Jane Crisp | BIO < back to artists

Jane was described at school as having an 'extremely sensitive eye", excelled with top marks in Art and Photography and gained national recognition on two occasions. She continued her studies in Graphic Design at Auckland Technical Institute, and now works full time as an artists. Her inspirations evolve through the energy and emotion of the present and from her inner spirit, in which she endeavours to portray positive messages of calm and personal growth to envelope and inspire. New Zealand's natural forms, textures and culture are a continued appearance in her work.
One of her works, "Ko Nga Kete Matuaranga- The Three Baskets of Knowledge" was proudly used for the front cover of Canterbury University's 2005 undergraduate handbook.
 
Jane works full-time as an artist from her home studio - Gecko Studio. She lives in Pukekawa, Franklin, on a lifestyle property with her husband and 2 sons who continue to support her artistic endeavours. She also gives her time as a volunteer firefighter with the Mercer Fire Brigade.

Jane Crisp – Artist Biography
1970 Born in Auckland
1987 University Entrance upon leaving school
1988 Graphic Design Auckland Technical Institute
1992 Married
1996 First son born
1997 Second son born
2003 Look Deep Within - First solo exhibition Franklin Arts and Cultural Centre Pukekohe Auckland
2004 Exhibited at The Womans Show Art Exhibition, Auckland.
2004 Exhibited at Royal Easter Show Art Awards, Auckland.
2004 1st place James Chapman Award Franklin Arts Festival - Ko Nga Kete Matuaranga (Three Baskets of Knowledge)
2004 2nd place Peoples Choice Award Franklin Arts Festival -Ko Nga Kete Matuaranga (Three Baskets of Knowledge)
2004 Charity Silent Art Auction for Ronald McDonald House Auckland
2004 Exhibited at Waikato Diocesan School Art Exhibition
2005 Ko Nga Kete Matuaranga (The Three Baskets of Knowledge) featured on the cover of University of Canterbury’s 2005 Undergraduate/Postgraduate Handbooks.
2005 1st place Peoples Choice Award Franklin Arts Festival – Wairua o Te Paua (The Spirit of the Paua)
2005 Exhibited at Strathallan School Auction, Auckland.
2005 Charity Silent Art Auction for Liam Saunders – Kete Moana.
2006 Best Mural Design Award Resene Mural Masterpieces Competition – Mural painted at Pukekawa Primary School, Franklin.
2006 The Journey – Franklin Arts and Cultural Centre. Joint exhibition with Tania Young and Kahira Ball.
2006 Massive Theatre Company Fundraiser Auction, Auckland
2006 Opening Exhibition Blue Orange Gallery, Tuakau, Franklin.
2006 Quattro Pittori- The Artist’s Room Dunedin. Joint exhibition with Ken Beatson, Allan Batt and Jan Ingram.
2007 Solo Exhibition The Artist’s Room, Dunedin.
 
Influences:
Michael Smither, Rita Angus, Colin McCahon,Bill Hammond
New Zealand natural environment, Maori culture and spirituality.
 
Education:
Graphic Design

Awards:
- Franklin Arts Feastival 2004: 1st prize winner (James Chapman Award) in Modern /Contemporary section.
- Franklin Arts Festival 2004: 2nd place Peoples Choice Award.
- Franklin Arts Festival 2005: 1st place Peoples Choice Award.