Toronto Graphic Designer & Artist

Jenny Henderson Studio © 2019 All Rights Reserved

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CHROMOHOMES

Color is the subject of my paintings. It is through the colorful exteriors of old houses from Halifax and the South Shore that I offer this subject for contemplation.

 

In reality, most animals are color-blind aside from a small selection of hues for a utilitarian means for survival. Man’s highly developed color sense is a biological luxury but unnecessary to his survival. [1]

 

It’s with this fact in mind that I aim to draw your attention to color through the geometric shapes that build old houses. Photographing these houses at skewed angles and extreme perspectives is the starting point to all of my paintings.

 

Composition is created through the reduction of architectural detail into simple geometric forms. In many compositions I have filled these clean geometric forms with lavishly saturated color.

 

A contrast is created both through extreme angles and line as well as through the vast spectrum of colors presented. Oftentimes, this contrast causes a push and pull effect to the eye.  

I finished the series using ideas of halation, a blurring effect on an object’s edges that creates colors unseen to the naked eye. I merged and blended them where edges met, encouraging the viewer to look at the role color plays, as if extending its stay in your gaze; frozen on the canvas.

1 Huxley, Aldous. The Doors of Perception. New York: Harper Collins: 2004, p. 27.

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