A bouquet of rosy-pink blossoms sits in a vase in this pretty oil painting by Jennifer Hornyak. The pink is complemented by the rich dark hues of the colour field in olive green, black, and slate blue. The vase in bright lime green, sky blue and white offers contrast. Hornyak is known for her abstract and figurative work in vivid colours. Her palette was inspired by both German Expressionism and the early 20th century French Fauvist masters such as Matisse who used colour in non-naturalistic ways.
“People think I’m painting still lifes. But, I have to say they’re not. They’re abstractions. I use the flower as a metaphor for myself. “ Jennifer Hornyak
She studied at the Grimsby School of Art in England. In 1961, she moved to Montreal where she attended McGill University, the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal and the Centre Saidye Bronfman. Hornyak has exhibited throughout North America and Europe including the Paris World Exhibition in 1987 where her work was shown alongside that of Modigliani, Picasso and van Dongen. Hornyak’s work is represented in many private and corporate collections.