Born in Tynemouth in 1949 Jean has drawn and painted ever since she can remember and is particularly interested in paintings that express an idea or feeling such as watchfulness, thoughtfulness or hope.
Working in mixed media on paper she juxtaposes hard linear strokes with fluid lines to breath life and atmosphere into her work.
Jean is co-owner of Artifax the picture framers in Newbury.
Amongst other things Artifax undertakes fine art printing.
For a number of years Jean has been printing and self publishing a diverse range of artwork for sale through the Artifax gallery as greeting cards and prints.
Artifax the Picture Framers
35 Bartholomew Street
Exhibition at ACE Space from June to August 2017
Newbury Weekly News arts review
The current exhibition in the bar at Newbury’s Ace Space features a collection of ten very pleasing mixed-media monoprints by Jean Ince, the scale and atmosphere of the work complementing the showing space.
Cohesive and intelligently hung, the works have a unified aesthetic approach, scale, format and framing, making for a resolved, thoughtful body of work with a quiet presence. Ince works in mixed media on paper, combining collage with photography, with the compositions often more complex than they appear at first glance. Elements are photographed, cut out, compositionally assembled, often with painted or drawn elements added, and then re-photographed, so that the final work is a print.
Motifs and figures are isolated against flat, geometric or textured backgrounds, with the finished prints often paradoxically appearing to have material surfaces. The combination of linear and gestural elements give a feeling of reflection to the pieces. They are at once mobile yet settled.
‘Zig-Zag’ is a formal still life of bowls and bottles against a textured, painted background, with a diagonal compositional element. ‘Sage I and II’ are hung as a diptych, each minimal composition showing a vase of leaves placed against a non-contextual, scumbled ground. Though monochrome, the leaves dazzle with light. ‘The History Buff’ and ‘The Literature Lover’ each have a centrally positioned single tower of books on a flat grey background, the reader suggested by an ecclesiastical orb and a pair of glasses topping the respective pilesFive female figure studies, with reversed-out contrasts, have the sense of quick sketches from life. The figures are at once present yet somehow absent, palpably self-contained and private. None faces us directly; they inhabit the compositions almost unwillingly. Some are set within geometric spaces and forms – squares and rectangles – the curves and movement of the body contrasted with the linearity and static nature of the background elements, which play with varying tonal modulations.
In ‘Wishing’, the figure is spontaneously drawn, the outline simple and the hair a tangled skein. The print suggests the photograms of Man Ray, with its bright tones and just visible outlines of light. The back-lit ‘Watching’ exploits the contrasts of deep black and white. In ‘Jazz’, the dancer sits against an agitated background, suggesting musical improvisation; in ‘Dancing Light’, fluid painted elements help frame the figure.
The show runs until August 31.