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Crashing Aliveness

We are not unspectacular things.


07881 904515
How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

The work I produce is a mix of non-representational abstracts, usually in strong colour combinations, supplemented by elements of line drawn representational forms from nature. I love to experiment with a range of materials (acrylic paints, inks, oil pastels, collage) and substrates, including canvas, paper and boards. I work intuitively in response to the worlds I inhabit; those of work, family, place, my personal history and the natural environment.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

My artistic endeavours enable me to visually express complex emotions I cannot find verbal language for. My works are a very personal translation of observed imagery, emotion and physical activity.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I describe myself as a contemporary mixed media artist/painter, using a range of techniques and mediums, print, collage and fibre, to express a personal response to the world around me.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I prefer to work outdoors, taking observations from nature, and additionally I have a daily writing and sketchbook practice.
I run creative expression workshops sporadically throughout the year, and am currently seeking venues to further this offer. Always happy to discuss commissions and collaborations.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

I attended art college many years ago, and have worked in the NHS since 1992. I picked up my art practice seriously again during the initial lockdown of 2020, and as my passion for art has rekindled, I have recently taken a years sabbatical to pursue and develop my practice.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

2021 Canon Frome, h.art
2021 The Courtyard, Hereford, joint exhibition
2022 Canwood Gallery, Herefordshire, joint exhibition
2022 Canon Frome, h.art,
2023 Mrs Jones Gallery, Shrewsbury,
2023 Church Stretton Art Festival
2023 St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow Art Society joint exhibition.
2023 The Bearsteps Gallery, Shrewsbury.
2024 Footprint Gallery, Jackfield.

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Footprint Gallery, Jackfield, Shropshire.
If interested in my work please contact me on the email address above, or seek me out on Instagram @jansaustinstudio.

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