Friday, 20 January 2012

Janescapes

Painting © Jane Fielder and used with the artist's kind permission.

Isn't great when, even though you might have lived in an area a long time, you still discover something new?  That happened to me the other day when I went to Bingley, the next little town up the Aire valley.  I'd seen an ad in the local paper about a sale at an art gallery and thought it would be worth investigating.  It certainly was!  The gallery is owned by an artist called Jane Fielder, who displays her own work and that of other artists.  She is currently (until 26 February) staging 'The Under-the-Bed Sale': "a sort of artistic jumble sale, things that artists have stashed away... work that hasn't had chance to be seen before."  It was a treasure trove of work of all kinds, and all at really reasonable prices.  There were several pieces I would have loved to bring home.... had to make do with some greetings cards, but they're delightful.

I haven't seen Jane's own work before either and was utterly captivated by it.  She produces mainly 'quirky urban landscapes depicting Bingley and the surrounding areas in a humorous and original manner, which have become known as Janescapes.'  They are charming, colourful and optimistic paintings - and it's fun to identify the local landmarks, recognisable even though they aren't necessarily shown exactly as they appear in reality.  I had a quick chat with Jane and she seems exactly the kind of warm, friendly, generous person that her paintings would suggest.  She trained initially as a teacher, and later studied art and she says she always dreamt of becoming an artist - a dream finally fully realised when she left teaching in 1999 to concentrate solely on painting. Her love and enthusiasm for her subject shines through. She says, "On a bright day I can look across the never ending rows of terraces with their chimneys casting black shadows, echoed by the vast mill chimneys, highlighted only by rows of billowing washing and bras the size of windows, and think it is the most wonderful place in the world".  Well, I might not have been able to put it so eloquently but I totally agree!

The Bingley Gallery                Open: Thurs-Fri 12-6; Sat-Sun 10-5             www.thebingleygallery.com
29A Park Road
Bingley
BD16 4BQ

12 comments:

  1. Ever thought of taking up painting, yourself? I'm sure you have the eye for it.

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  2. What a surprising and exciting find. Your home grown artist. I love this work. As you say colourful and quirky. Has she done any of Saltaire?

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  3. Splendid! I urge everyone to follow the link to the gallery.

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  4. Jane sounds like a wonderful person an extremely talented artist .... I love her quirky Landscapes.... What a privilege to have met and spoken with her.

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  5. Brighter and more 'optimistic' than Lowry.

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  6. I love the naivety and colours. Very puzzled by the title of the painting though. Or is one of the people on the narrow boat pregnant? ;-)

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  7. Yes, Carolina, I think she is - and weighing the boat down a bit too!

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  8. I can see why you like her paintings. Thanks for showing them to us.

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  9. Oh, I like that kind of painting. Naive, very colorful, and then joyful in a kind of way; Idid not know this artist, i'm glad you introduced her to us.

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  10. Thank you so much jennyfreckles for the wonderful piece about my work and The Bingley Gallery and thank you to all you lovely folk who've responded. I was so excited when I saw it. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit.

    Some answers to your questions ...yes I have painted quite a few pictures of Saltaire, I'd post them here if I knew how! and do have some prints in the gallery........and yes, the woman with big bump is pregnant.

    I'm just in from a wonderful busy day at the gallery, now I'm dying to get on with some painting.

    Thank you again to everyone for commenting and do come and see us at The Bingley Gallery...Jane Fielder

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  11. This is such a fun a charming work of art! The gallery sounds like just the sort of place I would love to visit! ~Lili

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