Detail from Portrait of a January King
Artist: Jessica Alys
York-based artist Jessica specialises in portraiture, using carcoal, oils and pastels. But she also paints a very different kind of picture, based in Native American Indian dreamcatchers...
I first became interested in painting through a love of portraiture. I was fascinated by the process of expressing a person’s personality and spirit in a picture. I started painting landscapes (and cabbages on request) several years later, and still approach a landscape in the same way as a portrait, being interested in expressing the individual atmosphere of a place, through the use of light and colour, and occasional touches of fantasy. Whatever the subject I try to give it a sense of presence that gives the picture its effect and character.
My dreamcatcher paintings are also a form of portrait - a way of expressing people's dreams. They are based on a Native American Indian tradition of dream catchers, which are made out of wood, twine, feathers and other valued objects. They are hung in windows and openings to allow only meaningful dreams.
These paintings, and greetings cards, are part-collage, part-painted images. They have a dreamlike quality as the images shift and change depending on how you look at them. With these you can bring your dreams into reality, if only in two dimensions!
I carry out commissions both for portraits and landscapes working from photographs and life. When working solely from photographs I use one main photograph for the image and several others to give me a more rounded view of a personality. I enjoy the process of bringing the photographic image to life, particularly if it comes from the distant past.
last updated: 24/02/2009 at 15:59
How to contact Jessica
You're welcome to call Jessica on her mobile - 07533 127809
Or email her: email@example.com
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