Lockett, Janette

  • "Just a Dream" Pastels on quality white art board, 27" x 39" Signed
  • "Murasaki" Pastels on quality white art board, 27" x 39" Signed
  • "Shamara" Pastels on quality white art board, 27" x 39" Signed
  • "Mito" Pastels on quality white art board, 27" x 39" Signed
  • "Khaled" Pastels on quality white art board, 27" x 39" Signed
  • "Yorik" Pastels on quality white art board, 27" x 39" Signed
  • "Gala" Pastels on quality white art board, 27" x 39" Signed
  • "Free" Pastels on quality white art board, 39" x 27" Signed
  • "Kasi" Pastels on quality white art board, 39" x 27" Signed
  • "La Manada" Pastels on quality white art board, 39" x 27" Signed

Janette Lockett was born in Yorkshire, England in 1963. Her passion for horses developed from a young age. Having found the perfect setting in Andalusia, Spain for her creative talent, Janette began her career as a self-taught equestrian artist and has had worldwide success with her work. Janette paints with pastels and has perfected a technique which is truly unique. Janette is an associate member of the Society of Equestrian Artists UK. Through the society, her paintings have sold at The Palace in Newmarket and at The Mall Galleries in London.

To view a Complete Gallery of Janette Lockett’s work, please click here.

Janette Lockett is also a resident artist at Galeria Tamisa, Mijas in Spain from where her paintings have been bought and shipped all over the world. Janette has held art exhibitions in many other parts of Spain including the Kempinski Hotel, Estepona; the Escuela de Arte Ecuestre Costa del Sol; the Don Carlos Hotel, Marbella; the Hipodromo Racecourse Mijas; Galeria Brisamar Marbella; the Riviera Gallery, Fuengirola.

Below is an appraisal of Janette’ s paintings by Branka Berberijan (Art critic and journalist).

The Dream of Freedom

Since time immemorial, (remember the Altamira cave paintings in Northern Spain), artists have always felt a vigorous fascination with horses. The horse is a prototype so highly respected in the world of mythology and to which several civilizations have attributed supernatural gifts. Moreover, horses bring to mind a variety of symbolic meanings: for some, they evoke the cyclic motion of life; for others, those cosmic energies arising from primeval chaos; and for a few, white and black horses remind them of the dichotomy of life – death …

For Janette, the horse, this beautiful animal, is the idyllic and utopic dream of freedom, (unobtainable in the real world) yet which is expressed by the artist through her unique method of painting.

She paints the outline of her subject matter as if it were a true reproduction of the horse. Then, Janette softens the sharpness of the image with chalks treated with water. She achieves an extremely fine style with this esfumato which in turn reduces the object of her inspiration into the idea itself in a purely platonic way.

Moreover, the plain white background with no detail added and no chromatic treatment, allows the horse to stand out in all its spleandour. Its magicaal beauty is also portrayed by concentrating on just one principal colour from which the artist derives with exceptional sensitivity a whole spiral of different hues and shades. This gives the work, not only an aesthetic purity, but also a poetic and semantic feeling converting the painting into an artistic study about the relationship between realism and idealism.

Janette Lockett’s horses do not have riders and neither are they static. The author captures with great ease the agility and elegance of her subject matter in movement, whether it be a horse rearing or a herd galloping, always with their manes and tails flying freely through the air, which in turn gives the painting a dynamic vitality and brings the horse or horses to life.

However, the greatest artisitc care may be seen in the depth and beauty of the animal’s eyes. It seems as if, when you look at them closely, there is a search for that enigmatic point around which radiates the essence of the horse’s beauty.

Janette Lockett’s art, which originates from her intuition and follows a path leading to enviable intellectual levels, is a marvellous expression of her inner world of fantasy and dreams, but yet filled with artistic strength giving shape to her ideas and thoughts. At the same time, her unique artistic expression is a formidable contribution to the place of privilege which the horse holds in the history of art.