Janine Partington: Enamels, Leather, Paintings
Janine has been making things her whole life. Growing up Janine’s artist father occupied the ground floor of their home with his painting studio, but her ‘teenage rebellion’ meant she never considered art as a career. However, after the birth of her second child in 2002, and then in her thirties, Janine began adult education evening classes in Bristol studying enamelling and selling her work. Janine became a full-time creative in 2006.
In 2015 Janine began an MA in Design at UWE, Bristol. Her degree show consisted of a series of carved and painted leather panels. Janine now creates leather panels alongside her enamelling practice. The work that she creates in leather is more personal. This has included responses to her father's Alzheimer's and death that was exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery as part of the Crafts Council's 'Collect Open' programme in 2019, and more recently a response to her mother's life, ill health and death.
Janine also creates one off smaller pieces in leather that often reflect her own personal emotional temperature through explorations of the natural world.
In 2021, as Janine approached her 50th birthday, she decided to explore painting as a medium. Janine had been reluctant to pick up a paintbrush as she saw her father as being what a painter could and should be, but there had always been a desire to layer and play with colours and forms and paint allows her to do this. Alongside her enamels and leather panels, this exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery is the first time Janine will be showing some of her paintings. I am excited and nervous to be showing my paintings in a gallery setting. Being creative, you want to share what you do even when it is scary.
Whilst Janine is showing three seemingly distinct media, all take inspiration from nature, even in her more abstracted works. They also share a desire to create clean and defined lines, marks and shapes. Even in the more freestyle works in leather and paint, there is an order and pattern to the work that hopefully brings balance.