Jane Kell is a colourist working within the tradition of realism who aims to push the boundary with colour and form to achieve a semi-abstract quality. In the beginning she painted landscapes and still-life but in recent years she has chosen to use colour in an abstract way and these paintings are on a much larger scale. Currently she works both figuratively and abstractly and enjoys how the two approaches feed into 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 Brittany 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.
In 2018 Jane was one of five artists commissioned by the Belmond Cadogan Hotel to paint a series of large abstract paintings which would form the centrepiece of the bedrooms and suites in the newly re-opened luxury hotel. The paintings were bold and intensely coloured and have provided a new direction.
Based in London for the last sixteen years, in Spring 2019 Jane re-located to Washington DC where she now lives and works from her home studio. She paints fulltime often inspired by the signts and sounds of the surrounding landscape. The effect of light on water and the colours in nature are recurring themes in her work.
The experience of working in France, en plein air has given her work a looser more immediate feel