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Jan Blake


The common thread that links all her work is a fascination with movement and the ambiguity of layers of transient images transformed by light.

Her installations for public spaces have been influenced by her theatre design background for dance and physical theatre. They are uplifting and magical in the use of colour and form. Some pieces move due to ambient air currents: others have the illusion of movement.

Mainly she uses silk organza painted with procion dyes to clad and drape within metal sculptures that have evolved from naturally occurring shapes and patterns. Recent work includes the use of glass, plastics, metals and new textiles. New technology is evolving rapidly, propelling her to work with new exciting materials and in the future to harness the energy of the sun in her work


Email: jb@janblake.co.uk

Born and educated in London. Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, Wiltshire – Specialist Art Teacher Training Postgraduate Course – Theatre Design – Slade School of Fine Art Arts Council Award to Theatre Designers Public Art commissions include: LIFE_BOAT _ Atrium stairwell at the new Bristol Heart Institute (collaboration with sculptor Rob Olins) NEW LEAF – Atrium space at DEFRA (Department for the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs) REFLEX and ABUNDANCE – Headquarters of GlaxoSmithKline FLIGHT – 99 Bishopsgate DISPERSAL – Centrica plc Windsor NEST – Russell Hall Hospital, Dudley

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