Behind the Canvas: Interview by Clique Magazine, November 2016.
Janine Dello is an Adelaide artist who focuses on figurative painting that depict personalities and emotions of females that evolves from her long obsession with fashion magazines and love-
In the lead up to her graduate exhibition at Adelaide Central School of Art, we chat to Janine about her works and her plans for after graduating from her Bachelor of Visual Art this year.
When did you discover your love for art / artistic talent?
I have always had a passion for creating and always wanted to be an artist. It took me a while to get to Art School though, and now I am concentrating on the advantages of being a ‘mature-
We can see there is a consistent theme with females in your current works, is there a reason for this?
My current series of paintings explore the contradictory emotions relating to female consumption habits, focusing on the tension between female desire and the fashion consumer culture. This theme has evolved from my long obsession with fashion magazines and my love-
Are the people in your pieces people you know or are they purely inspired by your imagination?
Yes, my subjects are all women I know. I was lucky they were willing to participate in some crazy photo-
What are your preferred tools for your artistic style?
My preferred medium is oil paint and I use either linen or canvas supports. I love my new Canon DSLR too!
What inspires your unique approach to your pieces?
I am inspired by fantasy-
How long would it take you to complete one of your works?
If I don’t include my photo-
Do you think you will always paint portrait style works of art? Have you ever had experimented with other styles?
Yes, I love figurative painting, depicting personalities and emotions. I used to paint abstract works years ago, but found I couldn’t push that style any further. People are so complex and ever-
Where do you hope your art to take you?
I will continue to explore female vulnerabilities and contemporary cultural concerns in my painting practice… and buy too many magazines and covet things I don’t need.
I hope to join or start up a shared artists’ studio space next year. I am looking forward to producing and exhibiting more artwork and hope that viewers will connect with the theme that I am exploring.
Hear from Janine and some of her 2016 Bachelor of Visual Art Honours and Graduates in this short film of interviews by Sasha Grbich from the Adelaide Central School of Art.
View the Graduate exhibition catalogue here.