We had the honour to chat with graphic design artist Lindsey Jane from Lindsey Jane Art about the importance of art, especially in a time of uncertainty.
There are many suggestions on how to use this time to explore one’s creative side. Unless you have a natural, perhaps undiscovered talent, creativity can be frustrating and dissatisfying when it comes to fine art. Perhaps rather than picking up the canvas and brushes, we can learn how to appreciate a great piece of artwork.
What would you tell people to look for when finding a piece of original art from established artists?
I would tell people first of all to look for what they LOVE! I think it’s so important to look for a piece of art that resonates with you. It might be the colour, the style, the story that attracts you but whatever it is I think it’s important to collect art you love to have on your wall.
How would you say that Australian art is similar but also unique from other artists around the world?
I’ve seen a diversity of creativity in Australia (I’m English!). I love aboriginal art and think it is absolutely unique in its storytelling and style. It speaks in symbols, in a dreamlike way. It is important to recognise the original landowners of Australia and their creativity that has journaled their lives for hundreds of years.
The other thing that strikes me about Australian art is the use of ocean inspiration, with much of Australian land being coastal. The surf culture is really apparent in visual arts here in Queensland.
Tretchikoff prints in the 1960s were extremely popular. Specifically, the orchid on staircase and ballet dancer as a swan was a must-have in all households. He was known as the kitsch artist and sold more paintings than Picasso. What type of art can we expect when we go to markets in Australia?
In Australia, we can very much expect aboriginal art, but aside from that a lot of graffiti in the city laneways. Australia has a real laid back culture that celebrates creativity openly and a very diverse range of artists have emerged across the nation.
What type of art can we expect to find in galleries?
We have some amazing galleries in Australia. I love to visit the National Gallery of Victoria where I can find all the European classics, some Renoir, Picasso, Monet, but also some contemporary artists from Australia and beyond. A recent exhibition I visited was the Escher one, it was surreal.
Every household should have at least one piece of original art bought on a trip or at an exhibition. Conventional wisdom says that every room must have something red. Should we all have at least one colour painting in our homes that’s different and unique?
I think we should each have a piece of art in our homes that is meaningful to us. Be it a colour we love, a portrait of our family pet, a piece of typography or a splash of abstract colour. We should have something in our homes that makes us feel something, and lets visitors to our home know what is important to us.
Artists are known for their sensory abilities and rather than looking at the object, they integrate colour taste smell sounds movement in canvas. How can we use some of those skills to choose a good painting for our homes?
I think we should go with our gut feelings about what we love. Be guided by what draws us closer - a painting for me, can trigger a memory or evoke a feeling. I think a piece of art chooses you!
Artists have a need to isolate themselves from society when they paint. What effect has this forced isolation had on you?
I moved to Australia in 2011 from Manchester UK and left all of my family and friends. I’ve felt isolated in a sense since then and tuned my focus into art to combat those feelings of loneliness. I think that achieving things and building a skill can give you purpose and that increases feelings of self-worth. Sharing your art gives you a sense of community and together we are not lonely.
Self-isolation and social distancing might prevent you from recharging your creative mind. How did you adapt?
My creative mind has never been sharper, I consider this a time to refuel. This time without the pressure of getting to work, meeting with clients, fitting in a full-time job and a family into a working day frees up time for the mind to be still. Blank mind space is perfect for creativity. We all need some white space in our lives.
When you have a creative block, how do you deal with that?
When I get creative block (and believe me, as a graphic designer by day and artist by night, I do exhaust it!), I do something to free my mind. Something practical like walking outdoors, cleaning my house, watching tv: anything practical and not creative! The best ideas can come to me while I’m scrubbing my floors.
Like our emotions, colours on a canvas can turn murky with a “dirty” appearance. Perhaps we can apply the advice on how to keep colours fresh in our daily lives.
Do you ever need to gain a different perspective on a piece of artwork? If so, how do you achieve that?
I always step away from my work. I take breaks, sometimes days at a time to cool off.
Taking a break can give us a fresh perspective on what we are trying to achieve and we can see things differently one day to the next. Just like exam advice- if you get stuck, move on to the next thing!
When we journal we look back and evaluate how far we have come. When a challenge persists longer than 3-6 months we get professional help. Do artists have a support system to get clarity for their paintings or artistic projects?
I think as an artist we work both solitary and as a community. We need the balance of both. When I get stuck I will often turn to my creative community for advice, opinions. It doesn’t mean I always follow it but I hear it. It’s great for clarity.
How, in your opinion, can an artistic view on life change the end product or how we feel?
I think art is subjective, each person who views one piece will take different values from it. I think my mission as an artist is to make somebody feel something. It is personal to that person what they feel. If they love it or hate it that is ok.
Some of our subscribers would like to meet the artist. Before travelling explore local artists and pay a visit to their workplace. While we are in isolation, how are some of the ways that we can engage with the artist and purchase your work?
I think there are so many ways we can support our art community. We can buy their art, recommend it, show others. We can support an artist by simply visiting their Instagram page, or website and sharing a comment or sharing a post with our own networks.
We love to hear what people think of our work because our message is getting out there. We always appreciate every single “like”.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and insights with us!!
To learn more about Lindsay and her work, please follow her on Instagram: Https://instagram.com/lindseyjane.art