oil on canvas
48 x 62"
CHRITINA JURAN b 1968 American
Christina Juran is a New Orleans-based artist; this is where she grew up and calls home. Christina graduated with honors in the visual arts program at Carleton College in Minnesota and studied at Kibbutz Kfar Hanassi Art Institute in Israel. She has lived and worked primarily in New Mexico and New Orleans in her young adult years, California post-Katrina, and has been back home in New Orleans for the past 5 years where she maintains a studio and helped to establish the New Orleans Art Center where she is the Art Director. Working in the studio and plein air, her paintings and sculpture revolve around the study of the human figure, the natural world, landscape, seascapes and interior spaces. Christina has exhibited in group exhibitions in New Mexico, California, Minnesota, New Orleans, Mississippi and in 2017 she had a solo exhibition, “Root, Source of Inspiration” at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago. Her work is in private collections locally, nationally and internationally.
I mostly draw and paint directly from the figure, landscape, and nature, sometimes initially and often completely, to better understand and express the feeling and energy of what I am observing and experiencing. One of my favorite subjects is the magnolia. I have been studying and painting the magnolia for years. They are beautiful, and inspire awe, wonder and amazement. And they feel like home. The drawing of the magnolias always begins from direct sketches outdoors from the blossom and continues into the studio. Most of my magnolias take on an abstract quality although the forms are derived from direct sketches. In this particular series. the magnolia took on a course of its own, venturing into landscape, still-life and other. I love color, movement and a search for harmony and discovery and how to express this awe. Sometimes, I just dream.
-Christina Juran, 2019
Christina Juran - "Magnolia Landscape I"
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