July 21, 2015

2015 national youth award

Stoked to have been selected as a finalist in the National Youth Art Award opening on Thursday 6 August at 5.30 pm in the ArtsPost gallery of the Waikato Museum on Victoria street in Hamilton.

Quick update: I won the Abstract Prize category... and celebrating with Judge Leafa Wilson, Waikato Museum Coordinator!!!

January 06, 2015

A new home for my paintings

The 4 paintings sold at my July ArtsPost exhibition are at the Great Barrier Island!!! It's so cool to hear back from clients and see them in their new home... thanks so much Cher and Hamish for sending the photos:)

December 28, 2014

UNESCO Taking Action project

My 2nd book Changing the World - One Painting at a Time has been nominated by the UNESCO Asia Pacific Art Educators Hub as a teacher resource. People say the book encourages disabled youth to dream on their talents and inspires staff working with disabled people to support them to follow their passion. Click here to get to the screenshot pages below:

To follow up on this UNESCO nomination, I have done a pilot tour of 5 presentations and spoken to disabled people and their families as well as their teachers and support workers. It is by taking such actions that we can inspire a mind shift and aim higher for the achievements of marginalised people.

The people I speak to said they are inspired to take action in their communities to provide the extra-support needed. It is by helping one disabled person at a time that we will eventually see a difference!

I am committed to reach further and fundraising to be able to make a difference with more people around me.

Short URL for this post: http://tinyurl.com/TakingActionNZ

December 22, 2014

Memories of MoMA

I loved the visit at MoMa last October - including fabulous Matisse cut outs exhibition!!!

December 13, 2014

Starting on the Rich, Middle Class and Poor project

Everybody's Lives, Acrylic on Canvas, 76 X 102 cm
The rich people live in multi-coloured villages on mountain for these reasons:

They have more money
They have more food
They choose what colour house they want
They see the sea and others from their house

The middle class people live in the brown village by the sea for these reasons:

 They see nothing but the sea from the only window they have
 They have to share home with other middle class people
 They only have a light or dark brown house
 They only have a medium amount of clean water from a well.
 They only have sea food and need to go out to the sea every day

The poor people live in the silver village for these reasons:

They have no clean water
They have no window
They have no nice view
They have no electricity
They only cook on fires

December 06, 2014

December 05, 2014

Tauranga Cottleston Gallery 5 December Opening night


Essay for Yaniv Janson's 'Bees In Trees' Exhibition. Cottleston Tauranga. 
By Katherine Steeds

Yaniv Janson's works 'Bees in Trees' are dominated by horizontal lines and blue and green open spaces. On his large square canvases, squared off mountains, ponds, and lollipop trees are arranged with an apparent na├»ve simplicity, yet closer contemplation reveals sophisticated size and placement choices which are used to create the illusion of great depth within the picture plane. Objects cut by the edges of the fames hint at what landscapes continue beyond, outside our view, but allow us to decide for ourself what they might hold.  Rubbed back acrylic textures also subtly suggest recession: areas of flat colour draw attention with almost a sense of relief to these small unevennesses, where the thick pigment has been applied then scrubbed off again to reveal the glow of ground beneath through the thinner colour.
People are here, implied by their outdoor furniture, windmills, and neat rows of vegetables and fruit trees, and they live compactly in tall apartment houses set in expansive parks and gardens. But they are never to be seen, for nothing moves, not even the bees which are hidden in their nests, hanging tidily like yellow and black lanterns in trees. Trees that grow in rows, on islands, singly on hills or flanking Janson's fairytale idealised world where the viewer's imagination can travel at its own pace, through half-remembered holidays and over lovely, gentle lands under clear bright skies. Quirky things might happen here. Castles are made of gold. And there is always time for picnics and long walks in green serene fields and leisure to enjoy the views that stretch almost unimpeded to the ever-present far horizontal sea's edge. The paintings evoke a tamed and farmed world in which the needs of people, plants and bees might exist co-exist in perfect harmony. Yet there are hints that all is not right, for example with that sea-level lapping alarmingly high on those tiny, funny little idyllic islands with their precious, golden homes.
Janson's large naive paintings from his 'Bees in Trees' series are unique. They look simple, yet are rich, worthy of contemplation, and worth getting lost in.

Finalist in the Artistic Achievement Attitude Awards!

See the 1 minute trailer about my nomination at: http://attitudelive.com/votable/yaniv-janson
[the following is only a screenshot]

Agora gallery visit - NYC!

It was fabulous to meet the staff at the Agora Gallery on the New York Highline... what a buzz!
This inspired me to start my Messy Earth collection!

Thank you Agora Gallery staff!!!

