As one of our newer artists, Jane Cartney joins a fabulous collection of emerging and established painters and sculptors from all over the world. Her art takes its place alongside work that is varied and accomplished, emotional and truthful. Her paintings stood out to me for their bold statements and expressive, bold colours and forms. They do not shy away from their audience and will capture the attention of anyone who views them.
Having exhibited in the UK and abroad, Cartney describes herself as being a colour expressionist, mixing the palettes and sensibilities of the Fauvist painters with the block forms and distorted shapes of the German Expressionists. Her work retains a joyful spontaneity, an unplanned leap into the imagination. All the possibilities of the world around jump from the canvass and into the mind.
The artist is inspired primarily by architecture and this influence shines through in her first collection for LondonArt. The work contains a windswept, twisting movement, with the buildings appearing to contort like human beings. Cartney herself says that this work is designed to capture the “power, mass and movement and the intangible life-form” of the material world around her. In her hands the buildings of the city become a tribe or a gang, moving as one and plotting their next move. She has been compared to both Van Gough and Gaudi and her work does feel like it contains the wonder of Gaudi with the edgy paranoia of the Dutch post impressionist.
Within her paintings a subtle psychedelic symmetry can often be found. The cartoon features of the outlines express the cool heart of passion and the pale blues and pinks of her palette show the complexities of the feelings. Her daring use of windswept movements and bold primary colours mean that the work stands out to even the most casual viewer. We are very glad to name her as LondonArt artist of the week and look forward to sharing more of her work with you in the future.