Jane Fine


Jane Fine

Jane Fine has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for over 20 years. Her work is represented in New York by Pierogi Gallery. She is a graduate of Harvard University and a recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment of the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. She has been a resident at The Cité Internationale des Artes in Paris, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo and The Millay Colony.


Located on the border between figuration and abstraction my paintings and drawings are like thrift shops in a battle zone. The specific nature of each piece is determined by a mash-up of painterly technique including vigorous brushwork, delicate marker lines, areas of flat color, and glossy pours of multi-colored acrylic paint. Sampling from the painters’ buffet, I am sometimes mimicking an anxious Pollock while at other times I feel like my Grandmother, caressing a surface with line as if embroidering the family’s tablecloths. I insist on making work that is fiercely hand-made and physically improvised. Each painting is a perfect storm, impossible to recreate. Slowly worked, with no formula, no recipe and no predetermined state they are generous with detail and operatic in complexity. Using painterly invention as a sign for optimism, the creative battles are redemptive and the work strives to be celebratory. These are junk heaps at the end of an empire, still recyclable into one last optimistic view of America.


b. 1958, New York, NY
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

  • 1980Harvard University, BA
  • 2013Fatty Was an Angel, The Front
  • 20122012, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1990Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY
179 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Studio tours are possible after January 2014. I'm in the middle of a studio renovation now.