An Interview with Brian Wayne Jansen.
Who and where from are you?
My name is Brian Wayne Jansen, I am 36. I grew up on a farm in the state of Nebraska. I am currently residing in Olympia, WA, but I am thinking of moving to Los Angeles, CA soon.
How you got into this?
I took an art history course in high school, I was very inspired by pop art Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstien, Keith Harring as well as Picasso, Van Gogh,Frida Kahlo and Georgia O Keefe: they gave me the sense that anyone could make art, the history of art was more inspiring than the actual art classes I received in school, so I bought a set of brushes and canvas, went to my home and began doing my own thing.
What is your driving force?
I am a very creative person, in that if I am not involved in something artistically my whole life suffers. I work in other collaborative arts as well, theater, film, ect. With painting I don’t need a group of people to pick up a brush and go down the worm hole, and I need to go down the worm hole to report back on what I see and experience with in human behavior.
What kind of work do you do and why?
I love people, I love to look at them and lately I’ve been working on two different styles, I do these abstract expressionist paintings of flowers: the flowers are people to me, bright, beautiful, stretched to the heavens, yet tethered to the earth, given to shine therein. The other style are these chiaroscuro-veined portraits, with those I am trying to capture both the light and darkness to report an essence of the human entities trapped in between, both literally and spiritually speaking.
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