"My paintings are celebrations, expressions of delight in my immediate environment and the people and events that touch my life."
has been Patron of the Nelson Arts Festival since its inception in
1995, and she was made an honorary life member of the Adam Chamber Music
Festival. She is also an honorary life member of the Nelson Suter Art
Society. Jane was the resident judge for the first 5 years of WOW. She
was a member of the Steering commitee for the Suter 2000 project from
1999 to 2008. Jane was a member of the Trust Board of the Suter Art
Gallery, Te Aratoi o Whakatu for two years. She retired from this
position in October 2010 and at that time was appointed to a newly
created position as "Ambassador of the Suter Art Gallery"
Jane Evans has
worked as a full-time painter since leaving art school (Ilam,
Christchurch 1965; Waltham Forest School of Art, London 1966).
She had exhibited widely both nationally and internationally (San
Francisco; Memphis; The Bahamas, USA; London; Ulster, Northern
Ireland, UK; Melbourne, Brisbane, Australia; Hong Kong).
contemporary New Zealand art expectations a respectable margin, Jane
Evans has always charted her own course, adapting those aspects of 20th
century art which celebrate colour, liveliness, humanity and visual
delight within the context of her life experience.”
'Jane - the Place and Paintings of Jane Evans', 1979, sponsored
by TVNZ and QEII Arts Council. Directed by John Reid. Film crew:
Alun Bollinger, Michael Hardcastle, Lee Tamahori. Music Stephen
Various TV programmes on lifestyle as a painter.
Listed in Allgemeines
Kunstlerlexikon (AKU) (International Dictionary of Artists), 1995.
Jane was made an Officer of the New Zealand
Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to painting in 1997.
Excerpts from the introduction to the exhibition
“The Colours of Nelson by Jane Evans
Celebrating the Suter Collection” held at The Suter Te Aratoi o Whakatu, 27th October-10th December 2006.
Written by, Collection Registrar, Anna-Marie White, curator of this exhibition.
“Jane Evans (ONZM) is
one of Nelson’s most respected and highly regarded artists. She rose to
prominence in the late 1970s with her exuberant style and bold
colouration, during a time when New Zealand art was dominated by a
serious and monochromatic outlook. Never a slave to fashion, Jane’s
individual streak, both in her art and life, has ensured an enduring
popularity and following all of its own.
In many respects,
Jane has maintained a distance from academic approaches to art. She
found formal art training to be incompatible with her intuitive style;
instead, the opportunity to travel at an early age enabled her to study
the work of the great masters, particularly that of Chagall, Matisse and
Dufy, who continue to be a pervasive influence in her work.
Consequently, Jane’s work carries a distinct continental flavour, which
places her at odds with national discourses of art. In addition, Jane
has never made her work for the gallery environment: she is ever mindful
of the domestic viewer and has meaningful relationships with those who
purchase and live with her art. This consideration combined with the
primacy of her visual language
- that being colour - explains Jane’s success as a full time artist
despite working outside the conventions of the fine art world.
in style, Jane’s painting is very much of Nelson. Her oeuvre captures
the iconic traits of Nelson life and has significantly contributed to
the visual vernacular of Nelson art and community. One could simply
Jane, as an astute observer, successfully captures the vital qualities
of Nelson light, colour and community.
But Jane is not just an observer-she is an active participant, a
diplomat of life whose vision errs on the side of the joyful and
celebratory. Her paintings carry a psychological filter in which life’s
charms are emphasized- a world where colours sizzle, lines dance and
forms burst forth with a rhythmic dynamism. In this respect, Jane’s
practice tells us as much about her own philosophy as it does about
Nelson and its people………………………………………………………………..
The Suter Te Aratoi o
Whakatu has eleven paintings by Jane Evans, making her one of the most
represented artists in the collection.”