Mary-Jane Alexander

Artist

Here and there ... thoughts about painting

252664 425979874090776 1579492430 nI was born in Zimbabwe and graduated from the University of Cape Town (BA Fine Arts).

Before arriving in England in 1977, I exhibited widely in Zimbabwe, lectured in anatomy and life drawing at the Bulawayo Art College, and presented programmes on Rhodesian TV.

From 1979, my work became closely associated with the theatre, reflecting my deep interest in both actors and dancers. I have been fortunate enough to have worked with many dance companies, English National Ballet, the Spanish Dance Society and Petra Siniawski's Jazz Dance Company.

My last theatrical venture was a series of paintings based on "Fosse" which was at the Prince of Wales Theatre in the West End. I am passionate about dance in all forms and my fast method of working has been developed over the years to capture the movement of the dancers as swiftly as possible.

More recently I have developed a keen interest in Landscape. I have found the rhythms of the land, the changing light as fascinating as the movements of the human body. All my work is characterised by its joy of the dramatic and the rich impasto use of oil paint. My landscapes are rich in both colour and texture and are all painted in the open air.

For the last eight years I have also been painting and exhibiting in Italy where I am lucky enough to have a studio in the South in the province of Campania.

Residencies and Commissions include:

  • Artist in residence, Theatre Royal, Plymouth.
  • Artist in residence, Saltram House, Plymouth.
  • Allied Irish Banks (Michael Bogdanov's English Shakespeare Company) 'The Henrys'.
  • House and Garden Magazine.
  • National Trust Magazine.
  • The Sunday Times.
  • Hilton Guest Magazine.
  • Illustrations for Marina Keet, "Jotas of Aragon".
  • Flamenco International Magazine.