London Calling

Monique Jansen

Year:

2017

Media:

Oil on board

Size (cm):

80 x 100 x 0.5

London 2019
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Shadow Falling Through the Window

Monique Jansen

Year:

2018

Media:

Acrylics and wax crayons on board

Size (cm):

80 x 100 x 0.5

London 2019

Venice

Monique Jansen

Year:

2016

Media:

Acrylics, wax crayons and oil sticks on canvas

Size (cm):

80 x 120 x 2

London 2019

Biography

I have always been painting and drawing. In art school, I fell in love with photography as well and my photos are often an inspiration for my paintings.

The weather in my home country The Netherlands has had an effect on my work- many of my works deal with rain and reflections. Because when it rains, the world looks very different. It is a world that fascinates me. In the rain, new reflections keep appearing, making the world vague and blurry.

I completed degree courses in The Netherlands, Zurich and Freiburg and have exhibited at various locations in the Basel region. My work is held in private collections in Switzerland, France, USA and The Netherlands.

Project

Most of my paintings are abstract and deal with rain in some form or shape. I love exploring the mysterious world of shimmering reflective surfaces that appear during or after it has rained. Looking through a window during a rain shower shows the world without its sharp contours, shows colors that blend together instead of their sharp contrasts.

My paintings consist of layers, which I add, scrape away and add again. And again. And again. I love the unexpected, the marvel of a layer scraped away revealing a beautiful palette of colors or structure underneath.
I usually work on more than one painting at a time. There is always a layer that needs drying, a painting that needs some time or I might want to go back to a painting I thought was finished. It's an ongoing process- a process I love.
I paint with metallic paints. Gold, silver, copper. I use luminous crayons. And I use lots of blue. My paintings have layers of color. Some layers might shine, reflect or catch the light in a certain way. Because of the material, some paintings look different from every angle.

My aim is to create a space where one can admire the beauty that rain can produce. A space where we see the unexpected and beautiful side of the rain. In rainy London an added bonus would be if people leaving the Art Rooms exhibition would actually see the beautiful side of rain, if only for a few minutes, before running to the closest metro stop.

Monique Jansen

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