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Jean Caffeine

Artist Statement

 According to my mom,  I was found drawing naked women after a visit to a museum at the age of five. When mom asked why I  replied, "That’s what you’ve got to do to get into a museum”. Still working often with the nude in large monotypes, I  work valiantly towards  my museum goal.

Lately,  l find myself moving away from the figure exploring rhythm, texture color and pattern. I integrate monotype, relief and pronto plate techniques with collage, watercolor, metal leaf, sewing and paper cutting to create mixed media pieces and accordion books.  Some piece are abstractions while the more playful images with animals are inspired by my work as a childrens' art teacher.  A year spent in Southeast Asia also served as a source of inspiration. 

I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas in Art Education and haved worked for many years as an art educator in both classrooms and art institutions. I was a guest artist at Taller Grafica Rueca in Mazatlan and I animated segments for Richard Linklater’s feature, "Waking Life”.  My work has been shown  in various group shows in North America and I have been featured in two person shows in Canada. Solo shows include the  Carriage House Gallery and PINK in Austin, Texas.

When not rolling a brayer, I might be found with a guitar in hand, writing songs, performing or just having a hootennany with friends.

Under an Elvis Moon in a Lotus Sky
Geckos in the Elevator
mixed media
Elephant Wedding
monoprint and collage
William and Cleo
Mostly Monotype
monoprint with collograph,gold leaf and hand painted elements.
Pronto plate, trace monotype, screenprint
Nos Adoramos
hand painted Monoptype, cut and collaged.
hand colored monotype an collage
mixed media
Dreaming of Lizards
Bonnie Dreaming of Lizards
Woman with Leeks, Flowering Kale, and Granny Smith
Funky Purple Pocket Book + Bob
Sunflower Sleep
Wat Kaek 1
Wat Kaek Mess Around