Jane likes to work mainly in stone, carving straight into it without a preconception of the finished piece; taking suggestions from plant or human forms. She allows the innate quality that the stone contains, help form the piece. A recent commission, a wedding present from groom to bride, worked with two forms, interconnected yet separate and took the leaf/pod shapes Jane had been working with into further abstraction.
For the piece 'Axe' she wrote, the cover of the book I was given to work from, 'Axe' by Ed McBain, has the image of an axe stuck into a log. This reminded me about an ancient axe-head that I saw in Sardinia. This developed into an idea for a stone carving inspired by the form of an axe-head, lying in a bowl shaped piece of carved wood. I want to transform the aggressive image on the book cover into something more resonant.
Jane also makes paintings about the sense of place of an object in a landscape. For example standing stones, stone buildings, beach huts. Particularly this is in regard to their situation in, and relationship to, the landscape and light.
Processes and techniques
When stone carving Jane works mainly with hand tools to cut the stone. The work is usually on a small scale and made in the studio, although recently she assisted on a woodcarving project, carving oak tree trunks into totem poles for a local community group. She works in a variety of stone from marble to granite.
Her paintings are oil on canvas although she is currently thinking of changing her painting technique.
She has also recently trained in chainsaw carving in order to work on larger wood carving projects such as community benches.
Landscape, archeology, pictish, plants, human energy fields
Jane trained as a painter at Camberwell Art College (BA Hons degree) and since moving into sculpture has done a part-time course at City and Guilds College, Kennington, as well as working with the sculptor Pat Rae.
She has exhibited in many group exhibitions, including most recently, 'Booked', an exhibition by Bilco at Hall Place, Bexley. She also has sculptures at Broomhill Art Hotel, N. Devon.
For the last two summers she has been a resident artist in Skyros, Greece, carving local marble.
Jane has also had a lot of teaching experience including many workshops for Arts Express - a charity she helped to set up in 1999.
She has recently set up the group Contact Arts and has completed a pebble mosaic 'Komodo' for Bellenden Renewal Scheme.
In 2005 she will be carving panels for the flood defence walls in Bewdley, Worcestershire.
- 2009 Jane Higginbottom, Dartmouth Arms / Pippa Graber Art Dog, Forest Hill London
- 2007 Recent Sculptures, Jeannie Avent Gallery, Dulwich - London
- 2009 Natures Systems, Jeannie Avent Gallery, Dulwich London
- 2008 Oil and Stone, Jeannie Avent Gallery, Dulwich London
- 2007 Mixed exhibition, Jenny Granger Gallery, Whistable, Whistable
- 2007 Artists in Residence, Morley College, Lambeth
- 2005 The Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London
- 2004 Christmas Ex, Beyond the Valley, London
- 2003 The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
- 2002 Open Studios, St James Studio, London
- 2002 Jill on the Green, Hastings/White Rock Theatre, Hastings
- 2002 Booked, Hall Place, Bexley
- 2001 Southwark Festival, HSBC Bank
- 2001 Raw Canvas, Aldwych
- 2001 Booked, Waterstones, Piccadilly
- 2000 Broomhill Sculpture Garden, North Devon
- 2000 Landscape 2000 exhibition, Earls Court
- 2000 Southwark Festival, Neils Yard Dairy
- 1999 The Paton Gallery, London
- 1999 Michelham Priory Sculpture Trail
- 1998 The Lost Gallery, Aberdeenshire
- 1998 Portland Museum, Stonecarving on Display
- 1997 Lowick House Printmaking Touring Exhibition, Next Location City Gallery, Leicester
- 1997 Camberwell Gallery, An Exhibition of Contemporary Stonecarving
- 1994 Corum Gallery, Holborn, London
- 1993 John Jones Gallery, London, Painting The Earth
- 2008 Dulwich Festival, Pippa Graber - Art Dog, Honor Oak
- 2007 Dulwich Festival, Pippa Graber - Art Dog, Honor Oak
- 2009 Untitled, Private Home, Clapham
- 2008 Family Treeo, MK arts - Creative Partnerships, Milton Keynes Hospital
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