Jane Hyder is a New Zealand artist born in Christchurch and living in Wellington.
She paints in a colourful expressionist style seeking to express feelings and issues that she cares about. Jane started painting as a child and has exhibited since 1994.
A course with Richard Kenton-Webb at the Slade School of Art, University College, London developed the big, bold, spiritual side of her work. In 2002 Jane attended a workshop with Dick Frizell in Tuscany, Italy; his encouragement and recognition of her ability has brought a new confidence to her work.
Jane’s fascination with colour, texture and paint application is evident in her ‘Pacific Renaissance’ Series.
The ‘Joy of Life’ series explores cultural identity and Jane’s journey as a fourth generation New Zealander to find meaning and inspiration in New Zealand, and to break free from the ‘Call of Europe’.
Jane’s work is held in public and private collections in New Zealand, Australia, France and the United Kingdom.
Marsden School, Wellington Chilton St. James School, Wellington Massey University Library, Wellington Inverlochy Art School Collection, Wellington
The published book "Jane Hyder Artworks" is held in:
Te Papa Library, Wellington National Library, Wellington Wellington Public Library Auckland Art Gallery Library The Museum of City and Sea, Wellington The Christchurch Art Gallery Library Massey Library, Wellington The Hocken Library, University of Otago
1999 "Fiosele" purchased by Sue Kedgley M.P. 2004 "The Promised Land" (mono print) purchased by Russell Marshall - N.Z High Commissioner to the UK
Jane Hyder solo exhibition at New Zealand House (London) "Pacific Renaissance" - 2004 Jane Hyder solo exhibition at The New Dowse (Wellington) "Give & Take" - 2008 Jane Hyder solo exhibition at DAF 106 (Wellington) "Renew" - 2008 Massey University Graduate exhibition at Shed 11 (Wellington) - 2007 Group exhibition at Enjoy Gallery (Wellington) - 2008 Group exhibition at Solander Gallery (Wellington) - 2008 Group exhibition at Auckland Cathedral ("Art & Faith" exhibit) Group exhibition at Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul ("Arts Encompassing")
Adam Art Gallery (Victoria University), Wellington City Gallery, Wellington Engine Room (Massey University), Wellington
1993 Tutor's Certificate, Wellington Polytechnic (Massey University) 1998 Elam, University of Auckland 1999 Group Art Study Tour - Italy & France 2001 Mitchel School of Art with Peter Griffin , Bathurst University, Australia 2001 Group Art Study Tour - Spain & Greece 2001 Painting workshop with Dick Frizell, Italy 2001 Slade School of Art, University College, London 2005-2009 Graduate Diploma of Fine Arts, Massey University, Wellington
2001 Six Designs chosen by Save The Children New Zealand for nationwide distribution
Review by Hamish Clayton, B.A. (Art History Hons Victoria University, Wellington ) Nov 2008:
For Jane Hyder "art and faith come from the same place." Working in a fauve-expressionist style on both canvas and wood her paintings draw on highly poetic yet richly illustrative imagery. While canvases may have extra cloth stitched into them, making them into layered collages, a series of doorways opening within wooden archways retain an element of design through their carpented aesthetic. Yet both approaches yield narratives expressed through symbolist gestures. Adorning the paintings' surfaces are expressions of a joie de vivre that seek and deserve comparison with Chagall, for, like Chagall, Jane's paintings point to an underlying belief that art is a state soul. Incorporated into this belief is the proximity of the spiritual to the material: her recent works are not merely paintings but art objects whose surfaces cherish both the decoration upon them and their own physicality. These are colourist paintings that could be transported as though personal icons, but, embedded with the histories of their own production, their iconography becomes suggestive of the importance of the art-making processs to the artist. The narratives here are thus double-sided. There are both the narratives of the art objects' histories, and the narratives which the paintings themselves depict: the journeys implied by the figures on ladders, in pairs, or alone, whose ascensions are symbolised by open windows. Above all these are paintings which translate faith, through the creative process, into art, and, and turn offer a gift, a generosity of spirit, from the artist to the viewer.