Jane Pestell-Litten is a West Australian artist who works primarily in the traditional mediums of charcoal, watercolour and oils. Jane’s work is exclusively figurative (whole and portrait). Her charcoals are large and lively, strong in line and style, often incorporating watercolour.
Jane Pestell-Litten is driven to capture the brilliance of the West Australian light and paints in the style of Realist/Photorealist movement. Her oils depict the actuality of what the eye can see, yet allows for subject ambiguity to enable individual interpretation. Over the years, Jane has studied and worked with a collective of well-known West Australian artists such as Christopher Spaven, Brian Simmonds, Marous Beilby, Drewfus Gates etc. Her work is held in numerous private collections.
Jane’s exploration of the rendering of everyday characters, situations, and dilemmas of commonplace themes aims to encourage us to reflect on the beauty of those otherwise overlooked “ordinary” moments that are the threads of our lives.
1989 MDIA, Design Institute of Australia
1987 Cert Int Des, Leederville TAFE
1983 BA Eng Arch, UWA
2007 Second prize Northam Art Prize, Northam, Western Australia
2008 A matter of Perspective, Perth, Australia (solo)
2007 Northam Art Competition, Northam Western Australia (group)
2007 Melville Art Competition, Melville, Perth Australia (group)
2007 Town of Vincent Competition, Leederville, Perth Australia (group)
2007 Collegians Art Exhibition, Methodist Ladies College, Perth (group)
2007 Sketchpo, Perth Australia (group)
2007 Artopia, Perth Australia (group)
2008 A Matter of Perspective, Time Out, ‘The Post’ newspaper, 2nd August
2008 Methodist Ladies College – portrait commission