Jennifer Letchet Paintings

My work explores fundamental elements of painting, the relationship between colour and line. I intend my paintings to affect the viewer optically with the illusion of shapes moving and receding. Colour theory is very important to my work. I use specific hues to symbolise ideas or emotions. The contained shapes on canvases seem more like objects than lines. My recent work explores natural and man-made disasters and the impact this has on our environment. I want to record the changing landscape through simplified shapes and colours.

Monday, 22 October 2007

Colour & Line

My work explores the relationship between colour and line. The line acts as a boundary between two complementary hues. I intend my paintings to affect the viewer optically. I want to create an illusion of the shapes moving and receding. The interacting colours appear to melt into one another provoking debate as to which hue is dominant. The smooth and shiny surface enhances the intensity of the colours. I use oil paint with linseed oil and damar varnish to create this almost satin like finish.

My imagery comes from drawings and photographs of nature and landscapes. More specifically buildings and plants. For example, I am intrigued with random shapes from a distant horizon, lifting these forms out of reality. Their reality gives them meaning and function. I strip these shapes from all association, and remind the viewer that foremostly, they are only lines that exist within space. The idea of negative and positive space is very important to my work. I want the viewer to question which colour has been conceived as the subject, and therefore occupies the positive space.

The drawings evolve and become more fluid through further drawing and refining. The depth of colour is created through several layers of oil paint. When painting the last layer, while the paint is still wet, I merge the hues with a small flat brush by sweeping across the line. This creates a softly blurred line, which gives a sense of fluidity and motion.

My paintings have been influenced by the work of contemporary painters Ingrid Calame, Jane Harris, Jason Martin, as well as the colourist Henri Matisse and the Fauvists. Overall, my work seeks to explore the possibility of the autonomy within art and the optical relationship between colours. Despite being rooted in reality, my paintings isolate shapes and strip them from associations. herefore, they can truly achieve full autonomy.

The Doppler Effect 27/02/08 - 01/03/08

I exhibited paintings and a three-dimensional piece in a show called 'The Doppler Effect'. 'The Doppler Effect' featured three other Bristol artists; Jessica Bartlett, Molly Behagg, and Jemma Grundon. The exhibition was shown at The Crypt, St Paul's Church, Bedminster, Bristol. Through a variety of mediums, the show delved into ideas about perception. Light, colour, and the sense of movement were used to quesion the viewers' perception of their surroundings.

Spike Island Open - Bristol, May 2008

I exhibited with Mariele Neudecker, Jessica Bartlett, Molly Behagg, Jemma Grundon and Sophie Mair at the Spike Island Open this year. It was an exciting and diverse exhibition showing both paintings and sculpture.

Spike Island Open - Bristol, May 2009

We are exhibiting at Spike Island Studios again. Please come to the Private View Friday 1st May 6-9pm or to the exhibition Saturday 2nd - Monday 4th May 10.30 - 6pm.