exhibition of paintings by Jane Williams
Artist in Residence Leamington Music

3-10 May 2019

Leamington Music Festival
Royal Pump Rooms Leamington Spa


The paintings in this exhibition are aiming 
to integrate the figure of the musician and the abstract nature of the music
using colour, shape and line.

Friday 3 May Opening night of the Festival and Exhibition


Tasmin Little, violinist, talking to Richard Phillips, Festival Director, opened the Festival
and Exhibition before giving a wonderful performance that evening
with brilliant Russian pianist Andrey Gugnin. 

From L-R
Quartet play Mozart; Donald & Simone Get on Well; Brodsky in Action; E360 perform Brahms Piano Quintet
all acrylic on canvas

From L to R
Lucy Plays to her Father (sold); Gemma Rosefield & Ben Nabarro at Spa Centre; Roderick Williams sings Schubert's Schwangesang (sold); Jitka Remembering Gabrielle; Raphael Wallfisch & John York play Cesar Franck
all acrylic on canvas

From L to R
Jana plays Favourite Smetana; Saint Saens Piano & Clarinet Sonata;  Cellist Digging In
all acrylic on canvas

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From L to R
BBC R3 Recording Contrabassoon;  She'Koyokh Violin & Clarinet;  Saxophone Conversation
all acrylic on canvas

Quartet Immersed in their Music (acrylic on canvas)



Digital Originals (unless otherwise stated)

Saxophone Rehearsing                        Cropper Pizzicvato                  Violin & Piano (sold)                      Stile Antico at St Mary'

                                Solo Saxophone                                  (framed acrylic on paper)         Avesta Saxophone Quartet             Kosmos at Spa Centre


                                                                                                                                        Digital Originals
                                   Morgan playing Memories of the Alhambra                                  Roddy at Warwick Hall (sold)      Raphael plays from a very old score
                                   (framed acrylic on paper)                                                              Roza Bene Harpsichord              (sold)



Friday evening 10 May a reception was held for
the major sponsors of the Festival Presto Classical
after theTakacs Quartet had performed




My painting ' Ensemble 360 play Martinu Wind Sextet recorded by BBC R3'
plus some drawings and pastels can be seen in the
Leamington Art Gallery throughout the Music Festival  until 9 June 2019





28 April - 2 May 2017

The Royal Pump Rooms Leamington Spa
Leamington Music Festival Weekend.


The paintings in this exhibition were a response to the performances held in the last two days of last year's May Festival.  Every emotion was expressed in these two days from joyful exuberance (La Revue de Cuisine by Martinu) to  extreme despair (Terezin Ghetto Requiem) via Schubert's Quintet D956 which seemed to encompass many emotions between these two extremes. The paintings about these three pieces of music are abstract, relying on the rhythms and mood of the music to create the composition.

La Revue de Cuisine
60x90cm acrylic on canvas £550

I exhibited the studies I made whilst listening to the music which informed the composition of the final painting (33x41cm acrylic on paper £95)

Schubert Quintet D956
4 movements
36 x 40cm acrylic on canvas £395 each



I borrowed a terracotta head of Schubert by the sculptor/architect Bruce George owned by his daughter Vicky Airey for the exhibition to be exhibited alongside the Schubert paintings.  A loan of a book of wonderful drawings of Schubert added to the Schubert experience.

Terezin Ghetto Requiem by Sylvia Bodorova

This powerful work reflects the horrors of the Ghetto which incarcerated so many brilliant musicians, composers and writers.  The first layers of paint evoke the colourful creative artistic culture which was then slowly obliterated as time when on.  I took photos throughout the process of painting and exhibited some alongside the finished canvas.

                                                   90 x 60cm acrylic on canvas £550
Stage 1 full of colour reflecting the vibrant culture and creativity of those imprisoned.
Stage 2  paint starts to suppress the creativity
Stage 3  vigorous painting over in dark colours echoing the Dies Irae that appeared in the Requiem all but crushing those incarcerated.
Stage 4 the lascerating final Libera Me is evoked by scratching into the surface of the paint, freedom perhaps is found as the souls are released into the air.

I kept the figurative work to large drawings

BBC Radio 3 Recording Doric String Quartet  85 x 100cm mixed media SOLD

 O Duo Explosive Percussion  86 x 120cm mixed media £650

Allegro Prestissimo  70x105cm mixed media  SOLD

                                                            Everyone came!