Jane Oldfield

Jane Oldfield

Artist, Curator

Jane Oldfield is developing work concerning flying. This provides a focus which connects the variety of her visual work - mainly painting on a variety of surfaces, but also 3D pieces and performance. Learning gliding at the Booker Gliding Club has a very important part in this.

"For me Peter Lanyon’s ‘Soaring Flight’ exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery this autumn has been very special. (It was inspired by his gliding.) His reference to the painter, J M W Turner, is particularly important to me as I have learned much about him while being involved  in the campaign to save Sandycombe Lodge, the house he designed and built in St Margaret’s.

Peter Lanyon (an internationally renowned 1950s/60s abstract landscape painter from Cornwall) ….” This is why I do gliding myself, to get actually into the air and get a further sense of depth and space into yourself, as it were, into your own body, and then carry it through into painting, I think this is a further extension of what Turner was doing” (55pp  Sam Smiles (2012) ‘Flight and the Artistic Imagination’ Compton Verney)                (Lanyon was an experienced glider pilot but died following a crash into a local hill aged only 46 in 1964)

Basically I am a painter, mainly in acrylics on canvas. Also I like to use charcoal and oils, and experiment with different surfaces. Most of my work is small or medium size, but I am increasingly refreshing my practice by expanding into 3D and performance (JaneAir), when this seems opportunity seems appropriate.

The main series I am working on suggests the future evolution of people towards flying people - spiritually as well as physically. I prefer to imagine people changing toward the shapes of gliders rather than developing birds’ (or angels’) wings. Matisse showed me a way to play with cutouts and Aldeburgh beach provided the wind to fly them from the Lookout."

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Location Twickenham, London
Activities Practice-based research, Art historical research, Residencies, Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Digital, Drawing, Painting, Performance, Photography
Tags Flying, Painting, Photocollage, Sluice, xvi collective, Bad Behaviour, ALAS residency, Birds, Insects, Planes
Website http://www.janeoldfield.co.uk/