Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Water, Wax, Paint, Paper — new work by artist Jan Dalton

Art Central presents an exhibit of mixed media paintings by local artist Jan Dalton.  “Water, Wax, Paint, Paper” will be available for viewing during the month of June at the gallery at 130 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC. 

Jan talks about her new work: “Mixed media isn't a 20th-century phenomenon, although in previous centuries artists were less experimental in what they used. For example, gold leaf was often added to church paintings; Leonard da Vinci mixed pastels with other drawing media; William Blake used watercolor washes in his prints; and Edgar Degas combined pastels with charcoal and printing inks.

As an extreme example, during a 2013 exhibition contemporary German artist Rosemarie Trockel found a dead moth in the museum and quickly incorporated it into one of her works on display. The act of adding this unusual object added a new layer of meaning to the work.

Now, I’m no Leonard Da Vinci, William Blake, Edgar Degas or Rosemarie Trockel (I can’t see myself picking up a dead creature of any kind and incorporating it into a piece of art).  However, I’m always looking for new ways to stir the creative juices.”

Mixed media art refers to a visual art form that combines a variety of media in a single artwork.  It is closely related to other art forms, such as assemblage. Assemblage is a 3-dimensional sculptural form in which found objects are "assembled" together in a quirky or unique way.  In Jan’s painting “The Golden Hour,” she used modeling glue, acrylic paint and gold leaf to create a 3-D image.  This sense of space is enhanced by the frame.

Jan’s new work includes paintings with different combinations of water, wax, paper, pencil, pen and ink and oil pastels.  In other paintings the artist used modeling paste, acrylic paint, tissue papers and other 3-dimensional items.

Meet Jan Dalton at a reception on Third Thursday, June 20, 2019 5-8 pm.  Check out more of Jan’s work at www.artcgalleryltd.com.