Interview: Lynn Jaanz
Luca Curci talks with Lynn Jaanz during BARCELONA CONTEMPORARY 2021 – 2ND and 3RD EDITION at Valid World Hall Gallery.
Lynn Jaanz is an internationally acclaimed artist who has received many awards, certificates and honorable mentions for her artwork. Featured in the Artist’s Palette Magazine, MANUKA Magazines and Melbourne Observer, Lynn has also appeared on Lethbridge Gallery’s website as a Lethbridge 10,000 finalist for her painting, “Rapture”. Lynn regularly exhibits around the world and has sold her works internationally for over two decades. After exhibiting at the Plural Unique 2 show at Next Gallery in Piacenza, Italy, in late 2015, Lynn has built a strong following in Italy, with recently exhibiting at Rosso Cinabro Gallery and the Elsa Morante Library in Rome, as well as Stazione di Milano Cadorna in Milan. Lynn’s art is appreciated for its unique and fresh approach to the abstract, with its underlying interpretations of spirituality and perception of a higher power. Her work has the ability to touch one’s heart and soul as her art translates significant meaning and sovereignty straight from the canvas. Growing up in Australia, art has always been part of Lynn’s life as she was surrounded by nature, beauty and artistic inspiration. Undoubtedly, this was a big reason why Lynn began to paint. However, after having traveled to Italy in the ’80s and seeing such inspiring paintings and the beauty of the countryside, Lynn was left with vivid images in her mind. These visions have been interpreted and still appear through some of Lynn’s paintings. Behind the joy of painting, Lynn spent years battling a chronic illness. Painting became a big part of her healing process as doctors instructed her to use painting as a form of recovery. Her illness and miraculous recovery drew Lynn to the world of the supernatural. Today, her work reflects the way she sees life with all of its color and beauty. The concept, within Lynn’s work, strongly reflects the connection between the human condition and the supernatural or spiritual. Her themes express man’s search for meaning, search for God and the tragedy of living. The overriding theme is of man being lost in the insanity of life, only to find redemption and salvation. As Lynn describes it, “Man is searching for meaning, searching for hope, searching for love, searching for significance in his perpetual state of confusion”. Described as an Impressionist Abstract Colorist, Lynn is renowned for representing the journey of life extensively, as the topics of birth, death, heartache, sorrow, joy, love and eternity are depicted by the recurrent images of crosses and colors. Lynn uses extreme and strong color, textures and imagery to reinforce the different stages of life, and the emotional conditions that come with it. The commotion expressed in her works depicts the myriad of experiences and sentiments on the journey. Through these techniques, Lynn takes aestheticians on a journey within each color, with all its power, beauty and majesty. Her vision is to give the viewer a sense of joy and peace in a world that is so full of fear. In addition to her artistry, Lynn launched her new book titled “A Journey from Heaven to Healing” in February 2017. After having many near-death experiences, Lynn wrote this book to tell the story of her journey.
Luca Curci – What is your background?
Lynn Jaanz – I was born in Europe and at 6 months old come over to Australia. I have written a book called “A journey from Heaven to Healing” talking about my near-to-death experiences and journey. Images of my paintings are displayed in between the pages. In saying all that, it brings me to your second question.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
LJ – My near-to-death experience and over 20 years of chronic illness lead me to paint and experience the secret place of expression. My artworks are full of colorS, curves and glory. Every piece is an expression of the human condition.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
LJ – My thoughts while I paint are to create an art piece in a place of peace and that the art piece would inspire the purchaser to look at life as just the journey, and that Heaven is the reality (all written in my book). While I paint I can shut out the world, in a state of worship to our creator.
LC – Where do I find my inspiration?
LJ – In life and in the supernatural state of prayer. Grateful for life.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
LJ – To be honest, I don’t find any challenges. Painting comes so easy and I believe it is a gift from God.
LC – Do visitor’s suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
LJ – I enjoy having exhibitions that do not enable me able to interact with my buyers, to share love and hope, and to explain each art piece. That is why I feel it is important to display my statements besides my artworks. It enriches the viewer and helps them to connect with their personal best artworks.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival?
LJ – I have been invited to many exhibitions around the world but I pick wisely which ones to go with. I love the concept of your festivals but unfortunately, with the Covid restrictions, I was unable to personally attend. I was grateful for uploading videos and images which gave me an idea of how successful the show was.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID platform?
LJ – I feel it was very well organized. Very professional. I love the concept and will continue to be part of the organization. Congratulations!!!