- Still Lifes
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An Early Start Predominantly a self taught artist, Jeanne Illenye
Only a brief four years after her
birth in 1957, Jeanne
picked up a paintbrush and dabbled quite intuitively in her
mother's oil paints exhibiting an affinity for color mixing, and completed her
Jeanne's early fascination with the natural world was blossoming as well as a desire to interpret that beauty artistically.
However, instructors always discouraged her
attempts at realism by stating that it was strictly a camera's function.
Nevertheless, Jeanne's enthusiasm to portray the nuances of our natural world in a respectfully realistic manner continued to grow along with an acknowledgement of nature's delicate transience.
Inspired by the Dutch Masters It wasn't until her
introduction to the 17th century Dutch floral masterpieces at an exhibit in New York that Jeanne
gained confidence to commit more fully to following her
Thus, a monumental attempt was begun to study every aspect of the dense, voluptuous florals by Cornelius and Gerard van Spaendonck, Jan van Dael, Jan van Os and the loosely casual arrangements of Jan van Huysum, in compositions of her
own construction but that paid homage to those works she
Conversely, an appetite for simplicity revealed the paintings of American masters Robert Spear Dunning, Raphaelle Peale and William McCloskey, all of whom Jeanne
emulated in her more rustic fruit arrangements.
Selling "Little Gems" Online As a reprieve from the intensity of creating larger paintings which took months to complete, Jeanne
began a series of small paintings 4 to 10 inches known as her
In an effort to clear out accumulated inventory after Jeanne and her husband relocated from New Jersey to Michigan, she began selling online and was met with such success that she joined a group of daily painters, producing nearly a painting per day.
This afforded Jeanne
an opportunity to refine her
technical skills and experiment in new presentations by cropping her
classical still lifes and repainting them as a whole thus creating an exciting new tension.
Evolution Transitioning further, Jeanne
has begun to periodically lighten her
palette and occasionally alter the perspective on her
subjects, yet always relying on her
classical roots such as employing the Hogarth Curve in varying forms within her
compositions, sensitivity to light and shadow, a base of earth tones applied in thin glazes, to ultimately produce larger, fresher paintings.
It is in these newest works where simplification of format and intensification of focus continue to reveal lighter, more emphatic paintings that simultaneously retain a delicacy of touch and sensitivity of spirit for which Jeanne
Perennial inspiration from her
bountiful gardens, a reverence for nature and an acute awareness of the effects of time upon her
subjects are what identify Jeanne Illenye's
work as both endearing and enduring as she
captures nature's transient beauty.
Merging classical realism with contemporary realism, along with her
passion for preserving Nature are what define Jeanne Illenye's
voluptuous still life paintings.
A freshness and clarity is emerging in a new style with a lighter palette featuring country treasures from her
antique collections and gardens.
Predominantly a self taught artist, Jeanne received her initial training at an early age through private instruction, later attending Ridgewood School of Art and Pratt Institute.
Initially inspired by the Dutch Masters, Jeanne's large classical still life paintings utilize a warm, earthy palette and elaborate, fluid compositions punctuated by strong contrasts.
She incorporates signs of age into her work as a reminder of nature's delicacy and transience.
A perennial favorite that evolved into a platform for larger contemporary work is her
"Little Gems" series, affording an opportunity for Jeanne
to introduce new subjects presented in a typically American approach, pushing them right out front to the viewer in bold, simple compositions.
It is with these paintings that Jeanne
has joined the trend of contemporary realist masters whereby she
utilizes the background space as support rather than incorporating into the whole elaborate, classical composition.
This exercise in both simplification of format and intensification of focus continue to reveal lighter, more emphatic paintings that simultaneously retain a delicacy of touch and sensitivity of spirit for which Jeanne
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"An untidy garden is an artist's dream . . . ." Jeanne Illenye
Watch as my garden sings and my brush joins the chorus!-- Jeanne Illenye
Right now I'd say the richness of the process actually exceeds the results...but I'm working on that...." Jeanne Illenye
About Time . . .
Predominantly a self taught artist, Jeanne Illenye's
early studies of the Dutch masters provided a solid foundation for her
large, classical still lifes.
However, in more recent years Jeanne
has joined the trend of contemporary realist masters whereby utilizing simpler, more punctuated compositions.
The most singular hallmark of Jeanne's work aside from an obvious aesthetic beauty, is her
depiction of age.
Whether torn stems of peonies cascading from a cracked porcelain bowl, a broken Robin's egg fallen from it's nest, a threadbare baseball perched upon a rustic woodblock, collections of antique silver and lace, or dew kissed roses in a jelly jar, one quality prevails . . . her
reverence for nature and an acute awareness of the effects of time upon her
subjects thus making Jeanne's
work both endearing and enduring.
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