OVADA Art Talks - Jan Crombie

19 May 2020

Regular hours

Tue, 19 May
11:00 – 12:00

Cost of entry

(by purchasing a ticket you are helping to support OVADA financially at this challenging time and goes a long way to helping sustain us as a local grassroots arts organisation.)


Oxford, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Five minutes walk from Oxford train station.

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Our artist talk series is moving online! The talks will be held live on ‘ZOOM‘.

As part of our ongoing series of informal weekday morning talks, we invite professionals working in the creative industries to talk about their projects and contemporary practices.


A most admired and inspiring British painter Jan Crombie opens the new series of OVADA Art Talks hosted by arts journalist Romina Provenzi. The artist will talk about her early life in a family of artists, her content, her process and what keeps her going. She will also reflect on how the present lockdown has been an opportunity to be productive and generate new ideas.

Jan Crombie’s biography:

I was born in London and after graduating in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College London I have maintained an arts practice over four decades. As a child I spent time in Vienna with my family who were all artists.  Recently I have been shortlisted for the Castlegate Prize 2020, the Wells Contemporary 2019, the Threadneedle Prize 2012. I have exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery, Camden Arts Centre The Glass Tank Oxford Brookes University, the New Hall Art Collection Cambridge and had residencies in Italy, Germany and Holland.

I am interested in everyday oddness, discomfort and contradictions. I draw observe and document the people and spaces that surround me, these mutate on the canvas as they combine with internal imagined landscapes and characters. These imagined characters and their stories are the subject of paintings drawings and clay sculptures. Colour is my main route to exploring the emotional secrets of my subconscious. 

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