Atlanta, Georgia based artist Jane Biven has been exhibiting since 2012. Biven's large scale abstracts have been described as bold and explosive, with a dramatic colour palette that can be both invigorating and soothing at the same time. Her expressionist paintings reflect her personality through musical inspiration, fascination of the elements in nature, and respect for Fung Shui. Radiating the positive energy with which they were created. Working predominately with epoxy resin, inks and acrylic paints, her fearless approach is unorthodox, rarely using an easel or a brush. The art itself then begins to take on its own path, flows freely, her journey of exploration drives her to constantly refine and improve her original technique, 'Alternative Abstraction™'. Biven turns to painting, a process that she finds absolutely freeing, as both an emotional release and a self-healing ritual, to achieve balance and beauty, within herself and on her canvas.
My contemporary abstract paintings are created using my original mixed media technique, "Alternative Abstraction". Developed in 2012, my complex process combines inks, acrylics, heat & household chemicals with epoxy resin. Careful layering, manipulation, & timely execution produce unique results. Vibrantly colorful abstracts alive with energy. As a self-taught artist, my methods are unorthodox. Rarely will you catch me using an easel or a brush. I have mastered the basic skills and the chemistry of my medium, to further develop the process and expand its boundaries. Concentrating on the process, rather than the meaning, my spontaneous creations are purely emotional. Fueled by a natural curiosity and fearless approach to abstract painting.
“Music is my sole (soul) inspiration. I always paint to music.
I translate the audible to visual, it's like I paint what I hear...
Lyric and melody become color and form…
As I construct a painting like composing a song.
My paintings are visual songs, symphonies of color,
The more inspiring the music, the more passionate the painting!"
My creative experience is both liberating and exhilarating. My expressive outlet is a freedom, like no other, achieved by relinquishing control to the fluidity, or the natural path of liquid as it flows thick or thin, into and out of other streams. Colors combining as they wish and resisting the temptation to intervene until the perfect moment. Adding a mist of chemical to cause an explosion of color or introducing a utensil to drag a line of a contrasting color through another. "Fluid" motion is beautiful perfection, a natural flow that can be controlled only to a point — which is a good life lesson. It’s about learning how and when to let go. Using gravity, patience and self-restraint, this karmic exercise is quite therapeutic as well. Guided by a desire for balance & harmony, I incorporate the basic philosophies of Feng Shui, color theory & the five elements in nature to achieve synergy. As positive energy flows through me onto my canvas. Each body of work is a book, each painting a chapter, telling the story of my personal journey of self-discovery. That expressive, interactive aspect of the art form has allowed me to make amazing discoveries and one-of-a-kind results. And that is precisely what appeals to me!
b. 1963, Atlanta, Georgia
Lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia