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    Water and Stone

    Jana got the inspiration out of the nature of her native region, Tolmin, and especially by several details of the Soca, Tolminka, Zadlascica, Nadiza and other local mountain rivers.

    Music in gesture and color

    Affection for music is the pushing power that inspires this series of works in which the brush strokes are not only recordings of the painting process...

    Unveilings

    The initial inspiration came from the opening under the roof of a typical Slovenian house or shed.

    Decorative Arts

    Wall painting and glass painting in restaurants, casinos, cultural centers...

    Illustration

    The illustrations in the books of publishers Mladinska knjiga, Mohorjeva družba, Obzorja, Kmečki glas...

  • Painting

    Water and Stone

    Jana got the inspiration out of the nature of her native region, Tolmin, and especially by several details of the Soca, Tolminka, Zadlascica, Nadiza and other local mountain rivers.

    Music in gesture and color

    Affection for music is the pushing power that inspires this series of works in which the brush strokes are not only recordings of the painting process...

    Unveilings

    The initial inspiration came from the opening under the roof of a typical Slovenian house or shed.

    Decorative Arts


    Decorative Arts

    Wall painting and glass painting in restaurants, casinos, cultural centers...

    Illustration


    Illustration

    The illustrations in the books of publishers Mladinska knjiga, Mohorjeva družba, Obzorja, Kmečki glas...

  • Address

    Jana Dolenc
    Kamno 13
    5220 Tolmin
    Slovenia
    Tel: +386 53 885 980
    Gsm: +386 41 500 138
    Email:
    jana.dolenc@hotmail.com

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  • Curriculum vitae

    1. • 1964 born in Ljubljana
    2. • 1972-1979 primary school Tolmin
    3. • 1979-1983 gymnasium Tolmin
    4. • 1983-1988 University of Ljubljana: Faculty of Art, direction painting
    5. • 1989-1990 independent artist Tolmin
    6. • 1990-1992 teacher art primary school Tolmin
    7. • 1990-1992 mentor of the association for amatory painters Tolmin
    8. • 1993 marriage with Eduard Stamsnijder and moved to the Netherlands
    9. • 1993-2003 independent artist, several expositions in the Netherlands and Slovenia, projects (wallpaintings) in Slovenië en Kroatië, illustrations
    10. • 1993-2003 Member of the Cultural Council Leusden
    11. • 2003 Moved with family to Slovenia
    12. • 2005 - mentor of the association for amatory painters Tolmin
    13. • 2009 - mentor of the association for amatory painters Rence
    14. • 2005 - development an renting to tourists from own apartments
    15. • 2011 - brokers diploma and working at own real estate agency
    16. • 2013 - chairman of the supervisory committee of culture and sport department of the Municipality of Tolmin
  • List of personal exhibitions

    1. 1. 1984 - Dom JLA Tolmin
    2. 2. 1988 - KS Tolmin
    3. 3. 1988 - Kulturni dom Bovec
    4. 4. 1988 - Galerija Knjižnice Cirila Kosmača, Tolmin
    5. 5. 1988 - Galerija Knjižnice Prežihov Voranc, Ljubljana
    6. 6. 1988 - Likovni salon, Železniki
    7. 7. 1988 - Preddverje gledališča Glej, Ljubljana
    8. 8. 1989 - Gostišče Turn, Šmartno v Brdih
    9. 9. 1989 - Galerija Nikola Tesla, Zagreb
    10. 10. 1989 - Razstavišče SDK, Novo mesto
    11. 11. 1989 - Razstavni salon Dolik, Jesenice
    12. 12. 1989 - Gorenjski muzej, Kranj
    13. 13. 1989 - Kulturni center I. Napotnik, Velenje
    14. 14. 1989 - Likovna vitrina, Nova Gorica
    15. 15. 1990 - Galerija Alga, Izola
    16. 16. 1993 - Medisch centrum, Rhenen, NL
    17. 17. 1993 - VVAA Groep, Utrecht, NL
    18. 18. 1993 - A. Robin Groep, Amersfoort, NL
    19. 19. 1994 - ING Bank, Driebergen, NL
    20. 20. 1995 - Cultureel centrum Sparrendam, NL
    21. 21. 1996 - CC Sparrendam, NL
    22. 22. 1997 - Galerie't Verstek, Leusden, NL
    23. 23. 1999 - AVU Galerie en lijstenmakerij, Amersfoort, NL
    24. 24. 1999 - Tolminski muzej, Tolmin
    25. 25. 2000 - Cultureel centrum't Hoekhuis, Leusden, NL
    26. 26. 2001 - CC't Hoekhuis, Leusden, NL
    27. 27. 2001 - Galerie Beddeweeg, Zierikzee, NL
    28. 28. 2002 - Galerie Kasteel Essenbourgh, Hierden, NL
    29. 29. 2002 - Galerija Marsa, Kobarid
    30. 30. 2005 - Galerija knjižnica Cirila KosmaÄŤa, Tolmin
    31. 31. 2007 - Galerija Alga, Izola
    32. 32. 2007 - KT1, Izola
    33. 33. 2008 - Galerija Vipavski križ
    34. 34. 2009 - Kulturni dom Bovec
    35. 35. 2010 - Galerija SDK, Tolmin
    36. 36. 2011 - HIT Paviljon, Nova Gorica
    37. 37. 2013 - Interium, Bergen op Zoom, NL
    38. 38. 2014 - Kulturni dom, Šmarje pri Jelšah
    39. 39. 2014 - Tolminski muzej, Tolmin
    40. 40. 2015 - Galerija Milotić, Pula, Croatia
    41. 41. 2015 - Brussels, Belgium
  • Painting colonies

