Jan Phethean

About the artist

Jan PhetheanJan Phethean has worked internationally in Europe, The Mediterranean and the USA as a painter and award winning architectural designer for over 35 years.

In the nineties she created the Clubhouse concept for Virgin Atlantic and designed International Airport Upper Class Lounges in the UK and the USA. A feature of her interiors were large scale murals which Phethean also designed and painted.

Jan, who has Cornish roots, moved to Cornwall in 2002 to paint full time and lives in a remote cliff top hamlet on the south east coast of Cornwall. She exhibits regularly in art galleries in the UK.

‘I am endlessly fascinated by those things unseen in our landscape which are nevertheless ‘felt’ and by the duality of the historical geology of a landscape, for example a high moor having once been beneath a sea .The secret life of the wild animals that live amongst us and the way that man has shaped the land through his tracks, farming and industry also play their part in my work. Each painting captures a moment in time, the land and the sea are never still, the currents continue to run beneath the stillest waters, and deep deep below the most tranquil landscape water runs through the centuries to the sea.’

Phethean is a member of the St Ives Society of Artists and the Association of British Naïve Artists.



“As an alchemist strikes for gold, Phethean strives to express the intangible. Trusting her emotional instincts her work is both aesthetically beautiful and intensely courageous.”