Being known

Asha

Asha

(2017) Oil on board 420 x 640 mm

Daffodil

Daffodil

(2017) Oil on canvas 1 000 x 1 200 mm SOLD

Skyetjie

Skyetjie

(2017) Oil on canvas 1200 x 590 mm

Dawn

Dawn

(2018) Oil on canvas 700 x 800 mm SOLD

Donks

Donks

(2018) Oil on canvas 1 000 x 1 200 mm

Layla

Layla

(2018) Oil on canvas 1 000 x 1 200 mm SOLD

kiddo

kiddo

(2017) Oil on canvas 1 000 x 1 200 mm

Mouse

Mouse

(2017) Oil on canvas 1 200 x 1 000 mm

Lucky Luke

Lucky Luke

(2017) Oil on canvas 1 000 x 1 200 mm SOLD

Bee

Bee

(2017) Oil on canvas 1 000 x 1 200 mm

Seun

Seun

(2018) Oil on canvas 590 x 1200 mm SOLD

Jana's recent experience of being submerged in an entirely new environment and subsequently meeting hundreds of new people in a very short period of time has prompted a new direction in her work. 

 

She has become acutely aware that 'the flesh' is much like 'the character' in that it is in a constant state of change and development. Our human experiences and interactions are so complex and layered; often guarded and often staged; frustrating and restricting our ability to know each other.

 

Currently, she is exploring the notion of ‘Being Known’ through a series of portraits. She is drawn to the tension of creating an impression of something or someone, whilst celebrating the mediums used as the ‘fabric’ of the impression - the paint, the brush and the canvas. 

 

Her painting process involves building the picture plane with brush strokes, whilst leaving parts of the canvas undeveloped emulating the effect that the progression of time has on our ‘character’. She aims to enable the viewer to trace her brush, offering them a ‘window’ into the past whilst illuminating the obscurity of it. Her constructional process further allures to the manner in which situations and moments in life might influence, build and shape us.

 

Additionally, deciphering non-verbal cues from each other is part of our daily functioning. Here, the viewer is invited to engage with these portraits as individuals. Nicknames of the sitters have been used to name the paintings, offering the viewer more information into the intimate past or presence of each individual. 

© 2015 by Jana Branca Fine Art

838 Mangorei Rd, Mangorei, New Plymouth, New Zealand