VOLUPTUOUS TOWNS- series of abstract cityscapes
VOLUPTUOUS TOWNS – series of abstract cityscapes
Jan Astner runs a permanent project – he paints an endless series of abstract cityscapes. He systematically records portraits of visited cities. The project has been going on for several years. There are new works every year. VOLUPTUOUS TOWNS – a series of abstract cityscapes is the artist’s travel diary. Each picture is a record of the feelings that accompanied the visit, discoveries, and experiences.
The entire series of abstract cityscapes is painted with a printing method. Jan Astner does not use a brush to create these works. He is creatively looking for new painting tools. These are often items found while traveling. Souvenirs from visited cities. Paintings from the VOLUPTUOUS TOWNS series refer to cubism, macro pointillism, process painting. The works are very rich and multi-layered. The structure of the painting can be studied many times. Each viewer will notice different details, discover something new. This wealth comes from the painting technique. Hundreds, sometimes thousands of characters. From small dots and lines to large areas of imprinted acrylic paint.
Sensual, showing much more than appearances, hiding secrets, protecting their taboos, Jan Astner’s cities are not portraits of architecture. Jan is watching the city from the inside and the bottom. From the hidden side. The series of abstract cityscapes, VOLUPTUOUS TOWNS is a unique project of a unique idea for portraying cities. The artist shows us his interpretation. If we go beyond the conventional perception and allow ourselves to run our imagination, we will see a different world.
Cities are not created by buildings, but by what happens in them, what happens every day. Discovering is what is fascinating about traveling. This series of abstract cityscapes show the “invisible” faces of cities. It is a colorful, diverse world, always hiding something from visitors. Each city has its own taboos, its hidden secrets – because each city has its own intimate life. And so intimate are the paintings by Jan Astner in this series. Painted intuitively and spontaneously. Created on the basis of abstract associations, memories, and presumptions.