Australian contemporary landscape artist
Art of Jan Stapleton
Much of my recent work has been the series of 'billabong paintings' Interestng on an esoteric level, both western and indigenous. Also very healing for myself. "Water' in western culture has a very feminine and sacred aspect and the billabongs of northern Australia have great significance to the aboriginal people. very spiritual and life giving. I have been ever inspired by the great landscape artists of this country who have preceeded me and their struggle to relate their visual experience and inward perceptions of the landscape into a visual form. The beauty, lyricism and visual poetry of John Olsen; The calligraphic simplicity and marks of Fred Williams; The vibrance and passion for his subject of Arthur Boyd's river landscapes.
I work more from the 'essence', 'structure' and 'calligraphic elements'
of a landscape when I create an image. I paint mostly onto textured
acrylic surfaces and build up the image with layer over layer of
paint and marks. There is usually an interplay of transparent and
opaque paint layers which creates great depth in the painting.
The paintings take some time to complete as the results of each
layer dictate the next. The painting 'tells me' where it is going.
I spend a lot of time outdoors collecting material and 'absorbing'
ideas from the landscape but the paintings themselves are completed
in the studio.
The three series shown depict recent examples of Jan Stapleton's work. As much of Jan's artwork is shown in Commercial Art Galleries each will have a changing display. You may enquire about any painting and she will let you know where it may be viewed or purchased.
Additional works are available. Please contact the artist.
This means that no artwork may be reproduced in whole or part or copied in any way without prior permission of the artist.
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