Rose; 4" x 4"; Oil On Panel
© Jacklyn St. Aubyn
In a review of Jacklyn St. Aubyn’s work, Wesley Pulkka wrote that appreciation of her skill and work requires slowing down and long study. (Albuquerque Journal; 2012)
Realistic or representational are words that a quick study applies to her oil on panel paintings. Slow down and study of the work, and it can strike you as abstract because—for the most part—background visual references are absent, minimal or suggested where a pattern might imply a serving plate. The subject of the painting, the pomegranate, the bird, the flower, are close-up and finely rendered in meticulous detail. So, ask yourself: abstract, representational or hyper-realistic? It does take time to wrap your mind around this conundrum.
Her work is formed by her method of composition, a very deliberate selection and arrangement of objects—drawn from nature—that have become her symbolic representations of various aspects of her life. The viewer cannot, of course, intuit her exact associations and representations, but through St. Aubyn’s artistic skills—use of luscious color, mark-making and composition—the associations’ presence transcends the object, is felt and “beckons the viewer’s response.”
St. Aubyn’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in both private and public institutions for the past 36 years. Her work is in public and private collections. Her book, Drawing Basics, provides a proven method for learning to draw from observation. Now in its second edition, the book has been used in classrooms throughout the United States and internationally.
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