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Tuesday, June 9, 2015


(“It’s a Wonder”, oil painting by Jane Digby)

An exhibition of oil paintings by Jane Digby titled A Palette of Possibilities opens tomorrow night (June 10) at the Longmynd Gallery in Hillcrest.

It is a series of oil paintings in which Digby has explored the differences and similarities between people and paintings – babies and blank canvases. How influences, inspirations, experiences, personalities and choices shape our lives and shape our paintings.

“We don’t know how we will develop and grow, through life’s highs and lows, just as we let a painting take on its own shape and form through positives and negatives, soft and hard edges, thin and thick paint,” she says. “At times our paths are clear, at others it seems like a maze of options and uncertainties. The life of a painting too begins with inspiration, with a blast of guided intuition, then unforeseen factors come into play and the painting takes on a life of its own, unknown outcomes but exciting, exhilarating journeys.

“And when the painting nears completion, when we assess the darkest darks and the lightest lights, we can look back and know that there were many uncertainties and many possibilities.”

Using a slightly different but limited colour palette for each painting, Digby has explored the myriad of colours that come to life in every painting session.  Playing with colours has been integral in this series of paintings.

The artist completed her Interior Design Diploma at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in 1988, after which she freelanced in London before travelling around the world. Work experience included a stint at the National Portraits Gallery – where her passion for portraiture was ignited.

She began painting seriously in 1998, under the guidance of artist Pascal Chandler. Soon after, she began exhibiting and selling her work at numerous collaborative exhibitions in Durban, Dar-es-Salaam and in the UK.

Digby now lives on the North Coast, KZN, where she holds regular oil painting workshops for beginners and experienced painters.  She actively participates in collaborative exhibitions in Durban as well as in Johannesburg and further afield the UK.

There will be a walkabout of the exhibition on June 13 at 10h00.

A Palette of Possibilities runs at until July 5 at The Longmynd Gallery, 24 Old Main Road, Hillcrest.