NFS This work selected for the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize 2018
Still Life, Interiors and Landscape
This new body of work by Jane Canfield continues her exploration of representation melding into abstraction. The exhibition features interiors, still life and landscapes along with her continuing commitment to en plein air painting and sketching.
Canfield uses a reduced tonal palette, using large amounts of titanium white in her painting. In some ways this has become one of her trademarks, making her work instantly recognisable in collections, art prizes and on gallery walls. The soft and nuanced tonal gradations in her more abstract work facilitates a perceived ambience of place. Whether the subject matter is landscape, or in this latest exhibition - interiors, the paintings have a strong suggestion of both mood and feeling. The subtle forms and muted light have combined in an almost Clarice Beckett meets Fred Williams dance across the canvas!
“This exhibition has been produced during a move into an historic sandstone property west of the Blue Mountains.
Artists tend to paint what is around them, so the new landscapes, new vistas and lovely places to walk the dogs with my painting backpack, paper, canvases or boards have materialised. And when the weather was too cold or windy, I retreated indoors - hence painting Interiors and Still Life’s, subjects I have not worked with for several years.
Also, a medium I have not generally worked with, chalk pastels have crept into the new works.
As most of the landscapes have been produced during Autumn and Winter, there’s lots of frost and dry grass and scudding grey clouds, or bright, high-key, lit winter days.
This is the basis for the new body of works.”
Jane Canfield - Still Life, Interiors and Landscapes
1 to 25 September
opening drinks with the artist:
Saturday, 1 September 2/4pm
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