“A Day in the Life” with Toronto artist Jacquelyn Sloane Siklos

Jacquelyn Sloane Siklos is a painter and photographer. She is intrigued and inspired by new techniques which she explores in both her photography and her painting.

Her recent paintings are shimmering multi-layered swatches of paint and typographic collage. They are abstract, but the layers suggest urban settings, sometimes connected with fragments of poetry and other imagery.

Her style is energetic and colourful, while maintaining a sense of peace and serenity.

Her photographic work juxtaposes interesting shadows, colours, shapes and the small details of life. She works with several cameras, usually an SLR but also an iPhone and a Lomo with film.

Her photographs and paintings can currently be found as part of Crosslinx Gallery City, and on a regular basis at Canvas Gallery in Toronto, or online through her website or by contacting the artist directly.

Jacquelyn Sloane Siklos - A shot of some of the collage elements I use in my paintings - I start overlapping some of the elements I think I may use to see how the composition works.
A shot of some of the collage elements I use in my paintings – I start overlapping some of the elements I think I may use to see how the composition works.
Jacquelyn Sloane Siklos - An abstract work in progress on my studio floor - I might choose to add some paper collage elements, or sometimes the work seems finished without.
An abstract work in progress on my studio floor – I might choose to add some paper collage elements, or sometimes the work seems finished without.
Jacquelyn Sloane Siklos - I always finish the edges, I prefer a painted edge to the white of the canvas.
I always finish the edges, I prefer a painted edge to the white of the canvas.
A work in progress on my easel
A work in progress on my easel
A shot of ‘find the light” currently in Gallery City
A shot of ‘find the light” currently in Gallery City
Jacquelyn Sloane Siklos - A recent show I participated in as part of the North Toronto Group of Artists
A recent show I participated in as part of the North Toronto Group of Artists
A photo of one of my images from the Poetic Motion Series hanging on a wall
A photo of one of my images from the Poetic Motion Series hanging on a wall
Taking photographs
Taking photographs

What ‘hood are you in?

I live in the Yonge/Lawrence area.

What do you do?

I’m an artist, teacher and mom. I work in both painting and photography – which can feel a bit as if I’m pulled in multiple directions on occasion, but I also find that the way I perceive my work in photography helps to refine and inspire my compositions in painting. I teach two adult mixed media and acrylic classes at Artbarn School, and have also run workshops and ‘painting parties’ there. I enjoy teaching and the interaction with my students. I find it fascinating how many different approaches to one assignment there can be.

What are you currently working on?

My photographic series often stretch across years as the ideas and my approach to them are refined through the process of working, and reviewing. I often add to my series over several years – including my Poetic Motion series, one of which is on display now as part of Crosslinx Gallery City. A favourite photographic series includes a toy dog. It began in 2013 when I found a small toy Dalmatian on a trip to Spain. I picked it up and left it on top of a fencepost on the promenade, thinking perhaps the child who lost it might find it, but when we walked back several hours later, it was still posing there. I’ve since added to his family.

Where can we find your work?

My work is available as part of the Gallery City – Crosstown Art Crawl and at Canvas Gallery in Toronto, online at minted.com and at zatista.com You can also find me and my work for sale through my website – www.sloanesiklos.com.

 

 

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