Mary-Jane Alexander

Mary-Jane Alexander was born in Zimbabwe and graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA in Fine Art. There she was taught by Maurice Van Esche who had been a pupil of Matisse.

She came to UK in 1977 and her work became closely associated with the theatre, reflecting her deep interest in both actors and dancers, and their movement. In 2003 she was invited to be Artist in Residence at Bedales Junior school where she worked with the pupils to produce a large mural which to commemorate the life and work of Michael Sterne, the founder of the International School in Swaziland.

Mary-Jane has developed a wide portfolio of landscapes and these now form the main body of her work; the rhythms of the land and the sky now fascinate her as much as the human body. All her work is characterised by its’ joy of the dramatic, vivid colour and the changing seasons. Her landscapes are rich in both hue and texture and are painted ‘en plein air’. Likewise, her figurative work has energy and spontaneity as she usually depicts people busy; ie. working, dancing, playing, living.

Mary-Jane sells very successfully in galleries across UK from Lincolnshire to Surrey and held her inaugural exhibition in Italy in 2015.

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A family waiting


Oil on canvas by Mary-Jane Alexander

1000 x 700 x 20 mm

small baby

My Baby

Oil on board by Mary-Jane Alexander

painting size 300 x 250 mm

framed size 440 x 390 mm

mother's love

My Boy

Pastel by Mary-Jane Alexander

400 x 300 mm

going to church

Sunday Best

Pastel by Mary-Jane Alexander

300 x 400 mm

mother and child


Pastel by Mary-Jane Alexander

300 x 400 mm

carrying on my head

On my Way

Pastel by Mary-Jane Alexander

400 x 300 mm