About Jane Cope

I am a Devon-based artist, living and working in Exeter. As a book illustrator for many years the narrative picture is home ground for me and so is text. So it’s not surprising that after a brief foray into abstraction many of my paintings return to this familiar territory.

Much of my work is oil and mixed media on canvas, and I often use newsprint rather like underpainting. It creates texture and a layer of meaning, sometimes random, sometimes deliberately chosen, that peeps through the picture we see on the surface.

I see layers, ambiguity, metamorphosis, the bendy perspective as all a familiar part of our uncertain world – and a source of humour too.


Jane Cope