JAN NEIL

Jan Neil is a Melbourne based career artist who has been evolving since graduating her fine art study in 1975

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Jan's artistic inspiration comes from the natural environment, as well as her urban surroundings in Fitzroy, particularly street art and graffiti. Her new toolbox consists of photography, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and digital printing. All of the images on this website are available as limited edition prints - signed and numbered, with a choice of printing on paper or stretched canvas to the size you desire.

Jan is our most prolific artist and never stops creating. No sooner would she be telling us about a new concept and within a week or 2 a new suite of beautiful images will arrive at our gallery.

As there are so many works we have divided them into the below subcategories.

 

Modern Nature / Contemporary Impressionism >>>

Urban Scenes and Icons >>>

 

More about the artist:

Jan Neil is an Australian career artist, who has completed many commissions, in both the public and private sectors.

After completing studies in Fine Art in 1975, Jan worked in various art mediums until 1989, when she concentrated on image making exclusively using the silk screen process.

Jan's artistic inspiration comes from the natural environment, as well as her urban surroundings in Fitzroy, particularly street art and graffiti. Her new toolbox consists of photography, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and digital printing. All of the images on this website are available as limited edition prints - signed and numbered, with a choice of printing on paper or stretched canvas to the size you desire.

Jan combined silk screen with collage, resulting in the production of original art works, unique monoprints, and a series of limited edition prints. In her process, Jan used an open screen with heavy torn paper as a mask, positioned on each work to prevent ink from being deposited in unwanted areas. Through the following year, Jan converted to adding acrylic paint to collage. The collage is now applied to stretched canvas, allowing for changes in scale as well as the variety of collage materials, eg. timber, metal, wire and found objects. Collage materials are applied on a black background, acrylic paint is added, dark to light, waiting for each colour to dry before the next application.

Although landscape is not her only inspiration for image making, it is naturally suggested in Jan’s painting by the colours, textures, horizontal panels and separations. Found objects have an inferred history and draw connections between things encountered and time and place.

Via the collage medium, Jan draws upon a vehicle which offers the viewer creative opportunities for interaction and personal participation.

In 1981 Jan moved from Central Victoria to Melbourne where she has exhibited regularly. She has also exhibited in every Australian State as well as overseas..

In 1997 Jan moved to her Carlton Studio, Melbourne, where she commenced Acrylic Collage on stretched canvas. Collage materials used were mainly found objects; timber, metal, wire and fabrics. This period marked a new chapter in Jan's prolific artistic career, during which she completed many commissions for high profile clients; Greg Norman's yacht; Launceston Country Club Tasmania, Sails in the Desert, Uluru and many others. From Carlton, In 2002 Jan moved to a purpose designer studio and gallery in Clifton Hill, where for the next 8 years she held exhibitions of her own and the work of other artists in a variety of mediums.

Jan's artistic inspiration comes from the natural environment, as well as her urban surroundings in Fitzroy, particularly street art and graffiti. Her new toolbox consists of photography, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and digital printing. All of the images on this website are available as limited edition prints - signed and numbered, with a choice of printing on paper or stretched canvas to the size you desire.

Jan uses only archival inks and substrates to provide her clients with quality and affordable art.

 

If you are local come and see our gallery at 60 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern.

 

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Jan's works are available as prints on paper framed or unframed or as pre stretched canvas (ready to hang). They can be purchased by e mail or calling us on 03 9576 1566. All her printed works are available in almost any size. Prices are uniform for all Jan's works, you just need to call or email to place an order. 

"Initially I was not interested in making prints of my paintings. I guess I felt that it devalued the paintings in some way. Over the last 10 – 15 years the art market has changed considerably. People today do not want to be excluded by price from having art pieces of their choice when decorating. 

Consequently the Giclee Print has come into it own. It is the preferred way for artists, galleries and publishers to make reproductions and prints. 
The technology behind this revolution is based on the power of computers combined with advances in printing techniques. Extremely fine droplets of ink can be spurted onto heavy water-colour paper or artist’s canvas. These droplets can be controlled by the computer so that the resolution of the printed image is much finer than conventional printing. With 1800 dots per inch,there is no visible dot pattern, allowing the image to be of full strength in colour.
The materials used in my Giclee Prints are of archival quality, the inks are light fast and a life of 85 to 90 years is predicted indoors without any noticeable fading.

Once I started to reproduce paintings, I learned the value of computers and was excited to extend my range of prints to Digital Images, produced solely by using the computer often in conjunction with the camera.

I use both Photoshop and Illustrator to combine photographs of buildings, surfaces, graffiti and sometimes paintings. Many a night working on the computer I look out my window to see the dawn, so engrossed I am in what I am doing.
Very quickly, as this technical stuff can be boring. I often put a photo into Illustrator, do a “live trace”, (reduces image to a black line of pattern) Then the play starts. Combining this image with additional images, then working in “layers” in photo-shop. Arriving at the final image is a slow process, images must be proofed and re-proofed. Then enlarged to ensure the image can cope with size enlargement.
I love “colour” that’s an understatement. It doesn’t always have to be bright, just appeal to my sensibility. Secondly, I love texture, the more the better, providing image holds together.
So with colours and textures everywhere I’m a happy individual, constantly thinking of the next adventures into imagery." Jan Neil

 

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