Frederick, Jane



68cm x 44cm
Acrylic on oval board.

Gilded was inspired by the quiet, meditative portraits of Hans Holbein who was painting in the 16th century and whose paintings for me have a stillness and an unusually contemporary, clean visual quality.

The wonderful ‘Portrait of a Lady with a squirrel and a starling’ 1527-8 hangs in the National Gallery, London which has always been such a beguiling painting for me. I asked Julie to imagine herself as one of Holbein’s sitters as a means of composing herself and she threw herself into the challenge brilliantly. I am very grateful to her for working with me on this project and for being such a dedicated and thoughtful model.

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About Jane Frederick

Jane Frederick was born in Lincoln and has worked in Colchester, Essex as a practising artist & Art educator for over 25 years. She is currently researching & garden seeking for a new project ‘Seeking the Green Room’ which has taken her across Europe, drawing en plein air & painting important examples of historical formal gardens. Formerly Head of Fine Art at Colchester School of Art, she is passionate about making drawing accessible to all and leads ‘The Drawing School’ gallery based workshops encouraging drawing development for all levels of experience.

Selected Acheivements

  • Prospect A collaboration & exhibition with Simon Carter Naze Tower, Essex 2019
  • Painting as Terrain, The Crypt St Marylebone Parish Church, London (Contemporary British Painting) 2019
  • Bodegón: Portrait of the Modest vessel & Framing the Makers, a 2 year cross disciplinary collaboration with Potter Martin Bridges exploring the tradition of depicting ceramics in painting
  • Awarded Firstsite Collectors’ Group Bursary 2018 for Seeking the Green Room project
  • Shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award travel prize
  • Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibition Mall Galleries London
  • Devises & leads The Drawing School adult drawing course at The Minories & Colchester MakerSpace
  • Public engagement/ teacher CPD University of Essex & Firstsite

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