The particular talent of Jane Ackroyd is to take a piece of metal and to shape and weld it so that characterises the charisma of the animal, balancing power and grace. As an artist, Jane Ackroyd has had a love of animals from childhood and they provide the subject matter for many of her pieces. Working in steel and bronze, the essence of her work is always to capture the energy and power of the animal whilst retaining the grace and fluidity of movement. Jane graduated from St Martin’s School of Art with first-class honours and completed an MA at the Royal College of Art. She is an award-winning artist of national and international reputation, having completed a number of significant public art sculptures and private commissions and has exhibited regularly throughout her long career.
Beaulieu Stag & Deer
This latest piece, created for Countryside Zest at the prestigious Beaulieu development, is made from corten steel. Jane has used a vast number of photographs taken in the field and through research to create a lifelike stag and pair of grazing doe’s. Apparently the geographical location alters the physique of the animal and so the Beaulieu stag is something of an amalgam, however it clearly represents the majesty of the animal and locates it firmly in historic hunting grounds that surrounded the Tudor palace.
The process of shot-blasting the steel creates a stable rusted finish which is soft in appearance and the dusky orange-red of the rust complements the subject.
Artist in residence at UCL
Portfolio of public art include –
- Herring Gull, Bonemakers Fields, London Docklands
- Three Rings, Southampton
- Spring Rain, Crawley
- Wave, Public Art Development Trust
- Moonlight Ramble, Land Securities
- War Memorial, Greater London Council
- Railings and Gates, Old Royal Free Hospital
A significant body of smaller works is held in private collections, and Jane exhibits regularly in solo and curated shows.
Graduate of St. Martins School of Art, and Royal College of Art
1993 Europa Nostra Prize for Commission as part of the redevelopment of The Old Royal Free Hospital in Islington
1995 The Jackson Pollock-Lee Krasner Foundation awarded for work to date.