WRITING ON THE WALLS
June 6 – 30, 2020

“Writing on the Walls” is a series of paintings by Vancouver based artist Jana Rayne MacDonald.  Jana’s life long fascination with the individual and collective relationship and cultural interpretation of our surroundings, urban, industrial and natural, informs the series.  

The positioning of a figure(2) with obscured faces, characters in a cinematic scene, transports the viewer enabling an adopted persona; an enhanced unique relationship to the scene creating a participatory experience that poses as many questions as it answers.  Jana seeks to re-expose us to our familiar surroundings while enabling a new understanding and narrative.  Our multi-faceted experience is most often perceived as mostly passive yet simultaneously expressed as mark maker and social interpreter in the immediate form of graffiti and public art and by expansion industrial development all positioned for a second look, a refreshed appreciation of effect.  The featured mark making, both physical and contextual, is intended to decorate, denigrate, populate the scene and facilitate new understandings.

Jana’s social realism pays homage to the East Coast Realists celebrating everyday life through her collage of imagery to create a ‘real’ scenario through a natural process of intertwining the personal and societal.  Vancouver is contextualized and serves as a departure in the exploration of the natural and industrial landscapes juxtaposed with the mark maker and public art.

A life-long passion for painting started with lessons at age seven from a master painter Mary MacGillivray in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.  As a child Jana never went anywhere without a sketch book, drawing friends lazing in a field or climbing a tree.  In high school she would sit behind the big guy so the teacher wouldn’t see her paper was for drawing, not for taking notes.

She has constantly pursued her love of painting while balancing life with her two daughters and a second career in film as a Costume Supervisor having worked on a long list of Hollywood blockbusters. She is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology which has fueled her constant curiosity in what motivates people.

Jana’s paintings are in numerous private collections and have been shown in galleries in B.C., Nova Scotia and Seattle.

Jana Rayne MacDonald lives and paints in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Jana Rayne MacDonald’s CV

 

Jana MacDonald Toxic Train

Toxic 2019
acrylic on canvas  18″ x 30″
SOLD

 

Jana MacDonald Sign Of The Times

Sign Of The Times  2019
Acrylic on canvas  24″ x 30″
$2,500.00

 

Jana MacDonald Aeon

Aeon  2019
Acrylic on canvas  30″ x 40″
$3,500.00

 

Jana MacDonald Crown Jewels

Crown Jewels  2019
Acrylic on canvas  36″ x 60″
$5,200.00

 

Jana MacDonald Tiger By The Tail

Tiger By The Tail  2019
Acrylic on canvas  36″ x 48″
SOLD

 

Jana MacDonald Wheat Pool

Wheat Pool  2019
Acrylic on canvas  40″ x 40″
$4,500.00

 

Jana MacDonald Car Ferry

Car Ferry  2019
Acrylic on canvas  36″ x 48″
$4,700.00

 

Jana MacDonald Lines

Lines  2019
Acrylic on canvas  40″ x 40″
SOLD

 

Jana MacDonald Pillars

Pillars  2020
Acrylic on canvas  40″ x 40″
SOLD

 

Jana MacDonald Alex

Alex  2020
Acrylic on canvas  36″ x 48″
$4,700.00

 

Jana MacDonald Into The Unknown

Into The Unknown  2020
Acrylic on canvas  36″ x 48″
$4,700.00

 

Jana MacDonald ETC

ETC  2020
Acrylic on canvas  42″ x 54″
$5,600.00

 

AVAILABLE INVENTORY:

Jana MacDonald StarburstII

Starburst II
Acrylic on canvas  36″ x 36″
$3,600.00

 

Jana MacDonald StarburstIII

Starburst III
Acrylic on canvas  36″ x 36″
$3,600.00

 

Jana MacDonald North

North
Acrylic on canvas  20″ x 20″
$1,700.00

 

Jana MacDonald Pinstripe

Pinstripe
Acrylic on panel  24″ x 24″
$2,200.00

 

Jana MacDonald Abandon2

Abandon
Acrylic on canvas  36″ x 36″
$3,500.00