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Janine Partington: Enamels, Leather, Paintings

30 July to 17 September 2022

Janine Partington: Enamels, Leather, Paintings

We are delighted to welcome back Janine Partington for her major retrospective exhibition. In 2021, as Janine approached her 50th birthday, she decided to explore painting as a medium. Alongside her much-loved enamels and critically celebrated leather panels, this exhibition is the first time Janine will be showing some of her paintings.

Janine has been making things her whole life. Growing up Janine's artist father occupied the ground floor of their home with his painting studio, but her 'teenage rebellion' meant she never considered art as a career. However, after the birth of her second child in 2002, and then in her thirties, Janine began adult education evening classes in Bristol studying enamelling and selling her work. Janine became a full-time creative in 2006.

In 2015 Janine began an MA in Design at UWE, Bristol. Her degree show consisted of a series of carved and painted leather panels. Janine now creates leather panels alongside her enamelling practice. The work that she creates in leather is more personal. This has included responses to her father's Alzheimer's and death that was exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery as part of the Crafts Council's 'Collect Open' programme in 2019, and more recently a response to her mother's life, ill health and death.

Janine does also create one off smaller pieces in leather that often reflect her own personal emotional temperature through explorations of the natural world.

In 2021, as Janine approached her 50th birthday, she decided to explore painting as a medium. Janine had been reluctant to pick up a paintbrush as she saw her father as being what a painter could and should be, but there had always been a desire to layer and play with colours and forms and paint allows Janine to do this.

Whilst Janine is showing three seemingly distinct media, all take inspiration from nature, even in her more abstracted works. They also share a desire to create clean and defined lines, marks and shapes. Even in the more freestyle works in leather and paint there is an order and pattern to the work that hopefully brings balance.

Janine Partington

Painted landscape, framed

Acrylic paint on plywood

Ref: 118744

£150.00

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Janine Partington

Early on, when exhibiting my work in fairs the most common words used to describe my work by customers were 'fresh', 'clean' and 'contemporary' and that is what I try to bring to all the work I create, though ultimately that is for the onlooker to decide for themselves.

Janine Partington has been making things her whole life. Growing up Janine's artist father occupied the entire ground floor of their home with his painting studio, but her 'teenage rebellion' meant she never considered art as a career. Eventually, she could not outrun the inevitable. After the birth of her second child in 2002, and in her thirties, Janine began adult education evening classes in Bristol studying enamelling. She slowly started selling some of her work through arts trails and local exhibitions. Janine became a full-time creative in 2006. 2015, Janine needed a challenge and began an MA in Design at UWE, Bristol. Her degree show consisted of a series of carved and painted leather panels. Janine now creates leather panels alongside her enamelling practice. In general the work that she creates in leather tends to be more personal. This has included responses to her father's Alzheimer's and death that was exhibited as part of the Crafts Council's 'Collect' programme in 2019, and more recently a response to her mother's life, ill health and death.

In 2021, as Janine approached her 50th birthday, she decided to explore painting as a medium. Janine had been reluctant to pick up a paintbrush as she saw her father as being what a painter could and should be. However, there had always been a desire to layer and play with colours and forms and paint allows her to do this. Alongside her enamels and leather panels, this exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery is the first time Janine is showing her paintings.

Whilst Janine is showing three seemingly distinct media, they do have many aspects in common. All three take inspiration from nature. They share a desire to create clean and defined lines, marks and shapes. Even in the more freestyle works in leather and paint there is an order and pattern to the work that brings balance.

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