Janine Creaye

sculpture and drawing

Small and large scale works for sale or commission, 
for interiors, gardens and public sites

 

 

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I work in a number of different ways but each is an extension of drawing and a response the contemporary world.  The choice of subjects is what I find unavoidably engaging and those that call me to make a response.

After study work in 2 dimensions, I produce sculptures by carving wood or stone or constructing in wire and cement.  I often cold cast the cement sculptures into bronze and treat it with a copper and acid solution make a rich texture and colour.

My primary subject is the human head in stylized, symbolic form.  I am inspired by head sculptures of Cambodia, India, Thailand and Egypt, and have traveled to see many of them first hand.  My head sculptures are about mood and contemplation, they are rarely portraits of specific people even when the study drawings start as such.  The artists I most admire for drawing style are Oscar Kokoschka, Lucien Freud, Odilon Redon.

Other subjects are largely interpretations of natural forms.  This may be figurative in the form of lizards, cats, insects, horses in action, or more abstracted as shells, fish and stylized foliage.  I am most influenced by Medieval gothic as well as Indian design and interpretation.  In these works the aim is often to bring attention to fascinating but commonly seen natural forms in a styled extraordinary way.



 

I have been working full time as a visual artist since 1983

 

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