Born in Co Durham Janis studied at Newcastle upon Tyne School of Art Foundation Course specialising in sculpture, and Exeter College of Art, BA Fine Arts.
She began her career teachingon Foundation Course at Newcastle upon Tyne School of Art and a solo show at LYC Museum and Art Gallery Cumbria. Moving to Devon her work was painting and drawing,with a solo show at Exe Gallery in 1983 and showing at Beaux Arts, Bath.She received a South West Arts Award in 1983. Her exhibitions were at Dartington Hall,Castle House Gallery, Cumbria Phoenix Gallery Exeter ,and she taught at Exeter University School of Education on line BEON Project and they produced a film Colour and Movement ,University of Exeter.
In 1998 she became a member of Royal Society of Sculptors.
Bronze sculptures were shown in London at Mchardy Sculpture Company,Bath Arts Fair and Hampton Court 1999. Since then Janis has gained an international reputation through her sculpture.
Her work is regularly exhibited at the London,Hong Kong, and New York Art Fairs. Showing work with Edgar Modern ,Bath, Josie Eastwood Gallery Hampshire, Stour Gallery, Coombe Gallery.
In the South West commissions can be seen in Exeter Cathedral , Unfolding Love , University of Exeter , Stargazer,Topsham Millenium Sculpture ,Spirit of Youth, and at Matara Kingscote Park Gloucestershire, Isness ,Croft School Stratford upon Avon .
In South Korea 2017, Bundang Memorial Park , Rugged Angel and 12 sculptures.
her work is held in many public and private collections in France, Hong Kong, Germany, Netherlands, USA, New Zealand, South Korea, and UK.
Involved in 13 sculptures for South Korea public space in 2017.
Her work is in many private collections in the UK, France Germany Holland Australia Hong Kong the United State and South Korea.
She has received two Arts Council Awards.
2000 Spirit of Youth Topsham millennium sculpture
2001 Stargazer University of Exeter sculpture collection
2004 Isness Matara Centre Gloucestershire
2006 Unfolding Love Exeter Cathedral
2007 The Croft School Stratford upon Avon
Private collections in the UK, France, Australia, Germany Holland Hongkong USA and South Korea
Edgar Modern Bath Josie Eastwood Winchester Alan Kluckow Fine Art, Moncrieff-Bray gallery, Mall Galleries London The Sculpture Park Farnham,,The Garden Gallery Hampshire,Guernsey Art Parks, Delamore, Matara Gloucestershire, Atelier gallery University of Exeter, Dartington Hall Beaux Art, Royal Academy, Plumbline Gallery St.Ives.
Art london, international art fair Royal College of art, London art fair, Hampstead Affordable art fair,Battersea Affordable Art fair , Bath Art fair, Hong Kong art fair ,New York affordable Art Fair
Films Janis Ridley produced by University of Exeter
Janis Ridley Sculpture Studio Royal British Society of Sculptors
Wax and wire 3 films 2013 Vimeo
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