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