Jane Harris was born in Dorset in 1956. She received a Higher Diploma Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art in 1981 and an MA Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in 1991. She was a lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths from 1991 until 2006 when she moved to France, where she now lives and works.
Her work is held in many major collections including Arts Council England; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; Colorado University Art Museum; Ernst & Young, London; Fidelity Worldwide Investment; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; FRAC MÉCA La Nouvelle Aquitaine, FRAC-Artothèque Limousin, FRAC Poitou- Charente; Marsh, London; Pallant House, Chichester (Golder-Thompson Gift); Pictet & Cie, London; Rhode Island School of Design Museum; SAKS Fifth Avenue, New York; Southampton City Art Gallery and the UK Government Art Collection.
In 1995 she was awarded the Arts Foundation Painting Fellowship and she has twice been Artist in Residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation CT USA, in 2011 and 2015. She has been a prize winner at the John Moores Liverpool (1995) and the Jerwood Drawing Open (2002) and in 2012 she won The Sunny Dupree Family Award for a woman artist at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Jane exhibited in a group show at the Martin Museum, Waco, Texas in 2019 called Emergence : Art and the Incarnation of Space;