JANE BRADDOCK Tinney Contemporary Website CV
Nashville, TN | Painting
Braddock has a BFA from Syracuse University. After 15 years as a textile designer and colorist in NY, last working for Brunschwig et Fils, she moved to Nashville which became her home. For over 30 years she has been an abstract painter. Her works are collected locally and nationally.
Braddock has traveled widely beginning with East Africa in 1971. Her trips have informed her life as well as her art. In 1996 after a powerful trip to Tibet, and including a return to India and Nepal, her work changed dramatically. While reading Gita Mehta’s Karma Cola she was electrified by the word Shakti- and felt intuitively that it described her new work. In Hinduism, Shakti is the divine feminine force of creation and is considered Shiva's 'other half'- he who gives that form consciousness. Braddock found the color of India spilling from memory into her new work and she began painting vibrational fields of light.
This Shakti series has deepened and expanded over the years. The most dramatic change has been the addition of text to the paintings. Earlier paintings had been titled with fragments of poetry, prose, song lyrics, and book titles. About 5 years ago, the words themselves entered the paintings and became another layer of patterning within the whole.
As technique morphed from brush strokes to dots to letterforms to spatters, the drip paintings were born. Braddock discovered that the drips stimulated her original fascination with color juxtaposition and its capacity to spark various non-verbal states. Some of these paintings have text- others do not. They are the vanguard of her latest journey.