“ The colour and decorative content is intuitive and I love the process of manipulating the colours upon the surface, immersed in the vehicle of colour and personal associations. The magic of the unseen, embracing the fragility and strength of this life, for that reason my art has always been a personal journey. These impressions and visual expressive poems are explored and anchored in a highly personal narrative about a sense of place, my memory and emotion for each carefully composed frame. “
Jan Gardner was born and brought up in North Wales and spent much of her early years wandering the lanes and hills around her home. It was here that the light, space and colours that inhabit her work first became an influence. Drawing on these memories and experiences of special places and her later travels in Europe, Morocco and the U.S.A.; she crafts vivid and atmospheric works. Colours that fly in from emotion and passion, relaying a deep connection with the varied, differing landscapes from which they evolve.
Sustained self-critique means Jan is highly articulate in describing the process and act of making, detailed technique and mark-making , and the deeper emotional dimensions of her work. Fascinated by the challenge that each of us sees colour differently, yet each engages with colour emotionally, her engagement with colour is both lens and lynchpin and this nuanced understanding of perception, emotion and association underpins the marks and choices of her process at a deeper level.
In 2007 Jan was awarded an Arts Council of Wales research grant which enabled her to explore the source of her palette and the ancient and contemporary manufacture of pure pigment in Milan, Geneva and New York. In 2012 was awarded a project grant from the Arts council of Wales towards a new body of work for a major touring solo show commencing from Oriel Gallery, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, Flintshire, north Wales. This major new body of work toured the U.K in 2013- 2014, including venues in Scotland, England, culminating in the tours conclusion in Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni, Anglesey. Jan is currently represented by Resipole Gallery, Scotland, Contemporary Six, Manchester and the Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno and ‘Off the Wall’ Gallery, Cardiff.
Jan was invited to become an academician of The Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy in 2015. Jan`s work is held in private, public and corporate collections in the U.K, mainland Europe and across the world. Jan is based in Conwy.
Jan recently in the Spring of 2018, completed a large commission for a major national company to produce a series of original paintings to be reproduced in their properties. Last autumn she was ‘invited artist’ to take part in an exhibition at The Dock Museum, with the South Lakes Arts Collective in Barrow-in-Furness. She also continues to run workshops, talks and master classes across the U.K.
Jan’s work is held in private, corporate and public collections across the U.K and worldwide.