|It's Not Just
by Jan Dalton
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Art Central Gallery presents Jan Dalton’s new exhibit, titled “It’s Not Just Black and White; It’s a
Complicated Subject.” These oil paintings will be featured during the month of February at the Gallery
on Short Central.
An artist’s inspiration can come from almost anywhere. For Jan Dalton it often comes through her
dreams. One image seems to stand out. Then she develops it further, and that idea leads to
another. And that can lead to another; soon Jan has a whole series of paintings.
Jan says, “That’s what happened with this new body of works”. It started with a black and white
dream. Approximately 80% of all dreams are in color, so this black and white dream really caught my
attention. It was an image of a horse moving out of the mist on a moonlit beach.
The contrast of black and white continued to tickle this artist’s creativity. She painted two more
canvases of black and white animals while pondering the phrase: “It’s not just black and white; it’s
complicated.” Must one idea be correct to the exclusion of all other possibilities? Can it?
With paint, black can be mixed from a combination of other colors, such as blue, brown and red, while
white has to be manufactured. In light color theory, black is the absence of color or light and white is
the combination of all colors. It is complicated.
Soon these paintings and the color theory behind them became an allegory for our world politics,
ideas and interactions. Must it be only this way or that way? And what about the horse in the mist?
These paintings have something to offer each viewer; for some the animals will stand out; for other,
deeper meanings may be found.
See “It’s Not Just Black and White; It’s a Complicated Subject” and ponder for yourself. Meet the
artist at a reception on Third Thursday, February 15, 5-8 pm.