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Fantastical Compositions: The Art Portfolio of Jane Zednik

A painting of a personified imagining of springSpring Surge, oil paint on heavy archival paper

Jane Zednik uses her artistic practice to explore different techniques, forms, and applications of oil paint, building fantastical compositions that use a variety of textures and colour palettes. Many of the artist’s works feature animals, sometimes in everyday settings and sometimes in more dreamlike, mythological applications.

A painting of a surreal scene with dogs and palm treesWinter Chat Room, oil paint on heavy archival paper


I really enjoy the way Jane explores the possibilities of composition in her artworks. The artist tends toward large, flat planes of colour and pattern, building indoor and outdoor scenes in layers that suggest a collage aesthetic. Objects in these paintings seem to sit directly on top of one another, deliberately devoid of volume or depth, making the overall aesthetic of these works feel pleasantly uncanny. 

A screen capture of Jane Zednik's art portfolio


The artist lives in Port Hope, Ontario with fellow painter Harry Stooshinoff, and several cats -- it seems fitting that many of Jane’s paintings feature cats as central figures. I like the balance in these works between realistic detail and a stylized approach, with the artist emphasizing both observational skill and an exuberance for the pure act of painting.

A painting of a lounging catKing Kong, oil on paper

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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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