Jane has been painting professionally since 1983. During this time she furthered her art education at The Slade University, London, taught all art classes at Hereworth School, Havelock North for 8 years, and also took private lessons for children and adults from her home. This was followed up by opening Wine Country Gallery in Havelock North, known for supporting up and coming artists the gallery gained an enviable reputation.
She finds living in Hawkes Bay and Matakana ideal for her subject matter and the quality of light and life there is reflected in the vibrancy of her work. It is usually on a large scale using linear fluency and broadly applied colour ~ exuberatiing is the major key followed by a minor introspective note ~ veiled layers describing mood and atmosphere.
She considers herself a real NZ painter even though she has frequent trips abroad these don’t affect the style she has made her own. Several Galleries represent Jane Gray, including Tennyson Gallery, Napier, Art Matakana, Matakana, International Art Centre, Parnell, and Flagstaff Gallery in Devonport. Some of her recent series of paintings are available in Print form from Paper Works at Te Awanga, Hawkes Bay.
2018 – This year has seen Jane explore ceramics as well as a new series of Lightboxes has been produced.
2017 – The first of the new lightboxes selected by Carol Shepherd for the HB Invitational at the CAN.
2016 ~ Exhibiting new body of work ‘Feather in My Cap Series 1’ at The International Art Gallery, Parnell
2015 ~ Developed a series of works on PVC Canvas, exhibited and sold from DOMO in Parnell
2014 ~ Invited to exhibit in the Molly Morpeth Awards again.
2014 ~ Selected for the ‘East’ Exhibition Hastings City Art Gallery
2014 ~ Jane graduates with a Dip.Int.Design
2013 ~ Wellington Art Show and 3 new galleries representing Jane around NZ
2012 ~ Exhibited and sold in the Wellington Art Show, Queens Wharf
2012 ~ Jan. Selected for the Molly Morpeth Award
2011 ~ August ~ Another large private commission ~ Noosa ~ NSW (this painting can be seen in ‘Commissions’ under Galleries
2011 ~ Picked up by ‘Gallery Beneath’ Mooloolibar ~ Queensland
2011 ~ Life Education exhibition Academy Fine Arts Wellington
2011 ~ Large commission for private client ~ 2 metres sq
2011 April-June ~ Creative Hawkes Bay Invitational curated by Helen Kedgley
2010 April ~ Wine Country Gallery Exhibition ~ Parnell ~ 481 Parnell Rd.
2010 Feb. ~ Wine Country Gallery Exhibition ~ Elephant Hill Winery
2009 Oct. ~ Mosaic Wine Box Exhibition ~ Taradale
2009 August 25th ~ Joint Exhibition Toi Tahuna NZ Fine Art Gallery ~ Queenstown
2009 June 26th ~ Invited Artist NZ Academy of Fine Arts ~ Wellington
2009 June ~ Guest Artist Ashburton Society of Arts Ashburton Art Gallery
2008 ~ Finialist in the Adams Portrait Awards Wellington
2007 ~ Painting sent to Florence for the Biennale Dec.10
2006 ~ Invitation to exhibit at the Florence Biennale
Dec. 07 ~ Exhibition at the new King and Teppet Hamilton (Oct.) Mosaic Wine Box Auction.Napier.
2005 ~ Exhibition at Wine Country Gallery ~ Havelock North.
2004 ~ Exhibition at Wine Country Gallery ~ Havelock North ~ and Fishers Akl.
2003 ~ Jane has established a Gallery in Havelock North. “Wine Country Gallery”. 2003 Also saw Jane established as resident artist in a chain of restaurants in Massachusetts ~ called The Kiwi Grille ~ with her paintings featuring on the walls as well as the tableware. ~ This is an important opportunity to represent NZ abroad.
March 2002 ~ Painting titled ‘There will be talk’ selected for the prestigious Norsewear Art Award.
July 2001 ~ Jane attended Summer School at the Slade School of Fine Arts ~ London University.
August 2001 ~ Jane rented a studio in Umbria and produced enough work for an exhibition in London.
September 2001 a very successful exhibition New Zealand House ~ Haymarket ~ London UK.
June 2000 Jason Products commissioned Jane to produce a design for their tableware ~ this was produced in 2001.
1999 and 2000 saw a Jane Gray painting on the cover of a brand new publication advertising Hawkes Bay ~ this has been endorsed and well received by all that advertise in it.
1999 ~ Appointed the resident artist for Sileni Estate Winery ~ Hawkes Bay. Jane is responsible for producing a painting each year for the premium wine label.
1999 ~ Jane was one of 6 only ~ NZ artists asked to exhibit in the Americas Cup village in Auckland during the Louis Vuiton and Americas Cup Series.
1998 ~ Jane was invited to donate a painting for auction raising funds for the local hospice. The painting titled ‘Boulevard’ was reproduced in print and labels. The prints have sold out.
House & Garden Australia Feb. 09 ~ pgs 66,67.
Trends Outdoor Living Vol. 23
Art News ~ Summer 07
Florence Biennale Hard Cover 2007
NZ’s Favourite Artists Vol. 1 ~ Denis Robinson
Habitat Magazine Dec 07 page 127
Vogue Australia Voguearts Nov 04.
Accent Home & Garden USA July 04
NZ House & Garden pge 148
NZ House & Garden March 2005 ~ cover & page 28
NZ House & Garden March 1996 page 14
Air NZ November 2002 page 52
BMW magazine Summer 2002 Page 30