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Janie B Samuels
BROOKLYN, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: My paintings are simultaneously political and personal, universal and intimate. It is often humorous and ironic, emotional, sometimes challenging, but always inviting. My work has been and always will be about "humanity," which is increasingly relevant, as we become more inured to and inundated with technology which often desensitizes us and distances us from human interaction.The work captures a glimpse of a provocative or emotionally charged moment, and as such is either situational or narrative. Something happened before the depicted scene and something will happen after, the work being the key to both. I believe, like Kandinsky, that color and form have inherent expressive qualities. Like Matisse, I am interested in how color, pattern and form break down abstractly. This contradiction of expressive and formal qualities is fundamental to the work. I use line to convey movement and to reaffirm the linear aspect of the canvas. Some of the imagery is modeled to create the illusion of volume. Other areas are comprised of highly hued flat blocks of color. The image works narratively and abstractly and has an intrinsic balance of form and content. The videos that have developed from the paintings are a result of the overwhelming desire to have the paintings breathe, to create a sense of movement, and of life, a kind of flip book. They also document the choices I make and the progression of thought, chronicling my choices. As for the observer, the movie acts as an insight into those choices. It becomes experiential and offers the observer an opportunity to see the evolution of the work. One no longer has to ask the artist about the choices made, one sees them. The artist is exposed. The videos are intended to be mounted on the wall and to play alongside the hung painting. The most recent development in my work is photographic gel transfer and oil on panel works. These grew out of my interest in manipulating both my drawings and photographs on the computer and reworking them by hand in pastel or oils. The subject are landscapes both urban and rural, an intimate portrait from every day life. The photographs are manipulated in Photoshop, printed and transferred to panels, absorbed by the gel medium and the remaining paper stripped away. The panels are then painted and varnished.
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  • Lady Liberty's Torch
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel

  • Fairway Tram and Lady Liberty
    2016
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel

  • Subway Guy
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel

  • Williamsburg Subway Platform
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel

  • 4th Ave F Train Platform, Park Slope, Brooklyn
    2016
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel

  • Wonder Wheel
    2016
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel

  • Parachute Jump, Coney Island
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel

  • Botanic Gardens
    2016
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel

  • Lily Pond, Botanic Gardens, Brooklyn
    2016
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel

  • Sunset, Red Hook
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel

  • Industry City, Brooklyn
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel

  • Sylvan Reservoir
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel

  • Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel

  • Coney Island Reef, Brooklyn
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel

  • Prospect Park, Brooklyn
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel

  • The Waiting Game
    2015
    Digital drawing and pencil on paper
    Immigrants waiting for asylum

  • We Are Men. Are We Not?
    2010
    Oil on canvas   48 x 64 inches

  • No Words
    2011
    Oil on canvas   57 x 57 inches, overall

  • Waiting in Limbo
    2013
    Oil on canvas   24 x 30 inches

  • Helping Hands
    2010
    Oil on canvas   20 x 24 inches

  • Hide and Seek
    2010
    Oil on canvas   34 x 30 inches

  • Coney Island Getaway
    2009
    Oil on canvas   24 x 48 inches

  • Silence Speaks
    2010
    pastel, charcoal on paper   22 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches

  • A Late Night Chat
    2013
    Oil on canvas   24 x 48 inches

  • Diner Duo
    2011
    Oil on canvas   14 x 18 inches

  • A Final Embrace
    2010
    pastel, charcoal on paper   15 x 11 inches

  • That Extra Something
    2009
    Oil on canvas   48 x 40 inches

  • Sweet Tooth
    2011
    Oil on canvas   40 x 20 inches

  • Caps
    2009
    Oil on canvas   34 x 20 inches

  • American Dreamers
    2008
    Oil on canvas   48 x 70 inches

  • Summer Play
    2011
    Oil on canvas   57 x 57 inches, overall

  • In Reflection
    2013
    Oil on canvas   36 x 24 inches

  • Un Bistro a Paris
    2009
    Oil on canvas   30 x 40 inches

  • Irish Jig
    2011
    Oil on canvas   30 x 40 inches

  • Live a LIttle
    2013
    Oil on canvas   26 x 65 inches
 








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