Yaniv's new development: what can 22 test pots do on a canvas? 

The reason why I created this series of works is because I wanted to see how much of the canvas I could cover without using a paint brush. The aim was to pour the colours separately on the canvas without mixing them. It was an experiment to see how much of the white canvas I can cover by just tilting it in many kinds of ways. The reason why I poured 22 whole Resene test pots is because 22 is my favorite number and my favorite birthday was my 22nd birthday. This work is part of an experimental project exploring different movements and drawing from everyday life experiences of blowing, throwing, dripping, splattering and pouring.

For the first work in this collection, I searched for my earliest transformational experiences – when as a young child I watched batter meeting the hot surface and transforming into yummy pancakes. My investigation of how blobs of acrylic act as a medium in reacting with the fabric as they spread over the canvas, letting the pancakes of paint form, is located within the expressive abstract movement.

Deepest thanks to Resene who sponsored this project.

Please Do Touch Projects

The Please Do Touch series of installations were launched in Paris in October 2017 and then traveled to New York for the June 2018 United Nations exhibition. More details here.

Pondering about the sustainability of today's actions... Yaniv's first 2 paintings for the PLEASE DO TOUCH project.


July Exhibitions!! See Calendar for more details

the yaniv janson project from the human rights commission

The Human Rights Commission launched the Yaniv Janson Project ( It will publish one article per month about my work on its website and via its social media. To be followed!

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rich and middle class and poor collection

Yaniv conceptualised painting this series of works in 2011 when he began thinking about everyone's lives in the context of their socioeconomic status. He wanted to show the difference between the rich, middle class and poor by painting how they lived and how they felt about this.

This collection of paintings show how rich people have more of everything. They have more details and show the many options that the rich have - in the views they look at, the colours they use in their own homes etcetera. The poor are depicted to live in houses that are black, with no windows and no views. Their choices, future and happiness seem bleak. Meanwhile, the middle class sit squarely between the rich and the poor - having less choice than the rich but more options than the poor.

Here is a selection of images from this collection which is currently in progress.


Yaniv travels to schools and organisations to raise expectations around the contributions that can be made by people with disabilities. He knows from first hand experience that families and carers just need to meet people who have demonstrably achieved their dreams - to be inspired by the energy and happiness derived from meaningful engagement.

The project focuses on discussions that are constructive and provides inspirational dialogues on what can be done immediately, with resources at hand to engage disabled people and to tap into their deep desire to participate and contribute. The outcomes of these engagements inspire people to take action and create change in their organisations and families. 

By meeting with New Zealand art educators, community builders, families and support staff, Yaniv is furthering his mission - to encourage every disabled person to find and follow their own unique passions. Click on the title to navigate to the Taking Action Project website for more information.