Hi! I’m Jan Allsopp, an abstract artist who believes that art adds a sense of peace, adventure, reverie and a whole gamut of positive emotions to your home. Living with art is both a journey and a comfort, an exploration jump off point and a cocoon for your soul, and I believe that art is for everyone. (More about this last point a little further down.)
My paintings use colours, shapes and textures to express my current life and its melding with my past. Recently I had the great pleasure of moving into what was my family’s beach-side holiday cottage. I find my days are punctuated with memories of people, events, objects – you know, the good old days. This has always been a happy place for me and living here has transformed my art.
I think of my abstract paintings as a subliminal language, conveying ideas that can’t be stated in words. The freedom of abstracts allows me to express the intangible, the essence of a memory, place or time as well as well as the emotions from those good old days. This freedom is embedded in each painting and stays in it, even after it is hanging in your lounge room, bedroom or where ever in your home.
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More about me & how I create
My earliest memories are of creating. If I didn’t have the toys I wanted, I made them. I wanted long hair so I made wool wigs. I wanted a pet rabbit so I made a costume and became a rabbit. I did all of this before I was even old enough for Kindergarten!
Fast forward to now, when I begin a painting I start without a fixed idea of what the painting will be. I layer acrylic paint, drawing media and collage elements (many from my father’s reference and notebooks I found in his workshop) until a memory is triggered or a connection recognised in the marks and colours. I stay with it and develop it. Finally I use my father’s tools to mark, gouge and scrape back through the layers to reveal the painting’s own history. In this way I am able to combine the past with the present, bringing the golden days of childhood holidays to live again in the present where they can be accessed simply by looking at the finished painting. Yet my paintings are contemporary and sit firmly in today. They look great anywhere.
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