SYBARITIC POSES with abstract drawing

What distinguishes Jan Astner’s works is the use of abstract drawing of contours. The artist applied a precise line and clearly built the composition. He divided large surfaces of the canvases into unambiguous parts and filled them with uniform, flat patches of color. He put an abstract drawing on the surfaces. SYBARITIC POSES are acts. This vague drawing suggests female bodies.


Abstract drawing shows the contours of the body, the contours of the female body. The forms suggest a blissful sybaritic rest, relaxation after an amorous satisfaction, fulfillment full of happiness. The soft forms of drawing may be a symbol of being satisfied with yourself and your femininity. It is a story about what is alluring, permissive and provocative. The artist creates poses that are unlimited by limitation, satisfied with themselves. They suggest tempting worship of your being, yourself.

The abstract drawing of the paintings is to suggest the sublimation of happiness. Open forms refer to infinity. Duration, even durability of this state, are expected and desired. To achieve this goal, the artist departs from the naturalistic representation of nature. It rejects any unequivocal definition of the object. The form of the female body is implicitly completely abstract.

The importance of abstract drawing in the composition

The artist’s goal required reflection and a conscious choice of means. Large patches of solid color accentuate the abstract drawing. The selected fragments of the picture, limited by lines, are vibrating, so that they resonate, are tangible. The painter uses coarsely poured paint for drawing. It even marks the physical boundaries of the abstractly represented body and its surroundings.

Oftentimes, sharp contrasting colors come into contact and fight with each other. Other times, the transitions from one color to another are blurred. Colors of similar value are adjacent to each other, elsewhere they strongly contrast. Such a well-thought-out and composed abstract drawing carries many meanings and a variety of associations. In this way, it symbolizes a struggle, a desire to achieve a permanent state. However, Jan Astner knows that this is not possible. That is why the forms are fluid, shaky and changeable. An abstract drawing blends with the image, becoming an integral part of the composition.