Job: Experimenting with the fountain of eternal youth. Favourite artists: John Singer Sargeant, Norman Rockwell, David Bowers, Malcolm T Liepke, Phil Hale, and Ismael Medrano
The classic story of a great work of art beginning with a doodle on the back of a napkin is well known, but personally I’ve never actually encountered someone who’s done it – until I met Jennifer Thomas. I really like the idea that a piece of art can start of anywhere, maybe a doodle at the local coffee shop, just like one of Jennifer’s very charming paintings, Koi Boi.
What caught my attention with this piece is all the personality and attitude captured in the boy’s face and posture. Often you can clearly see how an artist’s personality and attitude reflects the outcome of their work.
“I completely adore combinations that are borderline surreal,” Jennifer explains. “I think this is why it took some time for the fish inside the balloon to strike me as odd. I had a gorgeous goldfish to pose for me. He lived long enough for me to reference him, and then died.” This makes the piece even more surreal and special; the delicate balloon’s purpose as a symbol that life is fragile.
The piece is very boldly painted, with a very rough and simple background and a warm and almost monochromatic colour scheme. Simplicity with a touch of surrealism is what makes this one stand out to me.
In the following three images, Jennifer Thomas talks us through her painting Koi Boi...