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Jardine Studio Newsletter, July/August 2012

This is the July/August edition of my newsletter, taken from the HTML code of my mailing software. Hence, the crazy font and alignment issues!

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July & August, 2012

Artist Alison Jardine’s Newsletter
TV Feature – watch online
August 4th Opening – The MAC
Sensation and Perception – Art for a Book
New Work

Profile Photograph
TV Feature Online
 My feature for CBS 11 was trailered and then shown during the CBS broadcast of the recent Tony awards. This feature is now also available for viewing online:
This was syndicated and shown across the country, from Dallas, to Oregon, to Los Angeles and Alabama, on a variety of networks.
It was great to get such interest in my year’s iPad experiment, not least as publicity is one of the hardest parts of being a professional artist. In addition, this project has also profoundly influenced my painting and thoughts on art in ways I hadn’t anticipated.
I hope you will enjoy watching the feature.

The MAC Membership Show



June 17, 2011: Saatchi & Kew ~ 20″ x 20″ oil on wood panel, with 1″ wood border
Join myself and many other Dallas-based artists on Saturday, August 4th for the opening of this year’s McKinney Avenue Contemporary’s Membership show. The theme is “Trans-“, and as usual there’s be an eclectic mix of styles, media and interpretations of this theme, from over 100 artists.
Saturday, August 4
5:30pm to 7:30pm
3120 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75204


Sensation & Perception
I am very thrilled and proud that four of my artworks have been chosen for the cover of a new book by eminent professor of neurology Stephen Yantis. The book is called Sensation and Perception. What is intriguing and satisfying is that Professor Yantis is exploring many of the same ideas about the human mind as I do in my artwork, such as the nature, and mechanisms, of our perception, and our storage of these perceptions in our biological and digital memories.
The book features artwork as chapter headings too, by artists such as Rothko and Picasso, and so I am truly honored to have my work chosen. 
This is a mock-up of what the final cover may look like:
A mock-up of what the book’s cover may look like
The book will be available in the Fall, and is published by New York publisher Freeman & Worth (Madison Ave, New York, NY). 

New Work
A new work is almost complete in my Sunlight Abstraction series


This is still a work in progress, but I always enjoy sharing progress shots of my paintings. This is the latest in my Sunlight Abstractions series, and one that begins to introduce new elements to what has gone before.
I also wanted to share a Statement I wrote for the book, about my work:

At the edge of representation we find the patterns that comprise the underlying structures, colors, and light available to our biological and intellectual process of vision.

I sometimes think of my process of creating art as scavenging from nature, a kind of ‘found art’ but where the object found is visual. I begin with a photograph that I take on my digital camera, and manipulate that image (now just a collection of pixels, after all) until I have a work on which I can base an oil painting.

When this painting is completed, I take a photograph of the painting, and digitally alter and manipulate it until, by both chance and planning, I create an image that will form the basis of the next painting.  This feedback loop continues towards a gradual, entropic dispersal of color and light.

As part of this process, I explore the properties of the paint, and I allow this change of medium from pixel to paint to add its own character to the work, to alter the possibilities of the kind of image I create.

This parallels the change that occurs when our perception of an event becomes a memory. Whether stored in our biological memories, or stored as a photograph on a computer, our memory is changed by a complex interaction of our physical biology, as well as our emotional reaction and our personal narrative. In addition, the method of storage enacts its own changes, whether pixelated and compressed, or made hazy and indistinct by time.

My art at its core reflects my own life. My fascination with nature and light began among the dappled sunlight of the ancient forests of Yorkshire and the clear blue, wide-open wilderness of the Moors where I was born and grew up, and this forged my visual and artistic identity. I now live and work in hot, sunny Texas with its intense, bright light that coaxes brilliant colors and highly contrasted shadow from the creeks and trees it envelops.

Any artist’s work reflects their own environment, and mine exists exactly where I do: within nature, and inevitably within the digital media that surrounds us, and both these worlds are made of light, the unifying motif of my artworks.

 — Alison Jardine, 2012

You can reach me by… 

I often work to commission, through interior designers or directly with clients. I am always happy to discuss your specific art requirements.  
Warmest regards
Alison Jardine


All works are copyright © Alison Jardine, 2012

To use or display images of my work for any commercial purposes, please contact me to receive written authorization in advance.

Thank you!
Alison Jardine

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  • Helena Wall September 1, 2012, 1:39 pm

    Hello and thank you for the follow on Twitter,
    we really like your work and are currently in process of selecting artists to exhibit in Everyman Art Gallery for next year.
    The gallery is for hire (enquire for details if interested) and we organise several shows a year to exhibit our selected artists (mostly collectables and Royal Academy artists, but others have made it through our selection too!)

    Keep in touch and all the best with your work

    Kind Regards
    Helena Wall
    Everyman Art Gallery