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Janet Treby's Biography

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The youngest of four children I was born in London in 1955 and grew up in a small country village in Bedfordshire. I have always loved the countryside and I have a great passion for wildlife. It was at the age of around 11 years that I realised I wanted to become an artist and I had a choice between art or acting and art won. Having made this choice I was on a mission upon leaving school and embarked on a two year foundation course at Barnfield College,
Luton followed by a degree at West Surrey College of Art and Design specialising in printmaking and sculpture.

After learning many skills there I then went onto the Slade School of Fine Art and completed a two year post graduate in printmaking.

Whilst at the Slade School I started lecturing in printmaking specialising in mezzotint.

Upon leaving college I lived in a studio apartment in Wapping, East London and I suppose you could say that I did the ‘bohemian artist’ thing. I had already built up a successful relationship with a gallery called the Curwen Gallery who gave me my first one-women exhibition in the 80s. I also won a few awards – ''The Lloyds Young Printmaker of the Year'' and the ''Elizabeth Greenshield award'' which allowed me to paint for a year. Throughout all of this in the 80’s I was lecturing and doing other various jobs to support myself and my art. However, although it made me realise just how hard it was to earn a living I was still only interested in painting full-time, I knew that I did not want to lecture full-time or do any other job for that matter – painting was my passion and still is!

I paint a lot of nudes as I feel that the body holds experiences, which even if the figure has its back to you it tells you its own story at that particular moment in time. We all pick up on that story on a subconscious level. So it‘s like reading a novel when looking into a painting. You see the painting and snatches of the artist all at once. It’s like laying yourself open without saying a word. It all holds memory – which creates atmosphere which speaks to everyone who looks at that painting.

Janet Treby's Artwork

The Powder Room
by Janet Treby
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The Home Coming
by Janet Treby
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by Janet Treby
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