Janice McNab(Aberfeldy, 1964)
Scottish born painter Janice McNab stands out for her quietly startling images of feminine experience. Drawing from the food, clothes and detritus of her daily life, the artist skilfully transforms material she calls ‘the skin of the world’ into oil paintings rich in suggested bodies. Whether small studies or large works on canvas, these paintings are known for their stillness and depth, and for compositions that shimmer with art historical references, but they also ring with life. In seeking to recognise herself in animated ephemera – in ice cream, plastic wrappers, a scarf – the artist is creating an ongoing body of work that traces a woman’s constant negotiation with external definition.