Janet Keith

Janet Keith’s work takes inspiration from the tangle of nature, landscapes near and far and music of all kinds, and her approach to painting is intuitive and non-representational. She generally begins a painting by settling in front of the canvas then letting loose with lots of fast, uncensored and spontaneous, mark making. This ‘phase’ is like the sound of the orchestra tuning up – a random but purposeful cacophony. Then the dance between freedom and form begins. That involves a to-ing and fro-ing with the canvas; concealing/revealing areas of paint, adding/subtracting, thinking/acting, finding/losing and finding again. Her task is to hold the initial spontaneity in a considered pictorial structure, enabling the paintings to...

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