Harequin by Janet Payne

Artist – Janet Payne
Title – Harlequin
Medium – Mixed
Size – 91cmX 91cm

The shine and tactile surface engages with the painting and is reminiscent of the POP ART era. Influential artists such as Bridgit Riley, Cy Twomby, Agness Martin and others use line and geometry to convey spiritual feelings.

5 Comments on “Harequin by Janet Payne”

  1. I am drawn back in time to the era you portray with this extraordinarily detailed and proportioned execution. I wish I could see the original as I am sure some of its impact of contrasting materials is lost when viewing an image. It is an appealing design and I look forward to seeing more of your work.

  2. Clever interaction with colors and lines executed precisely with and good quality. The idea is there and I wish it was in a more flowing composition to keep the viewer for longer. Using same pattern in repetitive lines can cause viewers to lose interest as it was supposed to be a piece of art and not a piece of decorative crafty work.

  3. I am familiar with the artists that you have mentioned, in particular, Agnes Martin as she is Canadian! And yes, your composition is certainly within this school of painting. I enjoy the color variations that are both warm and cool creating a gentle resonance. As well the tones are highly contrasting but contained within the white borders they become gentle..This composition is restful and intriguing!. Thank you for your submission.

  4. Right into geometrical abstraction. It’s a weaving, maybe a traditional ethnic textile..The white thread intersection points create successive horizontal ranks due to their thickness & balance the vertical arrangement of colours whose perception varies according to the proximity or distance between tones.
    I would have wished more information about the “tactile” surface as you mention it & for this general snapshot doesn’t bring any; You have to know you can post up to 3 different views of your works, detailed ones included.
    I would have been interested as well in knowing which spiritual feelings this brings to you.
    I’ve got no problem with repetition in art although this king of work may slide into decorative painting. I’m interested to see more.

  5. I am struggling a little here between justification and title. Janet there should never be an instance where you justify your work by quoting a list of ‘influential artists’ who have worked similarly; as if by mere association it gives your piece depth and meaning, making it more viable than it might be on its own ground. There is nothing wrong in quoting or painting is a known style. The only way a work will find merit is by falling or standing on its own two feet. In this work, it teeters between artistic apron strings to these noted artists and their pop art genre, not even to the pop art genre itself and it clings to credibility for dear life instead of simply claiming onwership to itself of itself. Your contextualising the work this way automatically makes it visually on the defensive, instead of bold, daring and commanding. It should be harlequen-esque; proud statuesque., even historic and iconic in its own right.

    The work, in absence of your claim has some lovely touches.The irony though is lost in the image as it fails to capture the textural play of sheen and shimmer. Your colour palette is gorgeously captured in the intricacy of the design and deceptive in its illusory effect. It’s a good work, so don’t diminish its standing by defending it so much to the point of apology.

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