• Janette Wright

    Janette Wright
    • Artist Statement
      • he story of my work lies in the process.... I make, I destroy, I apply and I remove. Something exists for a moment in time and in the next moment it is gone. Yet an ethereal element remains: a ghost, a memory, an impression, an essence. Today we live with the remnants and legacies of beauty and disaster left behind by others. My process expresses not only the state of flux and decay of the world, but also the intricate beauty in things. Through layers and layers of paint traces in my work something barely recognisable is left behind. I see both extremes and I choose to live in hope.
    • Biography
      • B.A. FINE ART ( The Michaelis School Of Art)

        I graduated from Michaelis School of Fine Art in 1989 (University of Cape Town), after which I worked as designer, illustrator and art teacher for quite some time. In the recent past I shifted my career back to fine arts and painting. I participate in various interesting workshops while constantly evaluating my creative process with one-on-one mentoring, while working towards more group and solo exhibitions.

         
        Selected Exhibitions:
          
        2017
        Mullers Gallery, Cape Town.
        DF Contemporary Winter Exhibition, Cape Town.
        Association of Visual Arts Members’ Exhibition, Cape Town.
        art.b Gallery Vuleka Art Competition and Exhibition (3rd Prize winner).

        2016
        Association of Visual Arts, Cape Town.
        East West Art Exchange, London.
        IS Art Gallery, Franschhoek.
    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        Hanien Conradie, Alexia Vogel, Liza Grobler, Marlene Dumas, William Kentridge, Sue Greeff, Neil Wright, Judy Woodborne and many more.

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Paul du Toit, I heard a talk where he spoke about his art, process and his health. A very inspiring and humble person. Walter Battis for his prolific and varied work.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
        Mark Rothko, their size and 'simplicity', one gets lost in the colour fields, they take your mind on a field trip. Miro in Barcelona. I would love to see Helen Frankenthaler's work!

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
        My spiritual life, my people and my places. I live for silence and the wide open spaces away from the city, a compulsion to create pictures and the actual stuff of paint, paper, board, canvas and mark making tools. Old fashioned hard work, perseverance and keeping at it consistently.

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
        When I need to focus I clean-up my space to help me to slow down. If (and when) I get stuck with bigger works, I take out paper and start experimenting with textures, marks, layers, rubbing, scrubbing...I often recycle old canvasses, boards and even paper. I love this because what was on the substrate before already tells a story. Another good practise is to start the session by making the same mark over and over while listening to meditative or classical music, I will listen to the same music over and over. I like being alone, have lots of light, open doors and windows, a dog at my feet and several cups of tea.

        What do you like most about being an artist?
        I get to live with purpose, I use what is given 'in my hand' to the best of my ability.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

        The exhibition at the AVA in 1996, the 2016 AVA Salon exhibition and the EWAAC exhibition in London in 2016.

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives, and if so, how?
        Yes, I believe that we should be a blessing to others and live generous lives. But for me probably more so on a one-on-one basis when I share my passion and work in conversations or while sharing studio space with others. I would love for my art to be a positive experience for others, to lift the spirit, but also to have some deeper comment about my view of the world.

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        I am applying to galleries consistently with new work. I will carry on with life drawing and relevant workshops and hopefully get to know more artists, sell more art and get a gallery booking!.


  • From Ashes - Painting by Janette Wright JANETTE WRIGHT
    From Ashes
    Painting / 100 x 120 cm
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    Evening Undercurrent
    Painting / 100 x 120 cm
    $1 393