Moving on from my Protective Amulet Series of paintings I have been exploring the possibilities of paint and making abstract paintings that are developing through the dialogue of one painting with another.

Landmass 2020

oil, acrylic and gesso on lime wood panel

20 x 30 x 3 cm

Peninsula 2020

oil, acrylic and gesso on canvas

100 x 100 x 4cm

Landmass and Peninsula

Vessel 2020

oil, acrylic and gesso on canvas

70 x 90 x 4cm

Shard 2020

oil, acrylic and gesso on lime wood board

20 x 30 x 3cm

Vessel and Vessel, losing its identity

Pod 2020

oil, acrylic and gesso on canvas

90 x 90 x 4cm

Burial Chamber 2020

oil, acrylic and gesso on lime wood board

20 x 30 x 3cm

Pod and Burial Chamber

Omphalos 1 2019/20

acrylic on canvas

30 x 30 x 3cm

Omphalos 2 2020

oil, acrylic and gesso on canvas

90 x 90 x 4 cm

I’m currently showing paintings and mixed media work at The Fire Within, Wigan, HOME, Manchester, Pilkington Gallery, The World of Glass St. Helens and STEAM, Wigan.

Freefall Series

acrylic on canvas

90 x 90 x 3.5cm

Part of Love is a Rebellious Bird, The Fire Within, Wigan Town Centre Galleries

Women’s work is never done ….

Mixed Media

Now showing at HOME Manchester

Protective Amulet 3

oil on lime wood panel

20 x 30 x 3.5cm

From The Heart, Pilkington Gallery, The World of Glass St. Helens

Mother Love

acrylic on canvas

50 x 70 x 3.5cm

Part of Making It at S.T.E.A.M. Wigan

A selection of images of my work in The Fire Within exhibition Love is a Rebellious Bird currently showing in the Atrium, The Galleries, Wigan Town Centre until 2020.

Jane with grandsons Leon and Franky

All photos by Matylda Augustynek


“Wigan’s own pioneering artist and activist Jane Fairhurst freefalls into the space with her exquisite Hokusai inspired series of paintings showcasing her pertinent environmental message.

Love is a Rebellious Bird hears the urgency of the Extinction Rebellion message. A sandtimer recalls the movement’s sign at the centre of a circle of birds from Wigan Museum’s collection of taxidermy.” Excerpt from Al & Al’s text for The Fire Within Rebel Gallery

Freefall Series

Freefall Series, taxidermy birds and sandtimer from Wigan Museum

Madonna Collection

Goddess Drawings

Alder, Kate 40 weeks, Jane and grandson Franky

Love is a Rebellious Bird opens this Saturday 2nd November 11 am – 3pm at The Fire Within Wigan. I’ll be showing my Freefall Series including three new paintings in the series along with pen and ink drawings and 3D work.

A dynamic new series of installations will be transforming Wigan Town Centre Galleries from 2nd November with paintings, film, video, poetry, drawings, sculpture, taxidermy, music, dancers, performers, and punk fashion for the next generation of rebels. Focusing on aspects of birth, life and death through the vision of climate activism, Extinction Rebellion, environmental protest and ideas for our global future.

Not to be missed!!

Wigan is rapidly transforming into a centre of cultural excellence through the collaboration of The Fire Within and Wigan Council. Instead of going down the route of impoverishment of so many town centres in Britain this amazing collaboration is bringing re-newed life to the town through Arts and Culture. With its five year manifesto THE FIRE WITHIN and the vision of internationally renowned artists Al & Al the town is showcasing artists based in Wigan and the North West region. Wigan is rapidly becoming the inspiration for towns throughout the U.K. by bringing new life and vigour to its town centre.

Freefall Series number 11 (detail)


acrylic on canvas

Freefall Series number 12 (detail)


acrylic on canvas

Dynamic, magical objects-amulets, talismans, charms, fetishes. Belief in the potency of certain objects has been intrinsic to humans since ancient times from the chthonic beliefs of animists in spirits that dwell in the natural world to New Age crystals and pendants to protect from cell phone electromagnetic fields.

In Sheila Paine’s extraordinary book Amulets A World of Secret powers, Charms and Magic she describes and illustrates an ancient global phenomenon of protection from negative forces, curses, enemies, sickness or accident.

“Intricately beautiful or starkly simple, amulets come in an astonishing variety of guises, from stones, shells and seeds, through animal tails, teeth and claws, to beads, mirrors, needles and bells.

Worn as necklaces, sewn to clothing, painted on buildings or hung in vehicles, they guard babies and brides, warriors, hunters and travellers; pockets and purses; livestock, crops and houses. Malign spirits and hobgoblins at crossroads have always been feared, but modern dangers-car crashes, new diseases, even mobile phones-have ensured an abiding faith in the magical protection that amulets afford us.”

In the summer of 2010, having completed my MA, I went to visit a friend in Turkey and whilst I was there I found to my surprise an amulet for sale in a local market. It conformed to the pattern I’d read about in Sheila Paine’s book, triangular shaped and covered with buttons, cowrie shells and shiny metal pieces hung with nine threads with various shapes of coloured beads and cowries. I was taken aback to think that such things still had potency in the 21st century and wanted to know more about this world I knew so little of, and so began my research into this phenomenon that has become a major feature of my artwork.

I think there is something deep within the human psyche, something intrinsic that connects us to the natural world so securely that we will always resort to charms, amulets and rituals and especially at times of stress and duress. It is a place of myth and legend that exists alongside us, it is from here that I take my inspiration.

Fetishes for Uncertain Times


Photographed by Matylda Augustynek