VOLUPTUOUS TOWNS – series of abstract paintings
Jan Astner – VOLUPTUOUS TOWNS – series of abstract paintings
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 paintings is the artist’s travel diary. Each artwork is a record of the feelings that accompanied the visit, discoveries and experiences.
Jan Astner’s series of abstract paintings are painted using the imprint method, without the use of a brush. Stamped with all kinds of tools and planes. Referring to cubism, macro pointillism – very rich and multi-layered. The structure of an cityscape can be studied many times, and each time we discover something new. This richness results from the variety of the painting technique used and emphasize the sensuality of the artworks.
Jan Astner looks at towns and cities in a very private way. The artist shows in his VOLUPTUOUS TOWNS – the uniqueness of cityscapes. He’s watching them. Each painting has a specific, corresponding color, from pastel, delicate to aggressive, imposing clashes of colors. The VOLUPTUOUS TOWNS series is an artist’s travel diary, a catalog of unique series of abstract paintings. Each painting refers to a different city visited by the painter. Each is a record of the feelings that accompanied the visit, discoveries and experiences. Jan claims that the most interesting part of traveling is discovering the sphere that cannot be seen, which can be experienced individually by looking at people, or actually watching them. It is a colorful, diverse world, always hiding something from visitors. Each city has its taboos, its hidden secrets – because each city has its own intimate life.
The entire series of abstract paintings 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 artworks 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 colorful acrylic paint.