JANE CALLISTER (British 1963 – )
The work of Jane Callister is both playful and rigorous, insisting on bridging the gap between intellectual and popular pleasures, through a synthesis of the cerebral and physical aspects of art making. Primarily known as a painter who explores the consequences of action and the movement of paint itself, she also works in a variety of other media to both expand the boundaries of, and the context for, her painting practice. Born on the Isle of Man (a small independent island between England and Ireland) she received a BA (honors) from the Cheltenham School of Art, England in 1987, a Master’s from the University of Idaho in 1990 and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1994 where she studied under the esteemed critic/professor Dave Hickey.
Callister has exhibited at the Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo NY, the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis in Santa Monica CA, the Laguna Art Museum, CA; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ and was included in the First Prague Biennial at the Veletrizni Palace Prague, Czech Republic as well as the 2006 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA. She is featured in notable publications such as “Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting” a comprehensive, global anthology of contemporary painters published by Phaidon Press and “Abstract Painting: Techniques and Concepts” by Watson & Guptil. She is recognized as one of the top California artists along side Ed Ruscha, Paul McCarthy, and Raymond Pettibon in the book “LA Artland: Contemporary Art From Los Angeles” by Blackdog Press, London.