Janina Pazdan captures the beauty and form of the ballerina. Graceful, flowing lines and soft smudges of color dance slowly across the canvas in a swirl of sweet pastel. Pazdan captures the essence of the dance with gentle and loving strokes. There is an elegance about her work that is rare in the art world, and it is clear that she is very passionate about what she paints.
One of the most striking and compelling aspects of her style is the way her figures are abstracted; you have the opportunity to fill in the rest of the blanks yourself. Your eyes wander through the various lines and streaks of color; looking, searching, and looking some more. She puts just enough down on canvas for you to visualize each ballerina stretching or moving, and not a splash of paint more. The result is three-dimensional bodies enveloped in pools of glowing light that embody not just a dance studio scene, but the emotion and feel of the ballet itself.
Janina was born and raised in Poland. She spent 10 years studying ceramics, sculpture, and oil painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw before graduating in 1983. It is no doubt her practice with these forms that gives her work it’s incredible dimensionality.
Much of her inspiration for her impressionistic style is gleaned from many of the greats: Edward Monet, Edgar Degas, Vincent Van Gogh, Henry Toulouse-Lautrec, and Diego Velasquez. In fact, she found tremendous insight and knowledge by painting copies of their masterpieces. She was commissioned to recreate several of their works on the walls and ceilings of a home. Initially, she was terrified that she would not be able to do it, but with a little time and study she was able to complete them, much to the pleasure of the owners. It was the discovery of how to emulate their paintings that led to further mastery in her own work and development of her own style.
Pazdan delights in painting a wide variety of subjects. She has painted flowers, gardens, landscapes, oceanscapes, animals and people (although she admits that people and animals are a joyful challenge for her!) Janina enjoys finding ways to create abstracts and is inspired by through music and poetry.
It is easy to see why Janina Pazdan’s art has found an audience in the interior design world; she has captured a well-loved niche and done so in such an entrancing way. Ballet-lovers and appreciators of art alike are sure to treasure these extraordinary gems.