Jennifer Maidment

Artist Statement

I am a fan of science fiction and fantasy. I have also spent a large proportion of my career considering the connection between environmental problems and contemporary landscape art. My paintings are the combination of these two things. They show dense rainforests interrupted by fairy liquid bubbles, jungle scenes with disproportionate aeroplanes decorating pink skies or massive tigers swimming to catch tiny, drowning fashion models. I aim to affect a balance between serious and light-hearted subject matter, whilst exploring the language of paint and colour along the way. To me, art is escape. I travel through painting and I hope viewers of my work do as well. There is an element of surrealism in the works too - comparable in volume to an intense crumb of colour dropped into water. Whilst small, it makes the difference between the painting being a landscape and the painting also being a small amount bizarre. 

Alongside these landscapes, I also paint portraits. Portraiture is something I have practised since I could hold a pencil. Perhaps for the same reasons I am fascinated by the way people live; I am also enamoured by what appears on the surface of that life: faces. (Oddly enough, I was never formally taught to paint. I taught myself traditional values of painting; specifically for portraiture; from books and YouTube!). When I paint or draw a portrait, I aim to capture the character of the sitter; as well as formal elements such as lighting, detail, colour, hue and so on. Though I work to commission and paint several people, I often have just one or two particular models who pose for me over a longer period of time; sometimes years. Being afforded the opportunity to capture a person over time; to reflect on differences in the sitter and perhaps those in myself as painter as well, is what I love the most about portraiture.                              







2014 Collaboration with Andrew Bracey, Hong Kong TBC

October 2013, The Brixton Drawing Project, Brixton, London

April 2013, Saatchi online curated feature curated by Rebecca Wilson

November 2012 The Griffin Art Prize (shortlist exhibition), The Griffin Gallery, London

March 2012 Dining Room Drawing Club, The Old Nuns Head, Nunhead, London

January 2012 Show Your Face, Cultivate Gallery, Vyner Street, London

September 2011 Nuit Blanche, Jelly Legged Chicken, Reading

July 2011 The Dining Room Drawing Club, Earth and Stars, Brighton

January 2011 The Dining Room Drawing Club, Coach and Horses, Soho, London

December 2010 The Gallery, Stoke Newington Library, London

November 2010 Ladyfest Ten, Ground Floor Left Gallery, Hackney, London

September 2010 MA Degree Show, Wimbledon College of Art UAL, London

March 2010 The Nunnery, Mile End, London

September 2009 Bar Sequence, Angel, London

March 2009 Deutsch Postbank, London

September 2006 Kemistry Gallery, Shoreditch Shuffle, London

July 2006 Whiteknights Studio trail, Reading

May 2006 BA Degree Show, University of Reading

June 2006 No Ball Games, Residential exhibition, Reading