Jayne Gaze studied Art & Design at Worcester University graduating with first class single honours followed by a twelve month residency at Worcester Cathedral for which she won an Arts Council England Award. In the following year she was AA2A Artist in Residence at Worcester University and also accepted a post with Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust at Shrub Hill Workshop using art therapeutically and vocationally, with recovering mental health service users . Jayne retired from this post in January 2014.
She is a founder of AIMs (Art in Minds) and has coordinated exhibitions to celebrate World Mental Health Day in Worcestershire each year since 2004 which has showcased the artwork of over 250 mental health service users.
During this time she has continued to develop her own practice, with annual exhibitions of her work.
“Through my art I aim to explore and evoke emotion. I often utilise the lexicon of cloth, in particular bandage and muslin, suggesting binding, protection, injury and healing”
Her influences are many but in particular the work of Eva Hesse and Tapies. Her observations of the fragility of the human condition and memories of the worn and peeling layers of paint and wallpaper in the rambling manor house she was born and grew up in also inform and inspire her work. In contrast her watercolours reflect flora and fauna that surrounded her growing up in the beautiful Shropshire countryside.
In November 2012 Jayne was guest Artist in Residence in the new ‘Artists Space’ situated in the old library in Worcester Museum and Art Gallery where she concentrated on work influenced by a period of sailing in the Greek Ionions and the Western Isles of Scotland.
“After sailing in the Western Isles of Scotland in the summer of 2012 I saw my world through fresh eyes and I could feel the colour seeping back into my soul”
The work is mostly about the play of light and colour on the movement of water, direct exposure to the elements in all weather conditions contrasting with calm and tranquility and a visual ‘eclection’ of objects, colours and memories from around this spectacular coastline.
‘Seeing in Colour‘ was exhibited at Worcester Arts Workshop, Gallery Space, from 1st-16th February 2013.
Jayne is currently setting up a studio in Spain where she will continue to develop her work and looks forward to publishing images in January 2015.