voguxe asked: the photo of you from the shoot with the projection cast over you (your not the one) I thought you were sky till I read te comment you're stunning honey
yes - its a self portrait - its just an out-take of a photo i took as source material for a painting - for an upcoming show in the fall (2014) … I don’t think most people realize that its a self portrait viewed out of context like that. (I initially posted to my instagram and someone reposted to tumblr) but i think its exciting to see how people react to the image outside of context. I don’t know who sky is, but thanks.
Me in the studio today.
working on a new piece in the studio
it will be a self portrait in the centre
I don’t too often find hyper-realist art all that interesting these days - not since I’ve been introduced to a wider variety of works that just do so much more. Don’t get me wrong, they are usually very impressive, but they lack the depth of pieces that go ahead and use experimental mediums or techniques, interesting concepts and themes or things that are just that little bit different. This could be my recent new thirst for more contemporary and post-modernist art coming through; it very well likely is.
However, Jen Mann’s paintings are an example of what I think is hyper-realism done well. Her almost photographic images are painted in justice with their fanciful colour pallets and well, rather ironically, classic photographic image filter style! The images are reminiscent of the tools I often use myself in photoshop to edit photographs; the overlays, the inverted colours, the pixelated/censored areas, and the sickly and highly contrasted colours one could create by running an image through a hipster, pre-downloaded ‘Action’. I think there is something really great in Mann’s pieces that has made me sort of fall in love with them.
Her concepts are drawing from well-known ideas, yet there’s still something very fresh about them. The designs are something you would be most expecting to see from a graphic design area of practice, so it’s a surprise for us to see them as a painting… and as huge painting at that! Many of these pieces are incredibly large, something that just wouldn’t pay off if they were only edited photographs.
Jen Mann has a good understanding of colour and how to create mood through pallet choices and I feel that the pieces are almost sarcastic? They have an idea of fun about them and don’t seem to be taking themselves 100% seriously.
good to know they can caught my sense of humour.
wait for my new pieces…. too much sarcasm, too much cynicism, too much fun. xo
"do you like meow" 20"x20"
my piece for the Prisma group show at wwa in Culver City
turft asked: Your pieces are incredibly inspiring. I have a few of your works in an archive of reference images and inspirational pieces! But, I have a question. You seem to put a base color when working on your pieces, and then draw the details of the image with a while pencil/pen. What medium are your works usually in, and do you suggest drawing out the details before or after you apply a base color? How long do your works usually take, and how much paint do you use on 1 piece?
The base colour is achieved by using acrylic paint mixed in with my last layer of gesso - I then use white conte pencil to do the outlines of the images. My paintings are all oil. I don’t know how much paint I typically use, not much though, since my paintings are fairly smooth and use a thin application of paint. My works take a varying amount of time - some take a day, some take a couple weeks. A lot of my time is spent in process work before I even start to paint.
before and after shots of my new studio - and the construction that I did to make it work.
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It seems contradictory that Toronto based artist Jen Mann creates such large, metaphorically rich portraits in such a small studio space but perhaps the compression helps the formation of her work, which visually and intellectually can be related to the beauty of diamonds. Jen, who is currently working on a number of secretive new pieces, took some photographs of her space and some sneak peeks of her new work for Supersonic which you can see below: