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Jane Braddock received her bachelor of fine arts from Syracuse University. Braddock is a very popular and prolific Nashville artist who has been painting and exhibiting since the early 1980’s. Her work shows her interest in the relationship between color, light and pattern using paint and materials to enable the viewer to experience “the reality behind the veil—the painting behind the picture.” She is a painter, astrologer, cook and traveler. She also was a textile designer and colorist for the distinguished house of Brunschwig et Fils.
MEDIUMS:Paintings with Acrylic & Mixed Media
PRICE RANGE OF EXHIBIT ART: $400 to $8,000
The Lila Series – My grid work began as small experimental studies and evolved into a body of work that has occupied me, on and off, for the last 14 years. The word “lila” is Sanskrit from the Hindu tradition. It describes the divine process of rhythmic dynamic play – the creative force behind the everchanging illusion of this world of matter.
The formal issues that interest me are color, light and pattern. In many ways, my large paintings are informed by these small works. But in these, I am more experimental. I’m out for a good time. I want to spontaneously capture the joyous possibilities of life. One manifestation of this is the expanded use of materials. The older work was paint and/or oil pastel. The new work includes those plus encaustic, broken glass, printmaking, collage, text pieces, sewn paper, Popsicle sticks, whatever. I am interested in the relationship one to another. These pieces have an almost tribal beat, somewhat raucous and their song is of the wild.
Shakti Series – Returning from a trip to Tibet, Nepal, and southern India in 1996, I was seized with a passion to paint new images. To some extent my paintings have always been about the reality behind the veil – the paintings behind the picture. Now, instead of painting the “idea” of light and energy, I want to capture the “experience” of light and energy.
Concurrent with working on the first painting in this series, Sto/Go, I was reading Karma Cola by Gita Mehta, and was electrified by the word “shakti”. I felt certain that this described my new work. I knew shakti to be Sanskrit for divine force or energy, but that was about al. Later, as I began to research this, the plot thickened deliciously. Shaktism is a renegade offshoot of Hinduism, and shakti epitomizes the fertile, feminine force, the Divine Mother, and the archetypal goddess.
So, the shakti paintings began as a physical or sensate expression of a metaphysical set of beliefs, original creation as formless light The new works evolved into the emotional energy driving this astonishing and always mysterious process.
My love of astrology, almost three decades old, grew out of a fascination with various belief systems and religions which expanded into metaphysics. It has been through this internal journey that I have experienced the spiritual core that unites us all. My paintings are a record of this exploration.
10 One Person Shows, including:
Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN
Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville, TN
23 Selected Group Shows, including:
Chelsea Global Showcase 2004 competition, Amsterdam Wahitney Gallery, NYC
Women Beyond Borders, The Frist in Nashville,
Seattle Art Fair, Seattle, WA
Miriam Perlman Galley , Noarth Pier Tower, Chicago, IL.
J.B Speed Museum in Kentucky
More than 90 public collections, including:
Am South Bank
Bass, Berrry, Sims
Honorable Mention, International Dishman Competition, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas
Honorable Mention, Fest de Ville, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville, Tenn.
Honorable Mention - Artist’s Favorite, Landscapes of the World – Mad Platter, Nashville, Tenn.
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