annual Exhibition,  SA
SASA Summer Exhibition (selected artists only),SA
SASA Centenary Exhibition, Cape Town,SA
2003 – United Society of Artists, London
2004/05- Solo exhibition, The Hogarth, Chiswick, London
2007/08- Wadhurst September exhibition
2008-  Joint exhibition with Catherine Redmayne, TWAS
2009 Solo Show, St Julians Club, Sevenoaks
2009 Cranbrook Art Show, Kent
2009 SEOS
2010 Wadhurst September Exhibition, Kent
2010 SEOS
2010 Battle Contemporary Fine Art Fair, Battle
2011 Joint Exhibition, Bean, Tunbridge Wells
2011 SEOS
2011 Battle Contemporary Fine Art Fair, Battle
2011 Solo Show, Ashdown Gallery, Forest Row
2011 Society Of Graphic Fine Artists (SGFA) London
2012 Royal Institute Of Painters In Water Colours, Mall Galleries, London
2012 Affordable Art fair, Battersea, London
2012 Glasgow Art Fair, Scotland

Awards

2001 – SASA award – Highly commended for “Alchemy”
2011 – Society Of Graphic Fine Artists, London – Highly Commended for Work In Subtle Colour

Galleries

Saffron Gallery, Battle
West End House Gallery, Smarden
Dark Horse Gallery, Mayfield
Ashdown Gallery, Forest Row
Dadbrook Gallery, Aylesbury

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