Linen, 24k Gold Leaf and a Soul…
There are many things one thinks about in a painting. Often, it’s how to handle your chosen medium and how to best reveal the light in a three dimensional form on a two dimensional surface. Recently, I read The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant in preparation for my residency in Gwaii Haanas National Park. It caused me to think more deeply about my materials and the link between materials and the work being created and I have a painting in mind that I want to create when I’m back in the studio at the end of June.
Living in my head isn’t fun sometimes. A kajillion thoughts are there at any one time, and the only place I find peace is at the easel. The thought of this idea for a painting has been tugging at me for a month, and in the midst of all the crazy CRA stuff, and getting ready for the monumental trip….still, I couldn’t sleep for wanting to try something out: 24 karat gold leaf on a linen oil painting. In doing some research, I found a few contemporary artists who are working with this on panel…only one I could see so far that was working with it on linen. For thousands of years, classical artists have been using gold leaf to create works, religious icons, embellished architecture.
I spoke with folks from Saskatoon (to source out natural shellac), to New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto and finally….in Calgary. Everyone was generous with their ideas, techniques and information on materials. Here in Calgary, I found Jennifer at Mona Lisa Art Supply. Jen knew quite a bit about gold leafing and when I explained to her what I was thinking as far as the conceptual thought for the paintings, she got excited and was very helpful in showing me a few ideas about how to go about it and the technical qualities of what I was proposing to work with.
Last night, I took the plunge in this painting…and am VERY excited with how this is all going!
We are very excited to announce that Gibson Fine Art has signed Janice Tanton.
GFA represents 35+ exciting mid-career and experienced contemporary Canadian artists in an intimate and refined cosmopolitan gallery space.
Located at in the heart of the design & gallery district in bustling downtown Calgary, the Cultural Capital of Canada for 2012, Gibson Fine Art specializes in placement within residential and corporate art collections.
“Gibson Fine Art maintains a commitment to supporting the local artistic community; we also keep a keen eye on distinctive, emerging Canadian talent. We strive to ensure the long term development of our artists’ careers by offering an innovative program of individual and group exhibitions both in the gallery and off-site.”
Contact Gallery Director & Principal:
Gibson Fine Art is located at:
628 11th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2R 0E2
Tues to Sat: 10am to 5pm
Gallery Representation for Janice Tanton:
Effective Thursday, January 26th, 2012 Janice Tanton terminated her representation at Elevation Gallery, Canmore, AB and will be self-representing in the Bow Valley area of Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise.
If you are a collector located in the Bow Valley, please contact my office directly at (403) 688-4677 for any requests regarding artworks by connecting with me through this site or at JaniceTanton.ca
Many thanks to Elevation Gallery in Canmore, Alberta for it’s past professional representation of my artworks and paintings.
New exhibition arrangements for the CAMP project will be forthcoming. Please subscribe to this blog for updates on this exciting work and future venue.
Janice is represented in Alberta and British Columbia by the following fine galleries:
Gallery Director: Karen Gimbel
110 Centre Avenue W.
Black Diamond, Alberta T0L 0H0
Gallery Director: Heather Cuell
Gallery Art Manager: Daryl DaCosta
1033 7th Ave Invermere, BC V0A 1K0