Janette Cervin


Janette Cervin

What inspires your art practice?
My art practice is inspired by my personal life and experiences. Colour excites me, as does Aotearoa’s flora and fauna. I am equally at home in an ordered garden as I am sitting on a wild West Coast cliff in the deep South. Both environments provide colour palettes that excite me. I am drawn to NZ native bush and choose to live and paint amongst it. My paintings do not seek to replicate the real world, more to ‘exaggerate.’ The conversation is never dull. I endeavour to invite the viewer to share the joy, pay attention to nature’s artful patterns, richness of colour and complexities. The core of my practice is the desire to share what inspires me.

What materials do you work in?
ACM, Timber, Resin, Mixed media

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
We live on an emerald Island so distant from the rest of the world. Whilst researching for this project my thoughts centred on the attractiveness of our own backyard of our home in Aotearoa. Over the last year my husband Jake and I have voyaged around New Zealand from Cape Reinga to the Sub Antarctic Islands. This series of works is intended to celebrate this attraction and the joy we experience when we live on an island, surrounded by sea. The work interrupts the viewer, it stops you in your tracks and demands the viewers’ attention. I have employed a large scale format, the work is unapologetic in its palette and is intended to delight and celebrate.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
ArtForm Gallery Matakana; Gallery 33 Wanaka

Where did you study?
UNITEC Auckland (Masters)

Sculptures by Janette Cervin

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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