Mary Jane Alexander was born in Zimbabwe and graduated from the University of Cape Town (BA Fine Arts). There she was taught by Maurice Van Esche who had been a pupil of Matisse. Before arriving in England in 1977, Alexander exhibited widely in Zimbabwe, lectured in anatomy and life drawing at the Bulawayo Art College and presented programmes on Rhodesian TV.
From 1979, Alexander’s work became closely associated with the theatre, reflecting her deep interest in both actors and dancers. She has been fortunate enough to have worked with many dance companies, English National Ballet, the Spanish Dance Society and Petra Siniawski’s Jazz Dance Company.
Alexander’s last theatrical venture was a series of paintings based on “Fosse” which was at the Prince of Wales Theatre in the West End. She is passionate about dance in all forms and her fast method of working has been developed over the years to capture the movement of the dancers as swiftly as possible.
More recently, Alexander developed a keen interest in Landscape. She found the rhythms of the land and the changing light as fascinating as the movements of the human body. All her work is characterised by its joy of the dramatic and the rich impasto use of oil paint. Alexander’s landscapes are rich in both colour and texture and are all painted in the open air.
For the last eight years Alexander has also been painting and exhibiting in Italy where she has a studio in the South, in the province of Campania. Alexander sells very successfully in galleries across UK, from Lincolnshire to Surrey and held her inaugural exhibition in Italy in 2015.