At first glance, one might think Jen Mann’s work is photography, but on closer inspection the viewer is pleasantly surprised to see that the Canadian artist carefully paints each portrait, using oil paints in order to carry out her hyperrealistic style. While Jen Mann paints shockingly realistic portraits, there is always an element in her work that contrasts with her hyperrealism – her color palette.
Mann uses bright and fluorescent colors to create each person, allowing the viewer to feel transported to another world that is full of brightness and beauty. Mann constantly uses shades of pink, blue, orange, and sometimes green – in order to juxtapose warm and cool colors. Not only do the colors allow for an incredible visual experience, but they also allow the viewer to reflect on the portrait’s personality and feelings. Mann allows her audience to reflect on the painting’s human characteristics in her series Self Absolved (2015-16) and Q&A (2013-14), by adding words to some of her paintings. The pairings of written word and visual imagery allow for an experience that encompasses not just visual senses, but provokes through as well.