Short URL to this post: http://tinyurl.com/Messy-earth

October 04, 2014

By popular demand...

I have recently sold 3 paintings to the Wallace Arts Trust. So many people asked me about this, so I post here some photos: with Sir James and photos of the 3 works sold.

The art works sold:
1. Little Barrier Island, Acrylic on canvas, 76 X 76cm [exhibited at the Depot ArtSpace, Devonport]
2. Weather the storm, Acrylic on canvas, 76 X 76cm [exhibited at the Greenspace, Hamilton]
3. Snowy night at the gallery, Acrylic on unframed canvas, 70 X 120cm 

Looking forward to the 2015 Wallace Arts Trust emerging artists exhibition - Sir James said I'd be included in it!!!

September 04, 2014

Magical VIP Opening night at Experience Comvita

Oh what a buzz at the opening night and VIP event at Experience Comvita!!! Deepest thanks to the Experience Comvita team for making it happen and to the Board of Comvita New Zealand Limited for their support in this joint adventure!! 

Slide show here!

July 10, 2014

Beehives Hidden in Trees - Opening night

View the rest of the photos here

I have painted beehives as they are in nature, because I haven’t seen them shown in trees by other artists who mostly ​paint boxes on the ground​, kept by honey makers.

There is a great threat to bees in the wild, and I wanted to show what may be the last of the beehives hidden in trees, as they are in real life, in their natural environment.

We need bees for living. If we did not have bees then we would have no plants on earth with us.

Black and Yellow – it is interesting to see that the letters B and Y are the second from the start and finish of the alphabet.

Beehives Hidden in Trees - Opening night

Photos and film courtesy Ally Tiang

April 07, 2014

Disappearing islands

I got really inspired visiting the exhibition that Chris Charteris put together at the Mercury Art Escape!!!

The plight of the Pacific Islands drowning under water is too hard for words... that is why I paint about it...

In 2010 I painted these disappearing islands... how much harder do we need to shout before action is taken??

March 06, 2014

The In Bee Tween installation

Some photos of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival installation:

February 09, 2014

The In Bee Tween Project - Hamilton Gardens Art Festival 2014

By Brigid Allan

There is a certain amount of peace within Yaniv Janson's paintings, an emphasis on space, a quiet calm that envelops you as the observer from a not so common perspective.
A driven young artist, Janson has experienced success and recognition from the young age of 16. Now, as a 21 year old, Janson's last five years have seen him reach great levels of achievement. Exhibiting both internationally and throughout New Zealand, Janson approaches his goal of becoming a full time professional artist with a great amount of talent and dedication.
Janson's interest in the natural world, delicately directs his visual art to the unnerving importance of the invisible, this can be seen in Janson's, One minute Before the Tsunami. Here, a well attended garden is painted, the colours are vibrant and there is a quiet sense of summer life. This uncanny ability to portray innocent beauty in the face of potential terror or, a quiet calm in a time of environmental urgency is where Janson communicates his unique perspective best, the beauty of the ' suspended pause'.
In Bee Tween, Janson's current project for the Hamilton Garden Arts Festival 2014 was initiated by his fascination with the life of the bee. On talking to Janson, the first question he will ask you is, why are beehives predominantly portrayed as boxes? With the growing scarcity of the bee and the increased awareness of the vital nature of the bee Janson works towards 'changing the world one painting at a time'.                                                                           
Pushing his artistic vision into the three dimensional world of installation, Janson's aim is to communicate his environmental concern for the bee through three large steel framed paintings nestled in the trees, at the Hamilton Gardens Art Festival. 
The In Bee Tween project is on the Festival's website: http://www.hamiltongardensartsfestival.co.nz/performers/403-2-In-Bee-Tween

November 23, 2013

Depot Artspace Gallery Manager Interview

Cath graciously shares her thoughts about my October and November exhibitions at the Depot Artspace - what a space!

Cath O'Brien, Gallery Director, The Depot Artspace, Devonport comments on Yaniv Janson's recent exhibitions at the gallery.

November 11, 2013

ETCETERA - 16-21 November Depot Artspace Group Exhibition

Next exhibition at the The Depot Artspace is called Etcetera... http://depotartspace.co.nz/event/group-show-etcetera

Eight artists - My Tamaki Estuary painting was chosen for the poster! Calling all Aucklanders (again!) I'll be there 21 November afternoon.

November 06, 2013

Child Cancer Foundation Art Auction tonight

Here is the painting I donated for tonight's auction for the Child Cancer Foundation benefit... It is called Outside World Beautiful. Auction starting at 5:30pm at the office of Creative Waikato in Alexandra St. Hamilton.

See their Facebook post here.