    1. 1. 1988 - Hotel Kanin, Bovec
    2. 2. 1989 - Semič
    3. 3. 1989 - Sveče na avstrijskem Koroškem
    4. 4. 1990 - Izlake
    5. 5. 2005 - Most na Soči, SIM
    6. 6. 2007 - Idrija pri Bači "Zlata ribica"
    7. 7. 2008 - Sinji vrh nad Ajdovščino
    8. 8. 2009 - Čatez ob Savi "S Francem na Čatezu"
    9. 9. 2010 - Tinsko (Zibika), Šmarje pri Jelšah
    10. 10. 2010 - Selce (Novi Vinodolski), HR
    11. 11. 2011 - Tinsko (Zibika), Šmarje pri Jelšah
    12. 12. 2012 - Svino pri Kobaridu
    13. 13. 2013 - Bardo / Pradielis, Italia
  • Painting

    Water and Stone

    This is the first large series of paintings by Jana after her graduation in 1988. She got the inspiration out of the nature of her native region, Tolmin, and especially by several details of the Soca, Tolminka, Zadlascica, Nadiza and other local mountain rivers. She sets her focus on the beautiful turquoise color of the water and the large stones and rocks, cut through the centuries and distorted by water. Jana finds in these rocks anthropomorphic forms and presents them as the protagonists who resist the pressure of the environment. Predominant colors are blue, green and purple. Light and shadow make the rocks voluminous and as sculpted wood. The intensive chiaro / scuro contrast gives the paintings drama and the feeling that time was is hold.

    Music in gesture and color

    This second larger series of paintings was created in the second part of Jana's stay in Holland (1999-2003) and partly after her returning to Slovenia (2003-2007).
    Pure and intense colors are characteristic for these works. Expressivity in color and brushstroke is coming in place of previous detail oriented and color limited way of painting.
    Her affection for music is the pushing power that inspires this series of works in which the brush strokes are not only recordings of the painting process, but also visual traces of the arm’s movement, following the rhythm of the music.
    The mood of the music determines the color choice. Conversely the choice of colors suggest the mood to the viewer. The painting hand responds to the rhythm of the music , which is reflected in the expressive lines and strong colors. Although the works are almost abstract, parts of the instruments or musicians hands can be recognized here and there. Musicians are not individuals, they act as a part of the whole and are one with their instrument.

    Unveilings

    This is the last series of abstract paintings by Jana.
    The initial inspiration came from the opening under the roof of a typical Slovenian house or shed. Its shape is usually round, with a cross or other simple shape in the middle. The function is mainly de-aeration, but it also gives some natural lighting. The cross suggests asking God to protect everything under the roof.
    This element of the architecture is later associated with symbols of similar shapes. Among other those of Yin and Yang, reduced to a combination of bipolar light and dark , enclosed in the form of circle, and sometimes in a square or rectangle.
    Also other recognizable shapes in this abstract paintings are of simple geometric shape as circles , ellipses , squares, triangles and similar. This archaic symbols are the only recognizable protagonists of the paintings and are situated in the middle of the canvas in an imaginary space. The message of these symbols is not being explained, they are there to excite the intuition of the viewer.
    Balanced and in harmonious colors crafted paintings are contemplative and decorative. The busy brushstrokes of earlier series are missing. As an expression of individual expressiveness they are being avoided because Jana aims to create the feeling of transcending the impermanence and creating of universal value.
    In her paintings Jana builds the illusion of a spiritual landscape . The dynamic is not so much in the composition, but in the movement of the gaze of the viewer, which is drawn into and through the painting . That is not due to perspective as the most common three-dimensional illusion, but due to the depth created by multiple layers of paint, translucent in many nuances.The translucent effect is achieved by applying layers of paint, as well as by regularly scraping and rinsing the paint off.
    By that, the gaze of the viewer is being taken in the distance of the spiritual landscape in search for the answers to existential questions . But there are no answers given. Behind each layer the eye uncovers a new layer, a new question again.
    The title of the series, Unveilings, indicates the effort of Jana to discover the meaning of her art and her existence.

