From screen to sculpture – Artist Jane Robbins is in the spotlight

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Today sculptor Jane Robbins is in the spotlight! See more of her work at www.janerobbins.artweb.com

Being an artist

Please give us a few words of introduction about yourself

 

I started out as a props maker in Tv and theatre and then trained in traditional figurative sculpture. I have been creating bronze statues and busts since 1998 and have recently started exhibiting in galleries as well as branching out into garden sculpture.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Jane Robbins

 

When did you decide to pursue art as a career?

 

As a child…I come from a very arty family!

What training did you have?

 

I studied thetare arts and prop making at the Guildhall School of Music & drama London, and figurative sculpture at Stafford Art College

What has been the high point of your career so far?

 

Being commissioned by Sir Paul McCartney to sculpt his late wife Linda…that and creating an 8ft high bronze statue of the great Fred Dibnah for Bolton town centre !

Linda McCartney by Jane Robbins

 

General Questions

What’s your favourite quote?

 

One must have a consummate sense of technique to cover what one knows.
Rodin

Who is your favourite artist?

 

Rodin

What are you aiming for?

 

To be known for memorable figurative sculptures.

How will you get there?

 

keep believing in my abilities, keep working hard and be nice to people on the way there

Is anything holding you back?

 

an international awareness of my work

You and art

What feelings or reactions do you hope to arouse in people who view your work? Are you ever surprised by reactions that you get?

 

A fondness or warmth, never alarm or anything negative

From start to finish, how long does it take for you to create your work?

 

depending on size, a small gallery sized figure can take six weeks from clay to casting and a big public bronze a few months.

What music do you like to listen to when you work?

 

Zero seven, James Taylor, Antonio Forcione (anything mellow and mostly instrumental)

What are you working on next? Any future plans or projects in the pipeline that we should look out for?

 

I have started to exhibit my work at a galleries in Cheshire (Bebb& Seker) and in London (Avantgarde) Last year i exhibited in New York and would love to find a gallery there again to get my work seen mre widely in the US.

Boy Ice Angel by Jane Robbins

 

Being inspired by art

Who (living or dead) inspires you? and why?

 

People who work with kids, teenagers and children. I’ve run art workshops and its hard work! I take my hat off to people who inspire and encourage the next generation.

What feelings, subjects or concepts inspire you as an artist?

 

Joy, bliss, peace, being a mother, being female and staying strong for a family through thick and thin.

What is your favourite work that you’ve produced so far and why?

 

The unbearable lightness of being (a hand holding coloured balloons) Its simple, representational but inspires imagination in the viewer. The lightness of balloons representing our longing to be free and escape and the hand representing our need to hold on and keep control at all times.I’m really excited this new medium of acrylic resin which is transparent yet really tough.It catches the light beautifully and looks like ice. I’ve so many ideas to use it.

an artist’s advice

For those thinking about turning a passion for art into a career, could you give any advice?

 

Work hard, believe in your own talents and take lots of photos of your work. Be nice to people on the way up, because you might meet them on your way down!

Any tips on how to get your work seen and get the commissions coming in?

 

Network with people. Go to parties where likeminded creatives may be. Accept invitations to gallery openings. Woody allen said 99% of success is showing up.

Kneeling Angel by Jane Robbins

2 comments for “From screen to sculpture – Artist Jane Robbins is in the spotlight

Helen Morecroft

July 25, 2012 at 12:32 am

Hi jane we were at school together (WCGS/girls) long time ago. Really like your work. And am proud to have known u. But DIBNAH!?? Wtf?!! A mysogynist and an immensley un-likeable man. (Met him many times)
How on earth did that happen? Sincerely hope you were WELL PAID for that one!

Barbara Reid

November 2, 2018 at 5:10 pm

Hi Jane. Saw you last night on look north. 70 years ago, I met my future husband, he took me to a social evening at his office. There I met a lovely colleague called Betty Dahner. This was at the State Assurance in Dale Street. Your Uncle Bert was also a colleague. What a surprise to see you looking like her with your dark hair and colouring. What a talented family. I hope you don’t mind me writing . I am 90 now. Barbara

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