Jan Ollner, a painter based in Toronto Ontario explores the visual potential of figuration and abstraction. Ollner approaches painting with an intent to intervene, obfuscate, and distill his source images and negotiate the delicate balance he seeks. By treading a line in the studio between dissolution and resolution Ollner seeks a way to allow the subject matter of the paintings to become symbols or archetypes which reflect the psychology of human experience. The latest body of works are an exploration of this struggle to find solutions in the studio. Ollner holds a BFA from Concordia University.