Jane Vaux: Christchurch, Tom Tower

Jane Vaux: Christchurch, Tom Tower


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Jane Vaux's work is always remarkable, but Christchurch, Tom Tower is a particular favourite of ours due to association. Tom Tower is one of the most recognizable buildings in Oxford and especially close to our hearts because its build, initiated by Christopher Wren, was finished by his stonemason, Christopher Kempster, who came from Burford.

Jane Vaux’s painting of the distant tower is typically powerful, with a strong sense of perspective, heightened by her use of vertical brush strokes in thick acrylic. Stylised, silhouetted figures lead the viewer's eyes forward as they walk through the architecture – ancient and modern – towards 'The House'.

Jane Vaux is an artist who works on a large scale, producing expansive canvases that explore her areas of interest: seascapes, landscapes and more recently cityscapes. Some of her work is realistic in style; some moves towards a more abstract freestyle. Mainly working in acrylic paint (although she does work in pastels and charcoal) the surfaces of her canvases have an expressive texture, built up by layers of thick paint with vertical striations. These are juxtaposed with patches where that weave of the canvas showing through also makes a statement. Her use of strong colour is a powerful component, as is light which seems to shine out of her work.

Jane holds art workshops, teaches and exhibits extensively both in Devon and Oxfordshire.

More of this talented artist's works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.

Dimensions (approximate): Image: H:152cm, W:122cm

Acrylic on canvas

Unframed: designed to hang unframed on canvas stretcher

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