Kelly was a journalist with the Daily Mail for fifteen
years and became the main feature writer, well known for her
interviews with international celebrities. She was dismissed
from her job after her painting of Myra Hindley If We Could
Undo Psychosis 2 (see above) was exhibited in The Stuckists
Punk Victorian show at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool in
been painting seriously for ten years. She has taken part
in numerous shows with the Stuckists and is founder of the
Acton Stuckists group. She has been exhibited in the Royal
Academy Summer Show, the Sackville Gallery, London and the
Excel Centre, Manchester, the MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling
and the Wolverhampton City Art Gallery. She has studied History
and Fine Art at Stirling University, and taken an Advanced
Painting Diploma at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
has a preoccupation with The Holocaust, describing herself
as a "post-holocaust painter". She has, for example,
painted barbed wire from a concentration camp. After visiting
Zandefort, a beach near Amsterdam, which Anne Frank used to
frequent with her family on many occasions, Kelly painted
a picture showing Anne Frank on the beach. The painting was
auctioned at Sotheby's on April 28, 2006, in aid of trauma
April 2010, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and is
blogging about it at icantbelieveitsreallycancer.blogspot.com.
statement on If We Could Undo Psychosis 2
"I've always been fascinated by Myra Hindley's disastrous
life and because hers was the first horrible crime I knew
about as a child. I wanted to see what she might have looked
like in the kind of family situation she was always denied."
Real Turner Prize 2004
was the winner of the Stuckists Real
Turner Prize 2004 for her painting If We Could Undo
Psychosis 2, shown at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool,
as part of The Stuckists Punk Victorian show.
Jane Kelly's Paul Dacre painting: The
Guardian + image
Kelly in TV documentary on Daily Mail: The
with Jane Kelly on
Mail sacks writer who painted Hindley picture" -
Front page of The Guardian here
is sacked after exhibiting work at Walker" -
the Liverpool Daily Post here.
by Anthony Daniels on The Social Affairs Unit site here.
the Independent (2.2.05)
Kelly, the journalist and artist who was sacked as a feature
writer by the Daily Mail, is paying tribute to her old boss.
Kelly, who was dismissed last year shortly after unveiling
a controversial portrait of the Moors Murderer Myra Hindley
(now sold), has turned her talents to other subjects. "It's
a canvas called Hated Fathers, and it is going to picture
the faces of awful patriarchs," she tells me. "I'm including
Earl Haig, who I think was responsible for sending so many
young men to their death in the First World War; Chaim Rumkowsky,
who ran a ghetto in Poland during the Second World War where
all the inhabitants died; Peter the Great, who murdered his
son; and Paul Dacre, the editor of the Daily Mail." No hard
her dismissal, Kelly has told us:
"I was never given a full reason for my dismissal
but also got into trouble by trying to introduce the term
"German expressionism" into some copy about the performing
dwarves used in the MGM film, The Wizard of Oz, some of whom
came from Weimar Germany. The acting feature editor at the
time had never heard of such a thing and said "what the fuck
is German Expressionism? I have never heard of it and neither
have our fucking readers."