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Non-Narrative Images by Jan Swinburne

An abstract photo created from unfocused lights and colourUntitled, photograph

Jan Swinburne is our featured artist for today. Jan works in painting and abstract photography, creating non-narrative images that encourage meditation and contemplation.


I really love Jan’s work with abstract photography, in particular the artist’s light paintings. In these, Jan captures whirling, prismatic colours and lights in a format that is still yet seems to never stop moving. In some cases, the subject matter of the photograph can be vaguely gleaned, as blurred and shadowed as it might be. In others, the subject of the photograph is simply the twisting patterns of light and colour that Jan acquires either through the process of taking the photograph, or the development stages.


A screen capture of Jan Swinburne's art websiteThe Neuro-Complex photography gallery on Jan's website

A painting consisting of monochromatic orange layered over a textured baseFlare

Jan’s paintings tend to focus entirely on texture. In the artist’s Lux Ausculto series, each painting is a monochrome of neutral beige, grey or light yellow, allowing small anomalies in the surface of the canvas or the paint to come to the forefront. 

A blurred photograph "light painting"Untitled

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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