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Jane Toy

Jane Toy meets Graeme Stevenson

Featured artist Jane Toy appeared on Colour In Your Life Season Fourteen (14). Read a little bit about the artist here and support our site by joining and watching the episode below.

Jane Toy is proud to be a Whanganui artist who specializes in abstract works utilizing a range of materials across the media of painting, drawing, digital and textiles. Jane has been known to ‘draw’ with thread and to ‘paint’ with wool so she revels in the broad approach that abstract art allows. Many of her works stem from her love of Euclidean geometry which she plays with to create interesting optical twists and turns for the viewer.

Jane is intrigued by the multitude of forms that can be generated by a starting point of the simple geometric shapes we are all familiar with and which surround us in everyday life. By simplifying complex forms, or conversely complicating simple ones, Jane plays with line and colour to create strong and vibrant works that speak directly to the materials and processes at play.

You can contact Jane about her art tips or art techniques directly via her website at

Some of Jane Toy’s awards include:

  • ​1st Place, Works on Paper Category, Taranaki National Art Awards,2016
  • Invited Artist, Lysaght Watt Gallery, Powerco Taranaki Garden Festival, Oct-Nov 2016
  • NZ Art Show 2016, TSB Arena Wellington, 3-6 June 2016
  • Lysaght Watt Art Trust Award group show, Lysaght Watt Gallery, Hawera, 6 May – 12 June 2016
  • Featured Artist solo show, Fine Arts Whanganui Gallery, Whanganui, April – May 2016
  • Belton Smith and Associates Ltd Whanganui Arts Review, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui March –June 2016
  • 100 Days exhibition, Art and Glass Studio, Waverley, March 2016
  • Whanganui Artists Open Studios, via Fine Arts Whanganui Gallery, Whanganui, March 2016
  • Permanent artist and part-owner, Fine Arts Whanganui Gallery, Whanganui, Nov 2015 –ongoing
  • Winter Wonderfest, group exhibition, Space Gallery, Taupo Quay, Whanganui, 15-28 August 2015
  • NZ Art Show 2015
  • Graduation Exhibition, Advance Diploma of Arts and Creativity, TLC, Wellington, June 2015
  • Celebrating Te Awa Tupua, group exhibition, Gallery on Guyton, Guyton Street, Whanganui, Nov 15-29 2014
  • Bryce Smith and Associates Ltd Whanganui Arts Review, Sarjeant on the Quay, Whanganui, Sept-Nov 2014
  • Solo exhibition ‘Broken Body’, Space Gallery, Taupo Quay, Whanganui June 2014
  • NZ Art Show 2014
  • Kina Art Gallery, New Plymouth, Dec 2013 – March 2014
  • Whanganui Artists Open Studios, Own studio open, March 2014
  • The Chair Project, Waverley Community Centre, March 2014
  • Group exhibition, Kina Art Gallery, New Plymouth, Dec 2013
  • Group exhibition, Whanganui Community Arts Centre, Dec 2013
  • Group textile exhibition, Matchbox Gallery, Cuba St, Wellington, Sept 2013
  • Group exhibition, Space Gallery, Whanganui, December 2012
  • Artmosphere Gallery, Woodville 2012
  • Yellow Church Gallery, Mangaweka 2012
  • Whanganui Artists Open Studios 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Exhibited at Mainstreet Art and Framing, Whanganui for 7 years until the gallery closed
  • Sargeant Gallery, Whanganui Carey Smith Arts Awards 2011
  • ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ Solo exhibition Whanganui Community Arts centre 2010

Episode: S14E13

Original Air Date: 1st March 2017

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  1. jan-sally on March 4, 2017 at 11:21 am

    unfortunately i cannot show the latest colourinyour life on the tv appears to be something to do with the link i think.

  2. jan-sally on March 7, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    What seems to be the problem once again unable to watch the latest colourin your life either on the computer or tv. I have always previously loved the show, it is so disappointing hopefully it can soon be rectified does anyone else have the same problem. jan-sally

    • Eleni on March 12, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Me too. Have tried several times now to see the new episode with no success. Maybe there have been some changes. There was talk that a paid subscription would be required to access these videos. If this has been implemented if admin could let me know. I’m thinking it has been but anyhow. Happy to pay to watch :)

      • JennyO on April 11, 2017 at 11:07 am

        Hi Eleni,

        You can view all our videos at our YouTube channel at YouTube Channel I am looking into why the video link is not available. However I have been away on location filming for the past few weeks and have not been able to investigate as yet.


  3. Nance on April 11, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Me three I was unable to see Reina Cottier’s video as well. So sad I look forward to seeing and learning from these amazing artists. Until now I have had no problem watching .

  4. Nance on May 14, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Yesss I was able to see it today I really like the presentation very fun to see a new way to approach abstracts. Super I am glad that it is view-able now.

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