When Jane Sinclair left her native country of Australia four years ago and moved to New York City with her husband, she left behind her career as a graphic designer. When you’re in your forties, it requires a great deal of strength and determination to start fresh on a new path and Sinclair is packed with both.
“I’ve always wanted to get back to painting,” she says while remembering her painting practice in her college years. Sinclair has now decided to take it upon on her own to open her first exhibition in the heart of the LES’ rich art neighborhood on the Bowery. “It’s such a treat seeing the works with so much space around it.”, exclaims Sinclair while glancing at her paintings.
Sinclair took a windowless studio in Tribeca two years ago and started creating paintings that represented her memories of buildings she’s had a connection with, such as a painting entitled “Carlton” representing the Carlton Hotel. Only the titles anchor the works in reality as each painting now exists in a world of geometric abstraction.
Architecture has been a source of inspiration for great abstract painters such as Ellsworth Kelly, who in his early day used photography to record architectural elements whose form inspired him to reproduce on a canvas with solid colors. Geometrical abstraction has a long history in painting and when asked about her favorite artists from the genre, Sinclair answered: “Carmen Herrera, because she was so precise and exact.” Sinclair uses acrylic on canvas and wood, and her colors mirror the palette of Herrera and other minimalist painters such as Aurelie Nemours and Joseph Albers. The geometrical forms that she draws from her memory; outlined triangles boxed inside polygons, stay in line with classic geometrical abstraction.
Memories of Things I’ve Seen is on view at 208 Bowery until July 1st, 2018.