STUDIO GENRE ARTISTS:
Born Jennifer Montreuil, Gen (changed to reflect her philosophy as a Taoist), is a self taught artist working creatively since she was a child. Always fascinated with the human form, Gen’s first outlet for her creativity was in the field of hair and makeup, gaining a reputation as a talented and creative stylist which eventually took her to America’s Film Industry Oscar Ceremonies as a stylist. As her fascination lay truly in working with the human form, it was only a matter of time before Gen began expanding her techniques in to creative body painting, no longer simply applying makeup to the face but now using the lines and curves of the entire human body as her canvas.
At the age of 27 Gen became interested in skydiving, immersing herself in to the sport with gusto. The freedom of flying through the air untethered was soon reflected in her paintings. After studying body casting, the artist was able to incorporate the exhilaration of skydiving with her love of the human body. The two became melded together in her painting technique, using cast figures and free form painting to create reflective works of the young artist’s personal journey.
"The key to abstraction is in diligent observation." Lari Pittman
As an adult who lives with Asperger’s, much of my social interaction has been learned through watching and mimicking others. This form of learning became a valuable tool during the height of my hair and make up career. It enabled me to see people in interesting ways, and taught me empathy, as well as compassion. My abilities to abstract people's actions and words into an image for their person, took me far in the world of fashion and hair. When I settled into my West end studio and began to take fewer clients, this same way of seeing people translated itself into my art work.