Jan Munro PS 

 
Artist's Statement:

My paintings are made with watercolour, acrylic, pastels and sometimes a mixture of media. I am primarily a landscape painter using both local and other UK places for inspiration. More recently I have been developing still life paintings in pastel. I love to buy a piece of pottery wherever I visit and it inspires a still life.
I aim to represent a place or thing but also to convey to the viewer my inspiration and feelings about what I am painting. I want to look beyond the reality.
Composition and design are key elements in my paintings so that there is a feeling of balance. There will always be a sense of light and space. I work hard to master the media that I use so that the painting seems to flow beyond technique and to be made with a playful curiosity and seemingly without struggle.
Enabling others to enjoy and develop their own art is a big part of my life. Weekly classes for adults take up much of term time. Often preparing a class informs a painting. They go hand in hand.
Method of Working
I like to spend time in a place, make sketches, take photos and gather as much information as I can. Paintings of landscape are mostly made in my studio from sketches made on site. If I use a photo I always make a sketch from it and use memories of that place so that I move away from the totally representational. More and more I like to paint en plain air sketches usually in watercolour. Landscapes are made in watercolour and acrylic with texture and distance in mind.
A still life is always set up in my studio. Recently I have been including landscape or place in with the still life. This can take time. I need to see it for colours, patterns and light. I then do a drawing. Pastel is the medium. I use a sanded surface in a mid or dark tone. Pastel is applied dark to light with side strokes and some layering.

Biographical Details:

Born London 11.4.1958

Lives and works Herts/Bucks area

First Career was in Nursing. 1976-1990.

Bsc Hons Human Biology: Loughborough University, 1985.

City and Guilds : Mixed Media, Life Drawing, Watercolour Diploma part 1 (Gold Medal Winner 2000).

Society Memberships

The Pastel Society

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes

The Artist Award : Look Again, The Pastel Society 2015

The Unison Award : Look Again, The Pastel Society 2015

The Annie Longley Award : The Pastel Society 2016

The Frank Herring Award : The Pastel Society 2016

The Wicked Watercolour Award : The RI 2015

Best in Show St Albans Art Society, 2006, 2007, 2015, 2016

Other Exhibitions:

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 2009, 2014, 2015, 2017

The Pastel Society 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

The Society of Women Artists 2011, 2013

Parallax : Chelsea Town Hall, 2015

Yvonne Arnaud Exhibition, Guildford, 2015

Annual Exhibitions of St Albans, Berkhamsted, Harpenden Art Societies

Open Studio, Herts, every year

Publications:

Munro, Jan : ‘ Artists to Watch’, The Pastel Journal USA, Dec 2016, p.23

Munro, Jan : ‘Colour, Shape and Space’, The Artist magazine, Nov 2015, p.12

Website:

www.janmunro.com 

 

 

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Featured Artist

Jaana Fowler
IMG 1980 sized featured
' Evening Still Life '
by Jaana Fowler

 

Jaana Fowler PS 

Biographical Details:

1973 Came to London from Helsinki
1979 BA Fine Art (Sculpture) St Martins School of Art
1982-2013: Freelance assistant to Sir Anthony Caro
1996-99 Leading Visual Literacy workshops, Royal Holloway College

Societies:

The Pastel Society

Exhibitions:

2015-2016
group shows: Society of Women Artists, Charlie Smith Anthology, Royal West Academy Bristol
2014-2015
group shows: Pastel Society Open, Royal West Academy Open, Discerning Eye
2013-2014
two artists: Peggy Jay Gallery at Burgh House Hampstead
2012-2013
group shows: Open West Exhibition at Newark Park (NT) and Wilson Gallery Cheltenham, Threadneedle Prize
2011-2012
group shows: Royal Academy Summer Show, Threadneedle Prize Exhibition Mall Galleries
2010-2011
solo show: Artist of the Day at Flowers Cork Street
2009-2010
group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Artspace at Barn Galleries, Ludlow Summer Show, three artists: Kingsgate Gallery
2008-2009
group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Ludlow Summer Show
2007-2008
two artists: Koukan gallery London N10, group shows: Battersea Art Fair, Artspace at Barn Galleries

Go to www.jaanafowler.co.uk  to view full CV and exhibitions 

Details of the following images are shown on the banner:

' Lemon and Grapes '
' Red Stripe '
' Blue Rubber ;

     


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