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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
    10 x 10 inches

  • Fairway Tram and Lady Liberty
    2016
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel
    10 x 10 inches

  • Subway Guy
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel
    12 x 6 inches

  • Williamsburg Subway Platform
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel
    10 x 8 inches

  • 4th Ave F Train Platform, Park Slope, Brooklyn
    2016
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel
    8 x 10 inches

  • Wonder Wheel
    2016
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel
    10 x 10 inches

  • Parachute Jump, Coney Island
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel
    10 x 8 inches

  • Botanic Gardens
    2016
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel
    10 x 10 inches

  • Lily Pond, Botanic Gardens, Brooklyn
    2016
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel
    7 x 5 inches

  • Sunset, Red Hook
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel
    8 x 10 inches

  • Industry City, Brooklyn
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel
    10 x 10 inches

  • Sylvan Reservoir
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel
    10 x 8 inches

  • Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel
    10x 8 inches

  • Coney Island Reef, Brooklyn
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel
    10 x 8 inches

  • Prospect Park, Brooklyn
    2017
    Photo gel transfer and oil on panel
    10 x 8 inches

  • The Waiting Game
    2015
    Digital drawing and pencil on paper
    10 x 8 inches
    Immigrants waiting for asylum

  • We Are Men. Are We Not?
    2010
    Oil on canvas

  • No Words
    2011
    Oil on canvas

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

  • Helping Hands
    2010
    Oil on canvas

  • Hide and Seek
    2010
    Oil on canvas

  • Coney Island Getaway
    2009
    Oil on canvas

  • Silence Speaks
    2010
    pastel, charcoal on paper

  • A Late Night Chat
    2013
    Oil on canvas

  • Diner Duo
    2011
    Oil on canvas

  • A Final Embrace
    2010
    pastel, charcoal on paper

  • That Extra Something
    2009
    Oil on canvas

  • Sweet Tooth
    2011
    Oil on canvas

  • Caps
    2009
    Oil on canvas

  • American Dreamers
    2008
    Oil on canvas

  • Summer Play
    2011
    Oil on canvas

  • In Reflection
    2013
    Oil on canvas

  • Un Bistro a Paris
    2009
    Oil on canvas

  • Irish Jig
    2011
    Oil on canvas

  • Live a LIttle
    2013
    Oil on canvas
 








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