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Jane Wray

Award winning artist

About the artist 

 

I am a multi-award winning pastellist. I was recently nominated for and accepted as an Associate of the Royal Art Society. I have held several solo exhibitions. Following my successful solo exhibition at the Old Fire Station in Kiama in April, I have my second solo exhibition planned at The Watch House, Balmain in October. 

My work is in numerous private collections. It is always so rewarding to see many familiar faces at my solo exhibitions coming back to add another piece to their homes and office spaces.

Over the years I have featured in many publications and on local radio, including several times in ‘Australian Artist’ magazine.

I have been invited to demonstrate and tutor for many art societies and have also been hired to  judge exhibitions.

My Art Community

 

To keep my work fresh I enjoy interaction with other artists. I am a member of the following art societies:

  • Associate of the Royal Art Society of NSW (ARAS)
  • Pastel Society of Australia (PSA)
  • The Australian Guild of Realistic Artists (AGRA)
  • Bowral District Art Society (BDAS)
  • Oatley 101 Society of Artists
  • Friends of Campbelltown Arts Centre

Awards and Exhibitions

2024: Camden Art Prize - Highly Commended - Open section

2024: Drummoyne Art Society Annual Exhibition: Winner: Traditional

2024: Drummoyne Art Society Annual Exhibition: Very Highly Commended: Two awards -  Drawing and Modern

2023: Elevated to Associate level of the Royal Art Society; ARAS

2023: International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) - Finalist

2023: Oatley 101 Annual Exhibition - Highly Commended : Abstract and Contemporary

2023: Agency Still Life Bowral (BDAS) - Commended

2023: Royal Art Society of NSW - Highly Commended : Drawing

2023: Camden Art Prize - Highly Commended - Works on Paper

2023: Thirroul Seaside Festival Exhibition  - Highly Commended

2022: Pastel Society of Australia - Pastelist of the Year : Finalist

2022: Pastel Society of Australia Annual Exhibition - Winner : Abstract

2022: Bowral (BDAS) Members - Winner : People's Choice

2022: Macarthur Exhibition - Second prize

2022: Solo exhibition Gallery One88, Katoomba

2022: Waterford Landscape - Commended

2022: Oatley 101 Annual Exhibition - Winner : People's Choice

2022: Oatley 101 Annual Exhibition - Commended : Abstract and Contemporary

2022: Solo exhibition Old Fire Station Gallery, Kiama

2021: Solo exhibition at Bowral Art Gallery

2021: Pastel Society of Australia Annual Exhibition - Winner : Abstract

2021: National Capital Art Prize - Landscape Finalist

2021: Pastel Society North Carolina : Pure Colour - Finalist Two works

2021: Pastel Society of Australia Country Competition - Highly Commended

2021: Art of Sydney Awards - Finalist

2021: Waterford Drawing - Finalist

2021: Wingecarribee Landscape - Finalist

2021: Solo exhibition Old Fire Station Gallery, Kiama

2020: Pastel Society of Australia Annual Exhibition - Winner : Still Life 

2020: Pastel Society New Mexico - Finalist

2020: Fishers Ghost Exhibition - Finalist

2020: Copes Portrait Exhibition - Finalist

2020: Solo exhibition Old Fire Station Gallery, Kiama

2020: Oatley 101 Society of Artists Exhibition 

2019: Solo exhibition at Art Gallery on Darling

2019: Solo exhibition at Bowral Art Gallery

2019: Hunters Hill Art Exhibition - Finalist

2019: Royal Art Society "Chasing the Line" - Finalist

2019: Thirroul Seaside Festival Exhibition  - Two awards

2019: Wingecarribee Landscape - Finalist

2019: Ardency Exhibition - "Wild and Free" - Finalist

2018: Pastel Society of Australia Annual Exhibition - Highly Commended

2018: Pirtek Still Life - Finalist

2018: Ardency Exhibition - "All About Light" - Finalist

2018: Hunters Hill Art Exhibition - Finalist

2018: Pastel Society of Australia Country Competition - Highly Commended

2018: Wingecarribee Drawing - Finalist

2017: Solo exhibition at Bowral Art Gallery 

2017: Ardency Exhibition - "Colour" - Major award

2017: Hunters Hill Art Exhibition - Finalist

2017: Camden Art Prize - Major award

Recognition

 

 Archibald Finalist, Kate Gradwell - “It's fun and challenging trying to catch atmosphere, you, (Jane) on the other hand, are an expert.”

 

Archibald Winner, Wendy Sharpe  - "sensitive, skilful work at once soft and dramatic’"

'The Salon des Refuses' Finalist, Donald Keys - "Love the mood and composition. Pushing pastels to the limits of expression. Fabulous example of contemporary mood imaging. Love the light and shade accentuated with detail."

 

Pirtek Still Life, The Hon. Michael Yabsley - "Beautifully executed work in pastel, showing great control of the medium through both style and colour."

 

Pastel Society of Australia Annual Awards, Max Wilks - "Good observation of the subject. Pureness of colour shows a freshness giving the painting vitality and a natural look."

 

My artworks have also been featured in numerous print media publications including "Australian Artist" and "Highlife" magazines.

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