By Calley Nelson
May 17, 2017
Artist Jan Fayhee unveiled her latest solo exhibit last weekend. Fayhee’s show, represented by The Art House Gallery, will be on display at 3446 N Albany Ave in Chicago until May 20th. The 35-piece collection includes new ink and acrylic paintings on rag paper, cradled panel and canvas, along with older graphite works.
I attended the opening reception and viewed Jan Fayhee’s work extensively: many of her pieces evoke natural landscapes, the ink bleeding like lowering sunsets, crisp rains and full clouds. You can see the innate playfulness in many of her works-- tape marks and ink spots among contrasting color pigments spreading across the canvas.
It's hard to believe that Fayhee became an artist later in life, after taking graphite drawing classes at the Botanical Gardens. When her classes came to a close, her family urged her to continue experimenting with her artistic inclinations by gifting her a set of acrylic paints. With acrylics, she built works with texture and color in ways that she couldn't with graphite. Inspired, she started attending classes at The Art Institute for more instruction, where she met Rebecca George, her mentor and founding director at The Art House.
While painting for an evening class, Fayhee ran out of her acrylics and decided to try using ink instead.
"Those pigments were just so happy on the surface," Fayhee says when recounting her first rendezvous with ink. “It moves differently each time you put it on canvas, so I had to learn to let my intuition guide me."
Today, acrylic ink is her preferred medium.
With her years of professional interior and exterior design experience, Fayhee created her ideal workspace-- a well-lit private studio, where she keeps the windows cracked and classical music playing as she paints.
Fayhee's first exhibit at the Art House in 2014. "Intuitive Ink" is her second one woman show, and she continues to be represented by The Art House Gallery at its physical location as well as on Artsy.net..
New paintings by Chicago artist Jan Fayhee, represented by The Art House Gallery.
Curated by Rebecca George.
3446 N Elston, Chicago
May 15-19, 2017, Viewing by Appointment
Closing Reception: Saturday, May 20, 2017; 1:00-5:00 PM
Calley Nelson is a freelance journalist working out of Chicago. Previous articles can be seen here: Chicago Magazine