“A painting rises from the brushstrokes, as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later.” Joan Miro
My work is influenced by direct observations of my surroundings, experiences and interests. I work on building up my compositions using colour relationships, the interaction of shapes, forms and gestures in a spontaneous way to create an energy and rhythm across the surface. My paintings are spontaneous, and the lines and marks are energetic and playful. Some paintings are created as a response to nature and sounds. In my recent paintings I’ve been working on exploring the changing light and colour of the season. My big influence is music, mainly classical, and modern of the 20th and the 21st century. In music I find deep expressions of inner feelings, emotions and thoughts. And that connects to my art; it is where drama unfolds – happiness, anger, sadness, fear, and struggle. Other works are created as studies of old masters. I always experiment with surfaces and use paint in various ways and explore it on big and small formats. I’m trying to achieve a sense of atmosphere, mood and freedom.
Jahan Gerrard was born in the USSR, and having studied music first, she completed a music degree in Moscow, 1988. She started drawing and painting later, after moving to England, attended short courses on watercolour and oil painting, a summer course on drawing at Central St. Martins, followed by a degree in Illustration 2002-2006, at the University of Hertfordshire. She took part in group exhibitions at the 9th Terrace Annual Open 2014, London; at Lubomirov /Angus-Hughes, London 2016-2017; Black Box, Boecker Contemporary at Faux Movement, Centre d’art contemporain, Metz, France, 2017. She has been shortlisted for John Moores Painting Prize 2018.