JANE PINKNEY

A Retrospective

Jane Pinkney grew up on the rural outskirts of the industrial Yorkshire towns of Barnsley, Bradford and Middlesbrough. Whilst her father was a mechanical engineer, it was his keen interest in botany that inspired her love of nature and her active imagination, which found form in her early and accomplished watercolours. Achieving continued successes in local and national competitions, she had her first exhibition at the age of 15 at Middlesbrough Art Gallery.

Early in her married life she lived at Hanging Hill Farm, Kennythorpe, an old farmhouse, with a varied population of domestic and other smaller furry beasts, which increasingly became the subject of her illustrations, and inspired her greatest success through her illustrations for The Mice of Nibbling Village, Mouse Mischief, and Rumer Godden's Mouse Time, in the 1980s and 90s, gaining her a reputation in the national press, as the next Beatrix Potter. Her unique and nostalgic depictions of mice dressed in cloth caps, and patchwork dresses, are represented in all manner of domestic pastimes, superbly articulated in rich colour and rendered in minute detail.

Twenty years later her illustrations are exhibited for the first time, and available to buy, at the beautiful and historic Nunnington Hall, near York, where she has recently been commissioned to paint a series of its interiors, inhabited by her mischievous mice.

Chris Beetles Gallery is pleased to represent her work, which will form a major component of this year's ILLUSTRATORS exhibition, opening during the weekend of 19 and 20 November 2011, and on display until January 2012.

The exhibition opens at Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire, on 9 August and runs until 18 September 2011.

The Mice of Nibbling Village has been republished by the National Trust and Anova, 2011, ISBN 9781843651895