“Colour has always fascinated me. It is the first thing I see, then comes shape and form.
As an abstract artist I use colour to interpret the way I see the world.”
Jan Cristaudo lives on the Pittwater Peninsular among Sydney’s northern beaches. This idyllic location provides endless inspiration for her paintings that rely on the use of colour as a means of expression. Jan has always been fascinated by colour and has developed a distinctive abstract style using oils on canvas to interpret subjects that inspire her.
Jan has been painting now for over 25 years. After completing a Colour & Design course she then sourced artists that inspired her and enrolled in their workshops to further develop her own art.
Her art is influenced by colour which then translates to telling a story on canvas… Jan's exhibition titled ‘Unseen Images’ was taken from extracts of her daughter’s emails from Afghanistan where she was working as an aid worker. Another exhibition emerged from a trip to Italy where she discovered small plaques with affirmations along a tiny walk way at the base of an very ancient church, it was called ‘The Quiet Way’. Her latest exhibition ‘Dunes of Green’ was at The Incinerator Art Space. This was based on thinking outside the usual colour and shape forms.
Jan has had a number of exhibition over the years. She has had her works hung in Parliament House Sydney and is currently represented by Painters Gallery at Manly. Jan runs art workshops and holds artist talks and has been a finalist several times for the Warringah Art prize.