Jhenna Quinn Lewis – 2019 Solo Exhibition
December 3, 2019 - Kelly Carper
“My pieces are about exploring a meditative state of mind,” says Oregon artist Jhenna Quinn Lewis, whose latest bird paintings continue the artist’s romantic and minimalist painting style, while harnessing an even deeper quality of peace and tranquility. Lewis’ personal explorations into mediation and its effect on her daily state of mind have largely directed the work, resulting in more elusive compositions and subtle color palettes. Jhenna Quinn Lewis debuts this body of work for her 2019 Solo Exhibition at Meyer Gallery, opening on December 13th with an Artist Reception from 5-7pm.
“Elegant restraint” is a term that has been associated with Lewis’ painting style, which is strongly influenced by Japanese art. “I am drawn to simplicity of color, style, and composition,” says Lewis. “My inspiration comes from Japanese masters such as Utagawa Hiroshige, Uta Maro, and Hasegawa Tōhaku. In college, I took courses on the Japanese Tea Ceremony and the art of flower arrangement. It is there I discovered the tenets of wabi-sabi, the adherence to beauty in the imperfect, the impermanent, and in austerity. I remove all that is unnecessary in my compositions and exercise restraint and simplicity. I invite the viewer to slow down. Be patient and look. Pay attention to all the necessary details. I believe this is why my works impart a meditative feeling.”
In this exhibition, flat patterning and decorated backdrops in pieces like “The Point of Observation,” “Abide,” and “Finch and Hiroshige” reflect this Japanese influence. With “Finch and Hiroshige,” Lewis pays homage to the Japanese master artist Hiroshige, who was known for horizontal landscapes. In Lewis’ piece, an inquisitive finch perches in front of a cherry blossom branch, stretching across a horizontal picture plane reminiscent of Hiroshige’s style.
In other pieces, Lewis incorporates symbols such as locks and keys, pearls, books and jewelry boxes that represent themes of exploration, transformation and inner truth. Consistent throughout the exhibition is an inherent quietness as the artist seeks to capture feelings and emotions associated with meditation and an overall peaceful state of mind. View her exhibition paintings on her Artist Page and join us on December 13th from 5-7pm for an opening reception.
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