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Original abstract expressionist painting
Acrylic on deep edged canvas – edges painted white
Image Size: H101 cm x W76 cm x D 4 cm
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Savannah Afternoon is an original abstract and expressionist painting by Janet Keith. Janets approach to painting is spontaneous and unplanned. The paintings are not intended to depict any place or thing but often embody colours, shapes or rhythms which Janet has absorbed unconsciously and which later seem to emerge in her painting.The painting is made up of many layers of transparent and opaque paint with line emerging and disappearing all over the painting. It has a calming, soft green blue palette which is in contrast to the energetic mark making. Savannah Afternoon reminds Janet of a trip to the Southern States of America – Spanish moss in the trees, humidity, greenness, scent of jasmine and languid afternoons listening to the unfamiliar birdsong in gardens or under a verandah fan – escaping the heat.
Janet Keith is a contemporary painter based in the U.K. Her painting is a response to the visual excitement and beauty of her surroundings. Her artistic roots are in outdoor painting, working directly from life. However, that rich experience now informs a more abstract and mostly studio based approach to painting – which has become an exploration of how spontaneous gesture and considered pictorial structure weave together in building an expressive painting.
Janet works in an unplanned, improvisational and intuitive way – with one mark or colour opening possibilities for the next. Sometimes this results in an entirely abstract image. Often the painting echoes the very rural surroundings of her studio and influences from travels near and far. Janet comments,
‘…I am so often surprised to have made a painting which I could never have imagined or planned in advance. I like to think that in painting I am releasing some ‘joie de vivre’ and reflecting back into the world some of the wonder I find there…’.
Janet has Degrees in both the History of Art and Painting. She exhibits regularly in the UK and has paintings in private collections in the UK, USA, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and Australia.
Size: H:101 cm x W:76 cm