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Jane Reynolds, Arrangement 19. Oil on canvas, 76 x 50cm. Courtesy: the artist
Here Jane elevates the everyday object, lending the humble jug, sphere and watering can its own protagonist role in a play. Joining a long history of the painting genre of still life, dating back to the 17th Century Dutch masters, Jane’s mastering of hyperrealism is evident in her honed technique. Jane renders her subjects sharply yet in soft gradations of colour and tone which give the objects a matte textural appearance, enticing the viewer to want to reach into the painting and touch the objects intimately. Jane’s understanding of light and shade is particularly of note.
The beautifully rendered objects in Jane’s Arrangement 19 sit in serene harmony with each other. In essence an elegant still life composition, her choice of plastic containers and ambiguous shapes as subject bring her works into a more hyperreal place as does the saturated colour palette she selects. Contemporary yet calm, bathed in a soft light, Jane adds all the right portions and parts to create rich, refined, luxurious still life paintings.