Coming of age artistically speaking in the Mid-Century, Wilson bucked the trend towards Abstract Expressionism and stuck to her unique style in the landscape genre.
Land, Sea and Sky by Jane Wilson
Today, at the age of 86, Ms. Wilson is helping to rejuvenate a long overlooked genre of painting. She is seen as a bridge between the realistic and figurative painters of the late 1950s and the Abstract Expressionists. Though her works stand out for being in touch with real places, she has infused landscapes with the lessons of her friends. Her work has broken the mold of conventional landscapes: They are not a celebration of old-time beauty. They are intimate, spare and horizontal.
I love this genre of painting which I call abstract landscape. Obviously, it has been much copied...in fact I have a large Wilson-ish painting hanging in my bedroom. I only wish that I could afford the real thing and get the glow.
The article has an interesting description of her technique.
Ms. Wilson prefers a canvas grain that's slightly coarser than fine portrait linen, one that brings out the texture of the paint. She relies on "scumbling," in which layers of paint are built up to create a shimmery effect, to give her work its depth and vitality."They aren't smooth layers," she said. "They are layers you put on roughly so that you can see through them. It's like being outdoors."
In each painting she tries to build in some sort of glow. Part of it is technical, she said, in that the inner structure of the painting, the initial layers of paint, must have a pale color. Then she builds alternating layers. "They begin to build up, and they begin to do something you can't anticipate," she said. "It starts to lead you, and you have no choice but to follow."
Not only do I like her painting style, I like her sartorial style as well.
There is something Modigliani-esque about her pose and the tilt of her head in this photo from 1960.
And finally, here is a photo of the artist in her studio in 2004.
She still has style, doesn't she.