These sculptures arose from the world of legends. Japanese, Celtic and those of the Native Americans have been a rich resource for imagery. The folk tales deal with the common themes of temptation, love, good and evil. These are issues that transcend cultures and time.

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Welcome to Legendary Art

Hand built from clay slabs each piece is unique. Using a wide range of clay and glazes I let the fire of the kiln make the final touches of color and expose the organic nature of the clay. I love to place my legendary figures in the garden setting. The stoneware clay holds up well for garden art. Please join me in the retelling of these ancient legends of heroes, Goddesses and the struggles of the common man.

Spring 2011

It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

Legendary Figures

Additional Works

Artist Statement

"Coyote stood facing the monster of the Columbia River, armed with the five knives." I told the people at the Sapporo Museum of Modern Art" in Japan. Coyote stood next to me in stoneware clay carrying his knives in a basket of the Chinook natives. Six months earlier I had been teaching k-12 in Scappoose OR how to make turtles in clay while telling them about "Taro Urishima" the Japanese man who caught a turtle in his net and ended up falling in love.

I have worked with clay and taught children for over 20 years. I use a wide range of clays to create my sculptures. A Japanese kimono flows in porcelain; cedarbark robe of dark stoneware clay wraps a Chinook Native American. I have always been mesmerized by the ability of clay to absorb life, transferring the smallest detail. The textured slabs simplify the form emphasising the dramatic lines and curves of the sculpture. The glazes seek out the texture and are influenced by the color of the clay itself guiding our eye to every detail.

My sculptures have a tale to tell. Rich in texture you see traces of the artist's hands, inspiration made visible.

JAN RENTENAAR
LEGENDARY ART
58145 N MORSE ROAD
WARREN, OR 97053

Our Philosophy

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.

Education

  • 1998 – 2004 Hipbone Studios – Jeff Burke Portland, Oregon – Life Drawing, Sculpture
  • 1973 – 1977 The Evergreen State College Olympia, Washington – Bachelor of Liberal Arts
  • 1972 – 1973 Pacific NW College of Art Portland, Oregon – Various Artistic Studies
  • 1969 – 1972 Oregon School of Arts & Crafts Portland, Oregon – Metalwork, Ceramics
  • 2011- Yoshihko Yoshida master clas.

Galleries

  • International Bonsai Mirai
  • Japanese Garden Gift Shop – Portland, OR
  • Lee's Orientals – Clatskanie, OR
  • White Bird Gallery – Cannon Beach, OR
  • Entre Nous - Lafayette, LA
  • McKornees – Butte, MT
  • Lofted Lair – Saint Helens, OR
  • Falcon Crest – Eagle Crest Resort, OR
  • The La Haina Gallery – La Haina, HI
  • The Pacific City Gallery – Pacific City, OR
  • William's Gallery Port Townsend, WA.

Professional Associations

  • Oregon Advocates for the Arts
  • Oregon Potters Association
  • Oregon State University Master Gardener Program
  • Pacific Northwest Bamboo Society
  • Women's Caucus for Arts
  • The Gallery at the Columbia Technology Center
  • American Craft Council

Artist in Residence

  • 2009 Lot Whitcomb Elementary School
  • 2008 ST Helens High School
  • 2007 ST Helens High School
  • 2004 Warren Elementary School
  • 2003 Grant Watts Elementary School
  • 2002 Peterson Elementary School

Public Art

  • 2009 Ceramic mural "Lot Whitcomb School"
  • 2004 Senator Betsy Johnson purchased "Coyote"
  • 2003 Proposal for "Lewis & Clark Trail"

Exhibitions & Commission

  • 2010"Behind the Shoji Screen" Portland Japanese Garden, OR
  • 2010 Featured Artist, "White Bird Gallery", Cannon Beach OR
  • 2010 Oregon Potters Assoc. "Ceramic Showcase"
  • 2009 "The Sapporo Museum of Modern Art" Hokaido Japan
  • 2008 Commissioned sculpture for Nancy Martin Los Gatos CA
  • 2008 Featured Artist Williams Gallery Port Townsend WA
  • 2008 Portland Japanese Garden Show "Behind the Shoji Screen"
  • 2008 Featured Artist "Sacagewa Center".
  • 2008 Featured Artist "Columbia Center Gallery, ST Helens OR
  • 2008 Oregon Potters Assoc. "Ceramic Showcase" Portland OR
  • 2007 Photo of "Miser of Nisqually" published in book by Al Lyons
  • 2007 "Ceramic Showcase" Portland OR
  • 2007 "Celebration of Creativity" Stark St. Studio
  • 2007 "Behind the Shoji Screen" Portland Japanese Garden
  • 2006 "Ceramic Showcase" Portland Convention Center, Portland, OR
  • 2006 Washington Thoroughbred Equine Art Show Kent, WA
  • 2006 Featured Artist "Gallery at The Columbia Center" Saint Helens OR
  • 2006 The Portland Japanese Garden Summer Show, Portland OR
  • 2006 Stark Street Studios NCECA Show, Portland OR
  • 2005 "Emerald Downs" Equine Art Show Second Place, Kent WA
  • 2005 "Oregon Home" Magazine, Portland, OR
  • 2005 "Ceramic Showcase" Portland Convention Center, Portland OR
  • 2004 Featured Artist "Lewis & Clark Garden" Expo Center, Portland OR
  • 2004 "Behind The Shoji Screen" Portland OR
  • 2004 Oregon Potter's Assoc. "Ceramic Showcase" Portland, OR
  • 2003 "Berry Botanical Society" Garden Art Show Dunthorp, OR
  • 2003 Featured Artist "Geijetsu" juried show, The Portland Japanese Garden
  • 2003 Featured Artist, "Home and Garden Show". Portland OR
  • 2003 Seattle Gift Show, Seattle WA
  • 2003 Oregon Potter's Association. "Ceramic Showcase" Portland OR
  • 2002 Finalist, "National Bonsai Society" Bonsai Pot Competition. WA DC
  • 2002 Photo in "American Craft " Magazine
  • 2002 "Pinot Noir Celebration" McMinnville, OR
  • 2002 Featured Artist "White Bird Gallery" Cannon Beach, OR
  • 2002 "Interior Show" The Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, OR
  • 2001 Featured Artist, Triad Gallery, Seal Rock, OR
  • 2001 Carnegie Center Art Gallery, Oregon City, OR
  • Exhibits prior to 2001 available upon request

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