JANE RADSTROM

I first studied drawing and painting at Watts Atelier California. The methods practiced in atelier schools are based on meticulous renaissance traditions of masterful realism. Then, I attended Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, earning a BFA in Illustration. Illustration is all about bringing ideas to life - it is art created to clearly convey specific meaning. Now, I create works which I consider to be contemporary realism out of my studio in Berlin, Germany.

While I am a part of a centuries-old tradition of artists depicting the human form, I also want my art to respond to the time in which I live. I am inspired by photographic effects, specifically the manipulation of exposure to create images that look 'real', but contain more than a single still image. In choosing poses, I focus on nuances of body language and expression. It is important to me that the people are presented realistically, showing unidealized beauty and what I think of as a modern sense of confidence in candid moments. I hope that when you stand in front of a piece you can feel the presence of the person depicted. 


PRESS:
Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition 2015 6th Place
Arts Illustrated Interview Dec 2015
9394 Magazine Interview Nov 2015
Myungo Gallery Pastels 2015 Contest, First Place Winner "Lady in Blue" 
Pastel Journal "Double Exposure" Feature Article Oct 2015
Haggin Museum Pastel Society of the West Coast Show 2015 Award Winner "Girl in Stripes" 
American Art Collector Upcoming Shows Preview - July 2015 
Southwest Art Shows Preview - Contemporary Figuration June 2015
Portrait Society of America Members Only Competition 2014 2nd Merit - Outside the Box Category
Pastel Journal Magazine April 2015 Issue Pastel 100 Honorable Mention - Portrait & Figurative Category
Pastel Society of the West Coast Annual Juried Show 2014 - Award Winner "Death in The Afternoon" 
Pastel Journal Magazine April 2014 Issue Pastel 100 Winner - Portrait & Figurative Category
ImagineFX International Special Edition - Cover, Tutorial and Feature article
Karmapolitan Magazine - Interview May 2014
2dots Showcase May 2014 
Creativity Decoded Showcase May 2014
Juxtapoz Magazine Showcase Feb 2014
Juxtapoz Magazine Showcase Nov 2013
Lamono Magazine Oct 2013
Empty Kingdom Feature - Sept 2013
Aether Magazine Feature Article "Routine and Scandalous - Jane Radstrom" 2013 (p.12)
HiFructose Showcase Aug 2013
ArtistADay Feature Aug 2013
Juxtapoz Magazine Showcase Aug 2013
Arts and Culture Texas Interview Feature June 2013
American Art Collector Magazine "Collecting Figurative Art" Feature Dec 2012
Austin American Statesman March 2012

A person’s appearance comes across not just in how they look, but how they move and even how their attitude radiates into the space around them. That depth of history and emotion below the surface is something I don’t get from objects or places, and it makes people endlessly fascinating for me.