Acrylic Glazing with Jan Crawford
August 07, 2019
Wed, August 7, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Wed, August 7, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Join Jan Crawford as she demonstrates techniques in acrylic glazing!
Jan will be introducing glazing techniques for acrylics, including preparing the canvas surface, using self-levelling gel and exploring materials associated with glazing. You will get a chance to see charts and stages of glazing to understand how transparent colours affect a painted background. Original paintings will be on display at this demo as well as a look into the progress of a painting.
Jan Crawford was born in Vancouver and moved to the Okanagan as a child where she was raised in an orchard setting Jan studied art in Vancouver from 1979-1988 and holds a B.ED (Art major) from the University of BC and a B.F.A (printmaking major) from
Emily Carr University. Today Jan is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA) where her paintings have been shown in several juried exhibitions
As a printmaker Jan is known for her large colourful Okanagan landscapes. While
At Malaspina Printmakers Gallery on Granville Island she produced over 140
Large Monotypes. Some of these can be seen at the Vancouver International Airport.
Jan’s work has been published in a Book titled Nexus: Histories and Communities. A series of six large monotypes, entitled The Packing House Series, speak to the disappearance of the Okanagan identity. By incorporating brightly coloured vintage fruit labels with archival photographs from museums, these prints have become records of a faded cultural identity. They are a significant contribution to the heritage of the Okanagan region of British Columbia.
Today, Jan works in acrylic and focuses on still life and landscape. Her large jars of cherries, peaches and apricots are saturated with eye popping colour. The canning jar labels like Mason, Jewell and Improved, speak to a time when the valley was a fruit producing region of BC. Her jars have become “portraits” of Okanagan identity. Jan has had an ongoing dialogue with her photography, cultural identity and paint for the past quarter century. Her work is in a category of cultural realism. “These jars of fruit( symbols of environmental awareness) are my story about my relationship with our land and the Okanagan.” These contemporary still life’s of the canning jar are symbols of cultural identity. Her work communicates an awareness regarding the preservation of cultural identities.
Jan’s large landscapes (back inside the orchard) are a recent body of work recapturing another symbol, the fruit tree. These landscapes are a narration of orchards that have vanished during the past forty years. Through Jan’s photography the experience of the orchard is brought back to life and like the jar, also speak to our Canadian identity.
Jan’s work can be seen at Galleries in the Hambleton Galleries, Kelowna, The Federation Of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver. North Van Arts , Vancouver. Her work has been exhibited at public and private Galleries throughout BC and California. Collections include the Vancouver International Airport, The Lakeside Resort, The Manteo Resort and Okanagan Wineries .Jan has donated her work to various arts organizations: Arts umbrella, shooting stars foundation, Kelowna Art Gallery, The Penticton Art Gallery and the BC Cancer agency in Vancouver and Victoria.