Jennifer Chin & James De Foe
March 7 through April 25, 2015
Handforth Gallery @ the Main Library
Each painting evolves while I work and rework it. Materials chosen through series of playful experiments inspire design. A planned composition starts from the inside out; where each layer influences the next. Yet deep pours of acrylic shift and slide. Chance creates cracks and unexpected textures. Individual pigment particles swirl and settle in diluted paint. I see logic and beauty emerge from this chaos. In a harsh everyday existence I create my escape into a soothing and contemplative alternative.
There is always logic to be found in the chaos around us.
Jennifer Chin was born in Seattle, WA. While Jennifer's primary focus is painting and collage, she hand pulls relief and monotype prints, and enjoys the immediacy of Instagram. In 1995 Jennifer completed a BA in Art from the University of Washington. Her paintings and prints are included in private collections in Arizona, California, Idaho, Texas, and Washington. Jennifer currently lives and works in Tacoma.
James De Foe
"I have been involved in creative arts for as long as I can remember. I began taking studio classes in drawing and painting in Gainesville, Florida in 1985. I continued classes in drawing, oil, and watercolor painting in Fresno, California. My latest works have embraced the encaustic medium almost exculisively.
I am a practicing musician and continue to perform professionally in the United States and Europe.
I currently reside in the the Pacific Northwest with my wife, four dogs and a cat."
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface-usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax, but there are several other recipes that can be used-some containing other types of waxes, damar resin, linseed oil, or other ingredients. Pure, powdered pigments can be used, though some mixtures use oil paints or other forms of pigment.