This spring, The Palace Gallery is delighted to announce a showing of a collection of previously unfinished paintings by Jane Orleman. This provocative work, which was conceptualized decades ago and realized within the last few years, blends psychedelic color palette and figurative imagery from her unconscious. In these works narratives and formal aesthetics have been masterfully blended into a melange sure to tickle the senses and instill a sense of wonder and delight!
"This year I compiled my drawings from the 1970s into a limited edition book, Looking in Again. These drawings laid the ground for my life as an artist. Through them I discovered archetypical images from my unconscious inner life. They revealed an exuberant masculine/feminine dance of, love, fear and humor, filling my dreams and paintings for five decades. All of my work has been personal in nature.
Six of the paintings in this exhibit embody a train of thought fifty years long. They are based directly on drawings from the 1970s. It is a series I began in 2015 and set aside unfinished until this year. The intense paint colors are inspired by the magic markers of the original drawings. While Striding into a Dream is an almost direct representation of the entire drawing, the other paintings focus on a central figure I choose to illuminate. It has been stimulating to revisit the imagery from my early years.
In this century, my focus has been on mural sized paintings. It allows putting my characters into a landscape to create a narrative. A Time of Prayers & Promises was begun on March 24, 2020 with the praying figure on the right. By December second all of the images were in place and I began the long process of applying the many layers of paint. Karl Schwiesow was working on projects at Dick & Jane’s Spot at the time and I had the brilliant idea of asking him to paint with me. It was energizing and banished all thought of COVID.
My thanks to Karl & Crista for the opportunity to exhibit this body of work and to Harry Thompson for his assistance in creating the book of drawings."