Light in the Dark

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For Jenny AK, it was the simple things that made up her environment like a particular pose, a striking use of colour or her contact with new cultures and environments during her travels. This was what made her carry a sketch book around with her from a young age and eventually pursue art classes at Racklöfska college in Järpen, Sweden over a period of 3 years. Over the past decade Jenny continued to experiment with acrylics on canvas and upon receiving a lot of encouragement by friends and family (among them her mother who is also an artist) she decided to pursue her passion on a full time basis. This led to the birth of ‘Light In Dark’, a 10 piece collection inspired by Caravaggio’s chiaroscuro technique which she developed over 14 months between Malta, Italy and Sweden.

Jenny tells me that she always admired art that gave a sense of depth and it was over two years ago that she was doing research on painting techniques and the human form when she came across images that used high contrast light faces on dark backgrounds. She immediately took it upon herself as a challenge to create this effect using a particular set of colors that communicate human emotions. Upon seeing the ‘Light In Dark’ collection, one would immediately see the sense of volume and depth achieved through the use of contrasting light and dark hues, as well as the warm and cold strong vibrant colours which she developed a passion for, which together reflect the emotions of hope and despair.  Once she started experimenting with different hues and poses, it was clear to her that she really loved the technique and style she created and developed upon. The choice of black backgrounds contrasted with limited bold colors was made to communicate different moods and express various emotions within the human form chosen for each artwork.

There is no stopping for Jenny as she will be developing the LIGHT IN DARK style further by exploring new facets of the human form and experimenting with different colour combinations. She would also be working hard on learning new techniques that can help take her work to new directions and that may lead to exciting new projects.
The ‘Light In Dark’ collection is being exhibited at Cleland & Souchet at 14, Portomaso, St Julians, from 8th November to 31st December 2013, daily from 10am- 7pm. Entrance is free.

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Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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