Jane Dell

"Nothing I can say is going to improve how it looks." -Ken Price

My current series of mixed media collages on Mylar and acrylic on canvas are an expressionistic and dreamlike journey of images inspired by nature and and its complex forms and colors. The work fuses various paint mediums and photo/collage elements, with abstracted elements of forms and shapes that exist within a landscape of imagined chaos. Very often the scene is constructed from the subjects’ point of view, as if the  forms are telling the story. The finished results  reveal a curious universe; a cautionary place that’s disturbing, but perhaps hopeful. A world of imaginary dystopia where familiar elements are combined in unfamilar landscapes to create a luscious unease.

"Jane Dell’s paintings and works on paper are a pithy and magical blend of
abstraction and figuration, of glorious color and mutating forms, and of
seductive fantasies and unsettling dreams.What really excites me about Dell’s art are the possibilities inherent in each work for exploration, both
viscerally and metaphysically. "

Curator/Artist, Judith Page 2013

"....But Dell isn't without undercurrents of angst and ennui. The acrylic collage on canvas "Trouble in Paradise" has a lone figure amid beautiful flora and fauna and a fish eye next to a window. The surroundings are opulent, seductive and vacant. Its reserved demeanor more than merely suggest things aren't quite right, but it doesn't yell, or throw a tantrum. 
Dell's compositions, made with acrylic and collage on canvas, or watercolor, ink, photography, collage on Mylar, are aqua environments with starfish spinning, urchins scuttling, frogs grinning and plants swaying. 
On the surface, they're placid pictures of a harmonious world submerged in water.
Beneath, they're anything but comforting. Dell's images have a detectable tension subtly suggested through palette and composition. 
Through various critters, keenly mixed and matched, interacting in their watery world, a tranquil existence seems to be on the edge much like the quiet before the storm. This is where Parsons and Dell connect and make an engaging exhibit."

Tim Kane is a freelance writer in Albany 2014

Consider a commission.  I create work to your specifications; size, content, color, and within your time frame. Call for more information: (973) 495-7292
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