Jane Oldfield

Jane Oldfield comes from Harewood, Yorkshire, UK.
She was at Hornsey College of Art, North London from 1967 to 1969, then studied at UMIST, Manchester.
She now lives in St Margarets, Twickenham, west London.

A longtime member of RAG (she was the RAG Chair when we exhibited in Beijing) and she has been delighted to exhibit with RAG at several interesting galleries in Spain. She is now the Treasurer of RAG.

‘Flying has been the theme of my work for many years.
We have always wanted to fly like birds – or angels. Although it is only about 100 years since we have found out how to fly ourselves – now it has become mundane. I want to rediscover its excitement and wonder, (not only visually – I am learning gliding).

Flying brings you closer to the cosmos and recently I have been made particularly conscious of its relation to the approach to death.

I have really enjoyed developing my practice using this theme. For example, at the private view of the 2015 RAG ‘West’ exhibition at the Griffin Gallery in West London, I had the help of a glamorous air hostess (Sarah Strong) when I ‘piloted’ my JaneAir plane.

In October 2017, with the help of the Bad Behaviour Group, I had a very successful solo exhibition’ Why Walk when you could Fly?’ at the Brixton East Gallery. This included an Upside Down World and several Flying People mobiles. In the future, I am looking forward to designing other ‘Flying’ shows in interesting galleries which will engage their local communities.