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Jan Phethean

Phethean is a painter based in West Cornwall. Her studio is based in the historic Salt Cellar Workshops, harbourside in Porthleven.
Her long career as an award winning muralist and architectural designer and led to an international career which began in the Lebanon. Large scale projects included VIP International Airport Lounges for Virgin Atlantic in the UK and the USA and the refurbishment of The Kensington Roof Gardens in London. Later her career diversified to include event design and installation. Her clients include Coca Cola, Lilt and the Notting Hill Carnival Trust.
She has had many installations exhibited including the Saatchi Gallery in London, the Eden Project Cornwall and the Natural History Museum, London.
Phethean moved to Cornwall in 2003 in order to paint full time.
Artist Statement:
“My work explores the patterns of nature and the inherent beauty of ancient field systems, their scale and place within our landscape. I use many layers of thin glazes to achieve a vibrancy of colour and overlay patterns to create depth and fractal imagery. In alI my work I celebrate the wonder of nature so precariously at odds with mankind”

Phethean is a member of the St Ives Society of Artists and the Association of British Naïve Artists.

‘ Phethean’s paintings reflect a sense of the sublime. As an alchemist strives for gold Phethean strives to express the intangible, trusting her emotional instincts her work is both aesthetically beautiful and intensely courageous’.