Janie Samuels received her BA from Bennington College, Vermont after having returned from studying a year in Southern France. She returned to France to live and paint for another year, ultimately returning to New York City. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. ƒrom 1989-1994, she designed and built the sets and co-produced several plays written by her husband and two other playwrights for Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. She has had four solo exhibitions, the most recent at Artspace in Richmond, Virginia in 2009. She has been in over 80 group exhibitions in the United States and Southern France.
My work is simultaneously political and personal, universal and intimate. It captures a glimpse of a provocative or emotionally charged moment, and as such is either situational or narrative. The images, although derived from the media and personal photos, are intended to resonate on a more substantive level. The work is not literal, but rather the composition is dictated by formal pictorial concerns depicting, for example, movement or emotion.
The photographic gel transfer and oil on panel works are landscapes both urban and rural, an intimate portrait from every day life. The photographs are manipulated in Photoshop, printed, then transferred to panels, absorbed by the gel medium and the remaining paper stripped away. The panels are then painted.
The videos that accompany a few of the works are a result of the overwhelming desire to have the paintings breathe, to create a sense of movement, and of life. The videos are a flip book of sorts, a progression of the painting from its beginning to completion. For the observer, the movie acts as an insight into the artist’s choices. It becomes experiential and offers the observer an opportunity to see the evolution of the work. The videos are intended to be mounted on the wall and to play alongside the hung painting.
b. 1959, Canandaigua, NY
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY