SOUTH Shields-based artist Jane Lee McCracken is looking forward to bringing her latest exhibition home.
In Homage to the Last Great Carnivores of Eurasia is coming to the Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields, in November.
The work is part of the venue’s In Dreams exhibition, where artists from the North East and Yorkshire have created pieces that explore the concept of dreams and what it means to them.
Some of Jane’s drawings have been transferred on to plates for an exhibition at the prestigious Mercer Art Gallery, in Harrogate.
And now she’s looking forward to bringing her work home.
She said: “It’s a great honour to be involved with such a fantastic gallery. The Customs House has been a wonderful partner and their support has been invaluable.”
Esen Kaya, curator of visual arts at the Customs House, added: “We’re very excited for Jane to be given the opportunity to show at such a world-renowned gallery and we’re looking forward to her returning to the Customs House later this year.
“Her latest exhibition represents the conflicts encountered in the protection of the last great carnivore species across the Eurasian continent, while also depicting the beauty and majesty of these primary species and the hope for their future.”
Jane’s latest work – inspired by her passion for fairytales, Russia and Eastern Europe, wolves and her continuing interest in war and loss – makes complex multi-layered drawings using black and coloured Biros.
Jane has created, as part of the exhibit for The Mercer, a series of eight luxury dinner plates, made in England from the finest bone china by Paul Bishop of the prestigious Stoke-on-Trent-based ceramic company, The New English.
Originally produced as black Biro drawings, designs of wolves, Amur leopards, Siberian tigers and brown bears adorn these luxury, limited edition, china plates.
Jane added: “My work is my passion and my life. I love nothing better than to be sitting in my studio, creating Biro drawings with my dog Lily at my side. I weave into my work layers of questions and symbolism so that the finished pieces resonate on several levels, not only what is apparent visually, but also what the images represent and the questions they raise.
“I hope to continue challenging myself working hard to produce more and more innovative work in the future.”
Jane often uses photographs she has taken of films and documentaries as well as objects from her own home as the basis for pieces.
Esen said: “Her fairytale-esque drawings transport the viewer to far-away places and other times just as tales of old have transported generations past and present.”
Jane was born in Edinburgh in 1968, but has lived in the North East since 2003.
From 2005, she began creating Biro drawings, having initially used Biro to produce small works of art on Post-it notes whileworking in a London office.
She now lives and works as an artist in South Shields with her husband Rob and their Northern Inuit dog, Lily.
Jane’s work is on display at the Mercer until Sunday, September 8.
In Dreams is a free event at The Gallery at The Customs House which will include work in textiles, printmaking, photography, painting, sculpting and drawing.
The exhibit runs from November 30 to January 31, next year.
For more information, visit www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 454 1234.