October 31, 2013

After the exhibition opening

Relaxing in the hotel lobby and having some drinks with…


August 07, 2013

Waiheke Island commission!!!

Painting with a view from Waiheke Island... the painting was commissioned as a wedding present for a young couple who got married on the island looking at this view!!! Heartfelt congratulations:)

July 31, 2013

Haifa 2013 exhibition continues...

I am preparing to leave Haifa and have reconfigured the exhibition rooms after delivering the 7 paintings that were bought. Naamat Center is opened every day 9am-12:30noon, 67 Moriah Avenue, Haifa.

Here are some shots of the remaining paintings - contact me if you are interested in purchasing some.

July 24, 2013

Never been touched

Without Touch...
First I dropped many red dots and waited for them to dry, then I dropped many orange dots and waited for them to dry, then I dropped many yellow dots and waited for them to dry, then I dropped many green dots and waited for them to dry, then I dropped many blue dots and waited for them to dry, then I dropped many purple dots and waited for them to dry then then I did the same thing again with each colour another 5 times. 

July 23, 2013

Bee Hives painting

Bees are in great danger. Bee colonies are being decimated by viruses and possibly by the over use of pesticides. This problem, however, is not high up on the agenda of politicians. My mission is to raise public awareness on the plight of bees. To start with, let's raise their visibility.

Most people don't see bee hives... I search for them.

Bee Hives Acrylic on Canvas 76 X 76cm Yaniv Janson

July 19, 2013

Social media support boosts artist exhibition opening attendance!

The Facebook notice about my exhibition opening posted by the Alut Association attracted 213 shares and ~500 likes!!!
See https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=627673083919030&set=a.168949256458084.36622.142126569140353&type=1] click on the top right link called Top Comments and select "Recent Activity"

The statistics reported to the Page Manager (invisible to the wider public) are that the post reached a total of 17,600 people!!! This is amazing and yet another proof that the wider public is keen to support differently-abled artist when given the opportunity to do so.

If you haven't yet, please LIKE, SHARE and COMMENT!!!!

Exhibition opening photos below [Deepest thanks to our photographer Yaron Schwartz!!]

July 14, 2013

Thank you Naamat Organisation

Deepest thanks to Tami, Naamat Regional Director and Estie Casif for their support in organising the July exhibition!!!

Photo above: Tami Barak with me.

Photo below: Smadar and Nachum Chefner, who purchased the Floating Islands (photo below) on the opening night.

Six paintings sold on the first night!!!

July 12, 2013

Back to Haifa - Exhibition preview

More pics to come soon...

May 09, 2013

Pandora's box - Hastings Community Arts Centre

Photo of the opening night:

The exhibition is on in April - May 2012 in beautiful Hawkes Bay Hastings.

March 20, 2013

Crowded Heads Exhibition Opening Tues 26 March

I will exhibit some of my paintings in the "Crowded Heads: Exhibition at Auteur House, 555 Victoria St.!! 

If you cannot make it this time, you could always catch up at another one of my upcoming exhibitions:

Perspectives, The Big Event, ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane: 5 - 6 April 2013
Pandora's Box, Hastings Community Arts Centre: 21 April - 6 May 2013
New Zealand Landscapes, The Depot Artspace, Devonport: 24-31 Oct 2013

January 16, 2013

UNESCO resource

My book 'Changing the World - One Painting at a Time' has been nominated by UNESCO APAH (Asia Pacific Art Hub) as a teacher resource!
[Available: http://apah.info/newzealand/view.jsp?boardIdx=255&subsectionCd=4]

November 12, 2012

The last of my 22 New Zealand landscapes: Hamilton, Acrylic on Canvas, 76X76 cm.
The bridge leads on to the street that is called Bridge St and it crosses the Waikato river.

September 24, 2012

Fight child poverty!

Good on John Campbell and team for putting the pressure on the poverty issue when it is so easy to focus on "events"! Poverty is ongoing does not make the news otherwise.

My painting below is about how isolating and alienating poverty is - the day is long without sun...

John - I will donate the painting below for your team to auction it and raise both awareness and money for this cause.

Yaniv Janson, Fight Child Poverty! Acrylic on Canvas, 120 X 70cm

September 08, 2012

I really enjoyed the interview with Mackenzie and Shannon for their article in the Waikato Independent!  

April 04, 2012

Thinking about Houses of Rich and Poor people

In 2011 my French agent, Aude Fosset sold my "Houses of Rich and Poor" work. This painting represents the fact that people often get to buy houses according to their financial success... and so it is unfair that the rich people get the best opportunities, houses and views... In my painting there is a middle row from the top of the coloured houses to represent the fact that other than the two extremes of rich and poor, there should be more people in the middle row, second from the top... more fairness in the world!!!!