Jane Evans studied Chinese Brush Painting with Chen Bingsun at the Chinese Artists' Guild in the Philippines and with Hau Chiok and Sy Chiu Hua at the Philippine Chinese Art Center. After returning to Britain, Jane continued to develop her painting, exploring the versatility of Chinese techniques and
materials by using them in adventurous ways. Drawing on Eastern and
Western ideas about light, space and perspective, she has evolved a highly original style, creating colourful abstracted paintings that represent a
fusion of both aesthetic traditions.
Jane has held several successful one-woman exhibitions in Cambridge, London, Manchester and elsewhere and has taken part in a number of group shows. In 2008 one of Jane's pictures was chosen for an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in the Philippines.
Jane undertakes commissions and runs courses, demonstrations and workshops in Britain and abroad. Her work has won prizes in the USA and the UK and she was invited to present a paper on Chinese painting at a symposium at Princeton University during its 250th anniversary celebrations. She has also
illustrated several books - including The New I-Ching by Lillian Too.
Chinese Brush Painting, Collins/Watson Guptill, 1987, Dover Publications, 2004
Holding An open Studio - An Artist's Handbook, Cambridge Open Studios, 2000
Learn To Paint Chinese Brush, HarperCollins, 1994
Landscape Painting With A Chinese Brush, HarperCollins, 1992
Chinese Flower Painting, Search Press, 1990
Articles and reviews for various publications.
Jane studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University. A few years later she was working as an arts administrator and editor for the Creative Arts Centre in Papua New Guinea, where she helped to organise the Third Niugini Arts Festival. After returning fromthe Far East, she became a leading exponent of Chinese Brush Painting to Western artists. Her 1987 book, which was also published in the USA, France & Holland, is now widely regarded
as having had a major influence on the subsequent rapid growth in popularity
of CBP in the UK - where she is Honorary Co-President of the Chinese Brush Painters Society.