About this Artwork
This work is from a series of formal trifold compositions of quiet horizontal abstraction, derived from sthe Venetian tradition of “colore” (color as the basis of art) producing a Depiction of Atmosphere (the Unseen Air) as both subject and object. Here the subtle blue/grey tones produce a palpable density and optical resonance capturing the saturation of diffused light.
The images Yntema creates are the result of accumulated, semi-translucent layers of color.
The beeswax gives a dimensional quality to whatever surface she paints on. Despite the buildup of layers, the qualities of the wax also imbue an ephemeral lightness to the pictures, as light is allowed to pass through the top layer to illuminate the layers beneath. The process of creating these pictures is slow and deliberate, and that sense of the building up of time is important to the work.
Yntema is inspired by the way light interacts with the natural landscape. She uses color and space as a way of examining light.
About the Artist
Janise Yntema is an American abstract painter currently living and working in Brussels, Belgium.
She works with the ancient technique of encaustic wax, a combination of beeswax, resin and pigments in which heat serves as the active solvent.