Jan S. Heginbotham
Painting and Sculpture
As an artist, I have followed many different paths. For decades, I’ve been known in the DC Metro area as a figurative sculptor, creating works in bronze. About five years ago, I embarked on a new creative path. Color and paint called to me, and I have been exploring new ways to create art.
Previously, my work was all three-dimensional. Drawing was always part of my practice as an exercise and in service to sculpture. Long an admirer of paintings, it seemed a path for others. Gradually, curiosity overcame resistance, and now painting and sculpture are both in my repertoire.
This is the second time my art has taken a dramatic turn. Through college, while studying with Boris Blai, and for years after, my sculptures were more traditional and realistic. Earliest influences included the Classical Greeks, Michelangelo, and Rodin. During those years, I often sketched from live models.
Years after graduate school, I began to transform the figure in unexpected ways. Musical instruments or other objects appear in human forms. Qualities of humans and animals are combined. Influences are Cycladic Greek carvings, African Art, and other periods and cultures. Sources include music, dance, yoga, geometry, the natural world and modern sculpture; combined to create an abstract personal style.
Much as in sculpture, in painting I draw upon multiple sources, even using sculptures themselves as subject matter. My work still tends toward the figurative and also still life, although most recently, my compositions in painting are becoming more abstract.
Composition and design have always been priorities in my art. While my focus is not to deliberately create works that provoke or portray emotion, it appears to have that effect, as viewers comment on the strong responses the work evokes for them.
There is an irresistible immediacy to painting, and the ability to mostly control the process from start to finish is very appealing. The lusciousness of color is also seductive.
In painting or sculpture, the goal is the same; to create beautiful objects that are uniquely personal, have a true presence, and hopefully, a universal resonance.
My sculpture is shown locally and nationally; and is also commissioned for individuals, organizations, and public spaces. It has been my pleasure to teach at both the university and community level. I will always be a sculptor, and now am thoroughly enjoying an expanded creative life as a painter as well.
MFA Sculpture , 1992 American University, Wash., DC
(Mark Oxman, Stanley Lewis, Deborah Kahn)
Walt Bartman & Others, DC Area, Painting Classes, 2013 - Present
Boris Blai, Philadelphia, PA Private Studies, 3 years
BA Art Education, University of Maryland, College Park