Known for her stunningly rich and stimulating paintings, Wellington-based artist Jane Kellahan is no stranger to the New Zealand public.  

Born of a mind fascinated by tension and abstraction, Kellahan's paintings draw on atmospheric ambiguity and intuition. She manipulates scale, organic textures and constrained tonal variety to achieve strong works imbued with light and potency.

Kellahan's works bear testament to her affinity with the mystical and powerful elements of nature. She is intrigued by the way places and images can affect us at a subconscious and emotional level. 'My inspiration comes from the forces of nature which have the potential to enhance or destroy our environment, and subtly influence our moods and wellbeing,' she says.

Kellahan was selected to represent New Zealand at the Biennale of Chianciano in Italy in 2011 where she won third place in the Leonardo Prize, works on paper category.  In 2009 she won the trans-Tasman Cricket Art Prize in Australia. She has exhibited at the Florence Biennale in Italy, and her work featured in Denis Robinson's book, New Zealand's Favourite Artists. 

The Parnell Gallery will be hosting Kellahan's solo show 'Peacock Talk' 17 - 31 July 2012.