Janna Kumi

Janna Kumi

Burnaby, BC, Canada

About Janna Kumi


My paintings begin by looking at trees as I walk past them on a daily basis. Their solidity, the way they sit upon the earth’s surface, commands attention. Trees in turn support a vast array of life that lives on the hard surface of their bark. Through this protective skin, oxygen seeps out of the tree through little openings called lenticels. My work focuses on this outer skin – on the texture and colours of that skin, the life forms that find a home there, and on those little openings in its surface through which trees breathe.

My purpose lies in finding the sensitivity of line and intensity of color that alludes to the solidness of the bark and the lightness of air, the shapes and forms of this skin and its breathing holes. Finally, to give homage to the life forms that inhabits this landscape. Through the interplay of form and colour, I paint both reality and illusion. Through various media I seek to blend conceptualism and physicality; classicism with the contemporary, to exist together on canvas or paper. It is through these co-existences that I paint an appreciation of life, where art and the outer world mesh