Jane Ioana Rusin, Thornhill, Canada Member Since September 2006 Artist Statement I am a Canadian artist living in Toronto.
I started painting at an early age, following in the footsteps of my father. We were both naturally artistic, while our professional lives developed quite in the opposite direction, far away from art and imaginative expression.
I studied Architecture, Visual Arts, Fashion Design and Engineering and the combination of the four made me what I am today.
At one point in my life, in the context of the communist dictatorial regime, my artistic vision could not materialize freely, so I had to give it up for a few years.
After moving to Canada, I relied on my formal art training I had back in Romania as a base for future development as an artist and started slowly to get back to working the colors on the canvas.
Soon enough I regained the confidence and desire to fully engage my creativity into the visual expression of volumes and color and take it as high as I could.
I am still experimenting, always learning, trying to defy rules, searching ways to positively shock the eye and the mind and looking forward to the discovery of the unknown.
My technique is based on using various thickness of paint and adding multiple layers in order to obtain tri-dimensional effects and create natural shadows. My artwork slowly navigates from a 2 dimensional surface to a 3D visualization of the moment to be captured, embedded in geomorphic, organic textures and shapes. The colors vary from subdued tones of earthy gold to bright reds and mixing mediums will help solidify the artistic mess into an architecturally sound structure with a perfect balance of form and vision, my vision.
Visual Arts Ontario - current
Scarborough Art Council - current
Canadian Decorative Art - current
Toronto Fashion Incubator – 1999 to 2003
Design Council of Canada – 2001 to 2003
Honours & Awards:
1st Prize – “Young minds” juried exhibition - Bucharest 1980
Honorary mention “Shadows of light” Visual Art Contest - Bucharest 1982
Best in show “Abstract landscapes” - Bucharest 1990
2nd Prize for Mixed media category Fall Art Show - Bucharest 1992
1st prize juried art show York Shona Gallery - Toronto 1999 and 2000
3rd Prize RBC Art Show - Toronto 2001
Corporate and private collections worldwide: USA, Australia, UK, France, Spain, Japan, Turkey, Canada, Iceland, Netherlands, and Romania
Canadian Exhibits/ Galleries:
Scarborough Arts Council, Group exhibitions 2004 – 2005
Canadian Decorative Art, 2004 - 2006
Art in the Park Show, 2005
Heinzman House Art Show, 2002
Signature Art Show, 2002
Vena Gallery 2003
York Shona Gallery 1999, 2000