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Janie B Samuels

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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Born: Canandaigua, NY

Education: MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
BA, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
Independent Study, Sarah Lawrence College, Lacoste, France

Solo Exhibitions:

2009 Human Kind, Artspace, Richmond, VA, 3/27-4/19
2005 Janie Samuels: Too Close for Comfort, Monster Gallery, Brooklyn, NY,
1994 Images of the Spirit, Imaging Solutions Gallery, New York, NY, 2/4-3/18
1989 New and Selected Work, Gallery at LaBahn, Siegel et al, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions:

2017 Gowanus Artists, 313 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 10/15-11/30
Interactive, BWAC, Brooklyn, 9/23-10/15
2016 Roode Hoek, BWAC, Brooklyn, 5/7-6/12
2015 Face to Face, BWAC, Brooklyn 10/3-10/25
Summerscapes, BWAC, Brooklyn, 8/1-8/23
2014 Imagine This, BWAC, Brooklyn, 9/22-10/15
2013 Scapes, BWAC, Brooklyn, NY, 7/27-8/18
On the Waterfront,” BWAC, Brooklyn, NY, 5/11-6/16
2012 Coming to Brooklyn,” BWAC, Brooklyn, NY 9/22-10/21
Color,” BWAC, Brooklyn, NY 7/28-8/19
Celebrate 20,” BWAC, Brooklyn, NY, 5/13-6/17
2011 Breukelen,” BWAC, Brooklyn, NY 9/17-10/16
Convergence,” BWAC, Brooklyn, NY, 5/7-6/12
NY Art Show,” East Meadow Public Library East Meadow, NY, 3/6-4/1
NAL 81rst Annual Open Show,” National Art League, Douglaston, NY,
New Beginnings,” St. Francis College Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2/4-2/27
2010 Gallery West, Alexandria, VA, 2/3-28
2009 Cultural Arts Center, Douglasville, GA, 11/5-27
Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD, 9/13-10/10
AAC 6th Annual National Exhibition, Atlanta Arts Center and Gallery, Atlanta,
GA, 8/29-9/29
Westmoreland Art National Juried Exhibition,” Westmoreland County Cmmty
College, Youngwood, PA, 5/30-6/12
26th Juried Open Exhibition, Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, TX, 5/11-6/5
NAWA 120th Annual Exhibition, Salmagundi Art Club, New York, NY,
N.A.W.A. at 120,Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ, 3/6-8/30
Connections 5,George Segal Gallery, Montclair, NJ, 1/18-2/14
2008 In the News, Pen and Brush, New York, NY, 11/7-30
21 September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, VA,
LCAA National Juried Exhibition, LCAA, Strasburg, PA 6/8-7/17
Texas National 2008, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX,
4/5-5/18 (cat., illus.)
“The Political Show: Art About Politics and Social Change, North Santian
Hall Gallery, Albany, OR, 2/22-4/16
Generations 6, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY, 2/5-3/1
2007 Art Connections 4, George Segal Gallery, Montclair State Univ., Montclair,
NJ 11/27-12-5
N.A.W.A. 118 Annual Exhibition,” Monroe Center for the Arts, Hoboken, NJ, 9/9-9/30
16th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Art Institute & Gallery, Salisbury,
MD, 9/7-10/6
The Submissions Show,” Sarah Brown Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 6/8-7/15
Made in the U.S.A., the Blue Hill Cultural Center, Pearl River, NY, 6/8-11/30
Invitational Salan Exhibition of Small Works, New Arts Program, Lehigh
Valley and Burks, PA, 5/25-7/14
Moving Forward,Belskie Museum of Art and Science, Closter, NJ, 3/4-25
Manchester National Juried Fine Art Exhibition, 12 12 Gallery, Richmond,VA,
Anything Goes,” Sussex County Community College, Newton, NJ, 12/8/06-
2006 Exhibition for the Arts,12 12 Gallery, Richmond, VA, 6/23-7/23
Group Exhibition, Lancaster County Art Association, Strasburg, PA, 6/11-
“Womanhouse, too!“ Monster Gallery and the Brooklyn Lyceum, Brooklyn,
NY, 6/3-30
7th Annual Exhibition of Small Works,” New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA,
12 Contemporary Artists,” Monster Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 11/26/05-
2005 Art of Music,” Mills Pond House Gallery, James, NY, 7/23-8/27
Brush with Art-14th Havre de Grace International Juried Art Exhibition,”
Riverview Gallery, Havre de Grace, MD, 7/23-8/7
Group Show, Lancaster Art Association, Strasburg, PA, 6/19-8/6.
Women Shine Through, Art Harvest, Sacramento, CA, 2/10-3/15
1997 Urban Landscape, Daniel Peretz Gallery, New York, NY, 3/9-4/4
1994 Faculty Exhibition,92 Street Y Art Center, New York, NY, 9/18-10/18
1992 Social Studies, South Bay Contemporary Museum of Art, Torrance, CA,
Point of View,” Pleiades Gallery, 10th Annual Juried exhibition, New York,
NY, 6/17-7/5
Summer Talent Show, Tribeca Gallery, New York, NY, 7/13-9/10
1991 Religions-Rituals,” South Bay Contemporary Museum of Art, Torrance, CA,
1989 The Gong Show, Realart Inc., New York, NY, 7/13-9/10
The Twelfth Annual Exhibition,The Rhinecliff Library, Rhinecliff, NY, 6/12-
1988 Selected Artists,” Bruce Lurie Gallery, New York, NY, 9/20-10/18
The Contemporary Art Scene, The Emerging Collector, New York, NY,
1987 The New Formed Artists, Breezin Restaurant and Gallery, New York, NY,
1986 Annual Fall Exhibition,Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT,
MFA Show,Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY, 5/12-6/14
1985 Micro Wave,Now Gallery, New York, NY, 6/8-9/1
Womens Portraits, SVA Gallery, New York, NY3/26-4/11
Four Artists,SVA Gallery, New York, NY 1/12-2/14
1984 Selected Artists,Visual Arts Galleries, New York, NY, 12/5-12/27
Group Show, Bennington Arts Connection, New York, NY, 5/3-6/4

Publications: The City, The New York Observer, 3/9/97, unpaginated.
Morse, Stacey A., Stepping Out, The Beach Reporter, 8/13/92, p.36 illus.

Selected Private and Public Collections:

South Bay Contemporary Museum of Art, Torrance, CA
Ed Downe, Jr., New York, NY
Barney Rosenzweig, Los Angeles, CA
Bruce and Robin Spector, Culver City, CA

Related experience:

1999-2006 Studio Manager, Chuck Close Studio
1997-1998 Collections Manager, Nancy Graves Foundation
1995-1996 Studio Director, Nancy Graves Studio
1988-1994 The Assistant to Nancy Graves

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