  • List of books with illustrations

    1. 1. Ivan Tušek: PRIPOVEDKE Z MARTINJ VRHA, Mladinska knjiga, Zbirka Deteljica, Ljubljana 1986
    2. 2. Janez Dolenc: TOLMINSKE PRAVLJICE, Mladinska knjiga, Zbirka Zlata ptica, Ljubljana 1989
    3. 3. France Bevk: TRI POVESTI O TOLMINSKIH GROFIH, Mladinska knjiga, Zbirka Pisanice, Ljubljana 1990
    4. 4. France Bevk: LEGENDE, Mohorjeva družba, Gorica 1990
    5. 5. Janez Bitenc: VRTNICA NA GREDI, Založba Obzorja, Maribor 1990
    6. 6. Marija Makarovic: ZILJA, Zbirka Slovenska ljudska noša v besedi in podobi št. 5, ZKOS Ljubljana 1991
    7. 7. Janez Dolenc: ZLATI BOGATIN, Založba Kmečki glas, Zbirka Glasovi, Ljubljana 1992
    8. 8. Marija Makarovič: BELA KRAJINA - POLJANSKA DOLINA, Zbirka Slovenska ljudska noša v besedi in podobi št. 6, ZKOS Ljubljana 1993
    9. 9. Marija Makarovič: TAKO SMO ŽIVELI 1, KKZ Celovec 1993
    10. 10. Marija Makarovič: LITIJSKO POSAVJE, Zbirka Slovenska ljudska noša v besedi in podobi št. 7, ZKOS Ljubljana 1994
    11. 11. Marija Makarovič: NOTRANJSKA, Zbirka slovenska ljudska noša v besedi in podobi št. 8, ZKOS Ljubljana 1995
    12. 12. Marija Makarovič: PREKMURJE, Zbirka slovenska ljudska noša v besedi in podobi št. 9, ZKOS Ljubljana 1996
    13. 13. Marija Makarovič: OBLAČILNA KULTURA V ROŽU, Mohorjeva družba, Celovec 1996
    14. 14. Marija Makarovič: OBLAČILNA KULTIRA V PODJUNI, Mohorjeva družba, Celovec 1999
    15. 15. Marija Makarovič: OBLAČILNA KULTURA KMEČKEGA PREBIVALSTVA NA TOLMINSKEM, Občina Tolmin, Ministrstvo za kulturo in ZKO Tolmin, 1999
    16. 16. Janez Dolenc: KRES NA GREBLJICI, Zbirka Glasovi, Založba Kmečki glas, Ljubljana 2000
    17. 17. Marija Makarovič in Gore Makarovič: VIJA VAJA BUCIJAJA, KKZ Celovec 2002
    18. 18. Marija Makarovič: ABECE, Založba Narava, 2009
    19. 19. Marija Makarovič: Kalinovjak, Založba Narava 2012
  • Decorative Arts

    Wall painting
    1. 1987 – Casino Paradiso, Tolmin
    2. 1995 – Casino Princess, Nova Gorica
    3. 1997 – Restaurant 't Kroontje, Amersfoort, NL
    4. 2001 – Casino Solei, Umag, HR
    5. 2002 – Casino Moravske toplice
    6. 2003 – Casino Pacquito, Volčja Draga
    7. 2004 – Kavarna Marco Polo, Nova Gorica

    Glass painting
    1. 1987 – Casino Paradiso, Tolmin
    2. 1990 – Restavracija Lokve nad Čepovanom
    3. 1991 – Vinska klet Vipava
    4. 1992 – Restavracija Breza, Kobarid
    5. 1999 – Cultureel centrum Leusden, NL
    6. 2000 – Pension Rutar, Tolmin
  • Water and Stone

  • Music in gesture and color

  • Unveilings

  • Decorative Arts

  • Illustration