Jane Philips: Painting, 2005
I have spent the last few years exploring two realms of work. The first: my love of the human figure, the technical labor and proficiency in producing it and the subtlety of painterly creation. The second: vast and visceral abstract grounds I produce through an energetic and spontaneous process. I have married these realms by turning the abstractions into environments in which my figures exist and explore. The materials used are a combination of tradition and innovation. Oil paint is used to create the figures. Charcoal, instant coffee, ink, gesso, string, polyurethane, gold leaf, paint and shellac are used to create the rich, dark backgrounds.