Always a Storm
Jane Theodore’s work explores the physicality of painting. Her primary interest is the process of creation—the interplay between body, movement and material, expressed by cycles of vigorous gesture followed by contemplative observation. And while Theodore’s paintings are firmly rooted in abstraction, subtle evocations of place may appear. Echoes of light from her northern Canadian childhood and hints of topography from travel manifest in colours and textures. In this respect, Theodore’s work can be read as an exploration of the world and of painting itself, informed by experience, memory and emotion.
Jane Theodore lives and paints in Toronto, Canada. With a background in graphic design and illustration, she has had a successful career as a print-maker. In 2013, Jane shifted her focus exclusively to painting. Jane’s work is a process-driven, spontaneous exploration of gesture, form and colour. Compositions are revealed as layers of paint are added and subtracted, forms appear and disappear, and the paint is scratched or scraped, exposing what lies beneath. Working on both paper and canvas, the paintings’ foundation is high-intensity colour, and invites an intuitive and visceral reaction. Jane’s latest paintings are joyful, fresh, buttery smooth and energetic, the work never appears overworked or tired. This is visual candy created by an experienced hand motivated by pure originality of thought. Jane’s inspired visual delights parallel the finest confections, they always leave you wanting more.
Jane has worked in fine arts since 1992, her background includes exhibited work in galleries, representation by international art distributors Progressive Fine Art, and Chicago Center for the Print, and publication by fine art publishers Verkerke Reprodukties N. V., of Holland. Jane’s work is included in the Collections Canada website, Women Artists in Canada, and represented in numerous collections throughout North America.
“In the work of the artist Jane Theodore the compositions and the contrasts of shades are in the forefront. Strong colours appear as a translation of magic and harmonious intangible elements, and allow you to understand the intimate resonance with the sensitivity of the artist who makes these paintings living works. To give shape to her abstract vision, Jane Theodore works with a wide range of possibilities, transposes the conceptualization and makes you, the observer of her art, an accomplice.”
José Roberto Moreira - Curator, Colorida Art Gallery