Luciana Ja’Vonne‘s paintings are wild pictures, they move at an incredible speed, broad brush strokes and bright vibrant colours dominate the canvas, each picture a cacophony of rich hues and textures, as if each image begins in a quiet, designed place before being upended and shook out of control.
This ability to trust her instinct, to be willing to disrupt, energize and disturb the stillness of her compositions is what gives Ja’Vonne’s paintings their force, their strength. A playful nature that looks to connect, traverse into a landscape of her magical memory, a place of comfort away from the banality of everyday. Her wonderful aesthetic drawing parallels with the Dutch painter, Christiaan Karel Appel – who co-founded the European avant garde movement Cobra in 1948 – and the expressionist paintings of Jean Michel Basquiat while Henri Matisse lingers in the vibrant colours of her palette.
These are exciting pictures, they enthrall, exude a confidence and a beauty that reminds one that the expressive quality of paint can bring a warmth to the soul that no other artform can. There is very little information about Ja’Vonne online however I did find this quote from her:
I love the texture and movement of paint. My artwork captures a transitory moment and energy. These moments and energies, I believe, make a connection with the different experiences that make up who we are as a collective, and who we are as individuals.
Abandoned is the raw and unabated.
It is the memory of memories.
Subliminally intuitive. For you, for me, for we.