Project Description

Jane French

Jane French

About Jane French

Jane was born in West Sussex and is now based in Leicester. She graduated from Newcastle University in 1988 with a Fine Art degree. She also completed an MA in Design in 1996 at De Montfort University, Leicester. She has worked both as an illustrator and, more recently, as a graphic designer. She now works for galleries and to commission as a professional figurative artist. She is also an art and design tutor, working at a number of different art centres and FE/HE institutions both in Leicestershire and further afield.

Portraits for NHS Heroes

Subject: Jo Habben, Head of Clinical Governance and Patient Safety at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Quote from the Subject:

“I have been seconded from my normal role in the organisation to work clinically with the infection, prevention and control teams; including patient care and staff support.

The Portraits Project has captured the honesty, rawness and reality of the NHS during the pandemic. Ordinary people doing their jobs – suddenly thrust into the focus and spotlight. My portrait captured so much of what that day (26/03/20 08:55hrs) was about – wanting to show strength, positivity and the person behind the FFP3 respirator mask.” Jo Habben


2019 – Shortlisted for the BP Award Exhibition

2019 – Work selected for Society of Women Artists Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2019 – Rosemary & Co Prize, RBSA Portrait Prize Exhibition, Birmingham

2017 – Wilson Browne Prize and LCB Depot Prize, Open 28 Exhibition, Leicester

2016 – Shortlisted for the Royal Society of Portrait Artist’s Annual Exhibition, London

2015 – Shortlisted for the Royal Society of Portrait Artist’s Annual Exhibition, London

2015 – ‘Faces of Leicester’ – Solo Exhibition, The Old Library, Leicester

2015 – Charles Stanley Gold Award, LSA Annual Exhibition, Leicester

2012 – Highly Commended Prize – Sock Open Exhibition, Loughborough

2012 – ‘Leicestershire Landscapes’ – Solo Exhibition, LCB Depot, Leicester

2011 – Highly Commended Prize – RBSA Portrait Prize Exhibition, Birmingham