Jasmin is a Piha New Zealand based Artist originally from Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty. She has an extensive dance background trained in Irish dancing, contemporary dance, ballet and has a Bachelor of Performing & Screen Arts, majoring in Contemporary Dance. She has studied Aka Rakai Toi- Diploma in Art at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, 2010-2011. This is where she developed her interest in acrylic painting and life drawing.

 

Over the past 10 years her art practice is predominantly acrylic on canvas and most recently high quality prints on cotton paper which have been exhibited in New York City. Her work is inspired by the natural world, flowing rivers, mountains and seas. A practice that feeds in and out of her physical art form of movement.

 

As a dancer, she performs & choreographs nationally & internationally as a Freelance Dance Artist & company member of New Zealand’s leading Maori contemporary dance company, Atamira Dance Company. Her passion for indigenous dance and culture has become a

place of research for her painting. A place where she feels she connects and shares the stories of the natural world by tracing an embodiment which is transferable to canvas.

Her latest paintings have been influenced by her local environment in Piha along with her recent travels to New York City & Canada where she connected with the indigenous cultures of the lands. Earth, Water, Fire & Wind are subjects which have shaped her art form in a very distinct abstract style. Visible in all her paintings is a spiritual weave of connective energy, illustrating an

element of life that is often unseen by the human eye. Her art works are bold, yet delicate created with multiple layers in an abstract style.

 

As an Artist Jasmin has the intention of a being a vessel for the knowledge of nature. With an emphasis on creating colours that can potentially heal, finding images within images and experimenting with an idea of life within life. Allowing the viewer to shape their own story from her work.

Most recent Exhibitions;

ORA Gallery New York City “Elements of movement” A joint show with New Zealand born Artist Claire Price, 1-24 October 2016.

Tourism New Zealand exhibition at The Musket Room, New York City November 2016.

 

ORA Gallery, New York City “Ka Ora” (I live) Exhibiting alongside 20 New Zealand Artists, June 2017.

 

 

JASMIN CANUEL