Jane Burrows is a painter and printmaker who creates abstract compositions of the female form. From a small studio in her flat in Hampstead, London, Jane creates bold and beautiful hand-pressed monotypes that derive from life drawing. In this interview, Jane shares her personal journey from muse to master and why she chose fine art over graphic design.
Kim: Where did your journey as an artist begin?
Jane: My father was a very dominant figure while growing up. As the middle of three daughters, I was the only one to stand up to him and was subsequently pegged as being the rebel of the family; the difficult child with ‘an artistic personality.' I was the least academic of the ‘Burrows girls,’ but I was creative and original, and this gave me a sense of purpose and focus. Despite opposition from my father, I decided to go to art school and there my journey as an artist began.
Kim: At what point did the female form take precedence in your work?
Jane: While I worked on building my portfolio to get into art school, I took a part-time job as a model in a life drawing studio. This is where I discovered my love for the female form. I quickly moved from one side of the easel to the other! The individualities and peculiarities of the female figure were particularly interesting to me. Since then, observational drawing has been the main focus of my work.
Kim: Who/what are your main influences?
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