Featured Artist Jan Brandt

Artist Jan Brandt draws from microscopic images to create vivid abstract paintings filled with repeating forms and movement. Visit her website to see more.

 

"Conjured Formations #2" Acrylic, 36" x 48" by artist Jan Brandt. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Conjured Formations #2″ Acrylic, 36″ x 48”

 

My recent work has evolved from an interest in creating depictions of imagined cellular landscapes. These representations are not literal. They are based on memories of looking at microscope slides and science textbooks during my school days.

 

"Conjured Formations #4" Acrylic, 36" x 48" by artist Jan Brandt. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Conjured Formations #4″ Acrylic, 36″ x 48”

 

I am also inspired by vintage illustrations of botanical, zoological and ocean life studies.

 

"Conjured Formations #5" Acrylic, 36" x 36" by artist Jan Brandt. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Conjured Formations #5″ Acrylic, 36″ x 36”

 

The idea of creating a sense of movement is important to me, both aesthetically and in the manner in which it aids the interpretation of the subject matter of my work.

 

"Conjured Formations #6" Acrylic, 36" x 36" by artist Jan Brandt. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Conjured Formations #6″ Acrylic, 36″ x 36”

 

My aim is to suggest an expansion and/or reproduction of cellular, biomorphic forms. Complementary and vibrating colors as well as scale changes help achieve this sense of activity.

 

"Conjured Formations #7" Acrylic, 36" x 48" by artist Jan Brandt. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Conjured Formations #7″ Acrylic, 36″ x 48”

 

The knowledge that designs repeat in nature, from micro to macro, is fascinating to me. I conjure and build compositions into magical formations which hint at the mystery and beauty of a world unseen by the naked eye.

 

"Conjured Formations #8" Acrylic, 48" x 48" by artist Jan Brandt. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Conjured Formations #8″ Acrylic, 48″ x 48”

 

There is a whimsical sense to my work, which is a nod to the ineffable feeling of a child’s wonderment as he or she learns about the surrounding world and environment.

 

"Conjured Formations #9" Acrylic, 30" x 40" by artist Jan Brandt. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Conjured Formations #9″ Acrylic, 30″ x 40”

 

A child has so many questions, without all the answers being available to them yet. Their active imaginations create a beautiful, and at times fantastical, “filling in” of nature’s ways.

 

"Conjured Formations #10" Acrylic, 48" x 48" by artist Jan Brandt. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Conjured Formations #10″ Acrylic, 48″ x 48”

 

As adults, we often put this wonderment and imagination aside, feeling we know or should understand the workings of the natural world. It is a freeing exercise to build these compositions using color, texture and form enabling me to be transported to magical worlds.

 

"Conjured Formations #14" Acrylic, 36" x 48" by artist Jan Brandt. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Conjured Formations #14″ Acrylic, 36″ x 48”

 

Creating these imagined organic environments is a welcome reminder of childhood discovery and awe.

 

"The Magic Hours" Acrylic, 40" x 30" by artist Jan Brandt. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Magic Hours” Acrylic, 40″ x 30″

 

“The Magic Hours,” my latest painting, is an evolution from abstracted conjured formations paintings. I have included both abstracted and realistic depictions of flora and fauna. While this painting is a bit of a departure from the others, I feel it is a logical path to explore. The natural world is investigated, and color is used in a similar way. Color choices and placements are meant to activate the eye and encourage a movement throughout the composition.

 

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  1. Nibedita Halder says

    How to share my art? I want to share my art, I want to show my talent to the world.can you help me how to sell my art? I have no art website.

    • Nibedita, if you are a beginner who wants to sell, you can begin on third party sites like Etsy which make it easy to set up a shop. You will need great photos of your work, understand how to price appropriately and start marketing and promoting. There are hundreds of articles on this site about that those topics. Go to our navigation bar, and click on Articles – Business of Art to get started.

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