About Jane Gardiner


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Moody Cow Jane is an artist, based in Glasgow, who grew up by the seaside in Ayrshire. She drew obsessively as a child (as well as reading too many books) but was seduced when a teenager by science and graduated in Medicine from Glasgow University in 1998. A couple of years later she started attending life drawing again and the support and friendship she found there reminded her of earlier passions.

Since then she has established herself as a working artist, taking part in the RGI and PAI regularly since 2009. She had her first solo show at Mansfield Park Gallery in 2014, is part of the BP Portrait Exhibition 2016, and has been selected for the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize Exhibition 2015 and the ING Discerning Eye 2016. She has collectors across Europe, in the U.S.A and the Middle East, as well as Australia and Trinidad. Several works are in public collections, including the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow University.

Currently there are three interconnected strands to her work – drawings, figurative work including portraits, and museum paintings. The drawings started as preparatory works for figurative paintings, but have now become independent. They are an exploration of mood and emotion, and she finds that graphite in various forms works well for this. A respect for the medium and an interest in mark making is evident in all her work – in the museum paintings it expresses itself as a pleasure in the tactility and colour of oil paint. These are generally done in one go on pre-prepared boards and are based on things found in museums. Some of the denizens and features of the museums appear in the figurative work, as well as the rich visual heritage of previous makars working as an inspiration and guidance.

The stories people tell visually form the main body of her work, ranging from small intimate portraits to large multi figure works. Props, often handmade, are available to the models so that different aspects of character and imagination can be expressed. Everyone responds and chooses differently, but all end up being transported back to childhood, and the commonest reason for reference photos to be unusable is because of too much laughter.

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