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Canadian painter Janna Watson uses abstraction as both an escape from and return to the real. As the world we know dematerializes into paint strokes, so too does her paint take stage as its very own character. Bundles of colour, made up of discrete yet inseparable instances of pigment—what Watson refers to as “moments”—are teeming and poised as though caught mid-multiplication. All the components play out on a surface of slow, chromatic gradation. Her backdrops tenderly gesture toward the familiar, stopping just short of representation. The result is a conceptual project (and distinct, stylistic signature) that speaks to a contemporary milieu in which abstract painting is not the retreat of meaning into an unrecognizable realm, but rather the emergence of medium as a "figure" in its own self-inscribed world of feeling and being. Watson does more then reveal paint's potential to emote-she gives it a space to reveal itself, in its own time.

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Janna  Watson Untitled 1

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Janna  Watson Untitled 1
Untitled 1

 
Janna  Watson Between dream and smoke
Between dream and smoke

 
Janna  Watson Climate Kiss
Climate Kiss

 
Janna  Watson Love of Aries
Love of Aries

 
Janna  Watson Love solves love
Love solves love

 
Janna  Watson Piano in the Street
Piano in the Street

 
Janna  Watson The Breathing Happily Angry Flower
The Breathing Happily Angry Flower

 
Janna  Watson Untitled
Untitled

 
Janna  Watson Wash Your Face
Wash Your Face

 
Janna  Watson Waterhole
Waterhole

 
Janna  Watson You Are A Lazy Cloud Formation
You Are A Lazy Cloud Formation

 
Janna  Watson Ribbon by the ocean
Ribbons by the ocean

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Janna  Watson

Janna Watson

Janna Watson Biography

JANNA WATSON
b. 1983, Flesherton Ontario, lives and works in Toronto Ontario

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011 Bau-Xi Gallery- (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Bau-Xi Gallery- (Toronto, Ontario)
Put a Straight Jacket on a Fire, Window Installation, Gallery 1313 (Toronto, Ontario)
2010 Bau-Xi Gallery - Light is Not Heavy (Toronto, Ontario)
2010 Bau-Xi Gallery - Overexcited Sensitivity (Vancouver, British Columbia)
2009 The Objects Have Lost Their Colour- Median Contemporary- (Toronto, Ontario)
2008 Wet Tambourine- Fute Design- (Toronto, Ontario)
2007 Nervous Laughter-- Soho Gallery (Toronto, Ontario)
2006 Janna Watson – River Salon (Toronto, Ontario)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011 Memory Project-- Okanagan Heritage Museum (Kelowna, British Columbia)
2010 Merge -- AGO (Toronto, Ontario)
2009 Toronto International Art Fair with Bau-Xi (Toronto, Ontario)
2009 Queen West Art Crawl- Trinity Bellwoods (Toronto, Ontario)
2009 Art Expo 2009 – Toronto Convention Center (Toronto, Ontario)
2009 Spring Exhibition- Hamilton Art Gallery (Hamilton, Ontario)
2008 Winter Exhibition- Hamilton Art Gallery (Hamilton, Ontario)
2008 Queen West Art Crawl – Trinity Bellwoods (Toronto, Ontario)
2008 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition – Nathan Phillip Square (Toronto, Ontario)
2008 Our Space is Vast – Transit Space – (Toronto, Ontario) – Installation
2007 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition – Nathan Phillip Square – (Toronto, Ontario)
2007 Who Dun nit – OCAD – (Toronto, Ontario)
2006 Art Fest – The Huron – (Collingwood, Ontario)

COLLECTIONS
Ritz Carlton Hotel - Permanent Painting Collection -- (Toronto, Ontario)
Relative Space-- Window Installation- (Toronto, Ontario) -- Installation
Soho Metropolitan Hotel -- Permanent Painting Collection – (Toronto, Ontario)
CIBC ONI ONE (Toronto, Ontario)

MEDIA
2011 Featured by designer Kelley Deck on CityLine TV program, February 2011
2009 NOW magazine—Artist Profile Interview – (Toronto, Canada)
2009 New York Art’s Magazine—Tips and Picks January/February issue – (New York, USA)

EDUCATION
2003 to 2008 BFA Drawing and Painting (Honours) – Ontario’s College of Art and Design – (Toronto, Ontario)

Janna Watson Description

Canadian painter Janna Watson uses abstraction as both an escape from and return to the real. As the world we know dematerializes into paint strokes, so too does her paint take stage as its very own character in a multi-act drama of composition. Bundles of colour, made up of discrete yet inseparable instances of pigment—what Watson refers to as “moments”—are teeming and poised as though caught mid-multiplication. Sweeps of paint re-direct sharply and fold over themselves; thin, rigid ink lines cut into the pictorial field as rudimentary elements in an increasingly complex system of painterly language. All the components play out on a surface of slow, chromatic gradation. Like many of Watson’s players, these backdrops tenderly gesture toward the familiar, stopping just short of representation. The result is a conceptual project (and distinct, stylistic signature) that speaks to a contemporary milieu in which abstract painting is not the retreat of meaning into an unrecognizable realm, but rather the emergence of medium as a "figure" in its own self-inscribed world of feeling and being. Watson does more than reveal paint's potential to emote-she gives it a space to reveal itself, in its own time.

Watson is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, and is building an impressive list of exhibitions for such a young painter.

Janna Watson Statement

Line has an invisible and tangible ability to transmit energy and information. Line is what weaves forms and thought together and guides the eye through volume, space and time; it makes my thought process visible. Thoughts are triggered by outside influences, physically processed, and then sent outward once again. Thoughts cannot be possessed. They are simple, sometimes intruding, fleeting and completely intimate. They are the structures that manifest into real life with uncomprehendable potential. These are the qualities imbued in line. Line is used as a metaphor in my work, for the lifespan of a thought caught on canvas. It also symbolizes my opposing yet symbiotic lifestyles visible in the tension between organic and geometric forms. When I am painting, I strive to communicate the ideas I am digesting which give form to the image.

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