HEADING SOUTH: A trio of life-sized trumpeter swans.
Commissioned for a residence in North Vancouver’s Edgemont Village
I was born here on the West Coast of B.C. and no matter where I’ve lived, I’ve have always felt that this is my home. I have been deeply inspired by the raw natural beauty that envelops us, and dictates how we live, work and play. Having raised a healthy active son, I was fortunate to spend so much time playing outdoors. Whether hiking, skiing, boating, fishing, biking or just exploring – every experience has been rich and colorful. I started painting casually about 10 years ago and found, more recently, that it allowed me to express my infatuation with nature’s colors and textures. I have found a way to encapsulate what I love and bring it indoors. -http://www.barbsansart.ca/
César Baldaccini (1921 – 1998), better known simply as César, was a noted French sculptor.
Perhaps his most famous work came in the form of “expansions” of his own hands – his thumb and fingerprints, particularly. Using modern construction methodology, César took a mold of his thumb and created several absurdly enlarged versions of it, which can now be seen in parks and museums around the world. Undoubtedly the most famous of these is this gargantuan expansion in La Défense. http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/le-pouce-giant-thumb-sculpture
JANE WITH SOME OF HER WORK AT ART! VANCOUVER LAST MAY
Jane Lillico talking about her work to visitors at her booth at Art! Vancouver.
Left: Jane holding up her mixed media and papier-mache marionette, Ichabod Crane, and
Right: wearing her mixed media and papier-mache rattlesnake hat named Halo.
Jane’s FRICK, FRACK & FREDDY FRIGATES flying high in the gallery.
FLIGHT SCHOOL hanging in Jane’s home studio for finishing touches.
JL: It would be picante – biting you back a little, before it melts in your mouth and most definitely makes you lick your lips.
Q: What is the one thing you need in your studio to work, other than your art supplies?
Flight School. Jane Lillico. Papier-mache, organza & mixed media.
Jane with her “babies” Loki and Taylor.
Why do I love Jane Lillico’s work?
Jane is one of the most creative people I know, and having an art gallery and being surrounded by art and creative people, that says a lot! Jane’s home studio is even a work of art. She surrounds herself with her own art and the art of others, walking into to her home is like stepping into her creative mind. Jane is a problem solver, she figures out what she needs to create a piece and then goes out and finds it. Her chosen medium is papier-mache and she incorporates found objects and recycled materials because not only do they have their own story, but because she is passionate about the environment and the importance of reusing and recycling. One man’s garbage becomes part of Jane’s art! Her work is whimsical and humorous but technically they are engineering marvels. The technicalities of creating a papier-mache bird with a 4 foot wingspan that is balanced by a length of fishing line is amazing!! Jane is known for her papier-mache works but she has other artistic talents including highly detailed pen and ink architectural drawings, hand-sewn tapestries and she also does creative writing, making Jane a bit of a Renaissance woman. I can safely say there is nothing that Jane Lillico can’t create in papier-mache! She thinks outside of the box with every project she takes on and as she wrote on her website, she “has taken the ancient art form of Papier-Mache to a higher level – both figuratively and literally. Her whimsical birds and other flying objects can be found soaring through otherwise unused ceiling space in stairwells, lobbies and even some people’s living rooms. With the increasing popularity of vaulted ceilings, and more windows than walls featured in today’s construction; Lillico has discovered a growing demand for suspended pieces. She’s excited to be leading a movement to utilize this untapped resource for art display, in hospitality, commercial and residential environments! While pelicans are Jane’s personal favorite, she has expanded her species to include Trumpeter Swans, Steller’s Jays, Magnificent Frigate birds, and Flying Fish. If you have a favorite bird, Jane can make it fly!” So next time you are in the gallery, make sure to look up!!
My favorite piece in the gallery by Jane is Lyle, the last Pelican we have from her series called Adios Amigos. Adios Amigos was a series of 5 papier-mache life-sized pelicans created with recycled materials. Each was named after an “Ex”, and I just LOVE telling that to gallery visitors! They get such a kick out of the “inspiration” for these pieces and visitors love the details of a heart on their chest and that they have been “banded” with their names on their leg.