The Umbrellas, 2017
Acrylic on Canvas
20 x 16 x 1 in
Signed on back
The Umbrellas incorporates form, color, and pattern elements in an abstract fashion. With a multi-layered approach I create a world of depth and abundance. As a former graphic designer, I spent years manipulating imagery used in children’s books and television. I take that sense of color and whimsy and paint it as an exploration of paint, color, and light. Abstract shapes and patterns from disparate sources are combined. It can start with a shape, a mark, and an idea of light and color. Recently, I have been inspired by organic forms. Combining forms and color in a way to create a fictional landscape, an underwater sea scape, or something that seems like it could represent nature, but ultimately is a fiction.
Jennifer Banzaca grew up on the east coast, spending her formative years in New England. After earning a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991, she went on to live in San Francisco and New York working as a Designer and Art Director for book publishing and animation. Rediscovering a love of painting in 2004, she resumed her education studying at the Art Students League and the New York Academy of art. Relocating back to San Francisco in 2015 has allowed her to pursue a studio practice on a deeper level. She enjoys creating work that brings her past design influences and color sensibility from working in children's entertainment to her work.