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Paintings by Janis Kirstein

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The Painting Journey Continues


Our painting Journey Continues with Nancy Hillis’ Studio Journey online abstract painting workshop. Her assignments help free up your expressive inspirations through exploration and self confidence. Growth emerges through experimentation. My own personal journey has opened up possibilities far beyond what I faced even weeks ago. Thanks Nancy!

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Collector’s Choice: Jane Davies’ New Exhibion


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Submerge yourself into a sea of dynamic visual poetry by abstract painting master Jane Davies. In Janes’s paintings, the world is true to nature in form and integrity. Images embrace the viewer with harmonious discourse of color, shape, line, texture and pattern, all orchestrated with an instinctual genius for proportion, movement and intuitive balance.

Take some time  to pull yourself away from today’s political world upheavals if only for a few moments. Change the scenery. Replace your television  with  these paintings by Jane Davies.

Change your life by changing your scenery .  Gaze at these amazing paintings. Change the world by changing the scenery in front of your eyes. You can change the world, beginning with your own world. And that is always the best place to start.

Let these paintings enter your vision and dance in your soul.

Written by Jan Kirstein, Painter

 

 

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Edgewater Gallery: “I have new framed pieces up at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, VT.,” says Jane Davies. “If you’re in the area I hope you’ll stop by. You can also purchase from their website, Take a look.

 

 

 

 

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JANE DAVIES
PAINTING + MIXED MEDIA
ARTIST STATEMENT

Formal elements are my first and foremost source of inspiration. I can be moved by a simple combination of color and line, or the relationships of shapes and edges, or the interplay between pattern and scale. I look at colors, textures and images out in the world as well: rocks, rust, surfaces affected by age, by marks of the human hand, by time and tides. But I also look at a lot of art in many mediums, and gorge myself on the infinite ways in which materials can be transformed into rich and expressive visual statements.
In my own art practice, focus on process is an essential component of developing work that feels authentic and personal. My process involves a back-and-forth play between spontaneous, intuitive mark-making, and careful deliberation and intention: I think of it as letting things happen, and making things happen. I make a move, and then the painting reveals something new to respond to. Each move changes the whole piece and sets up a new set of challenges. It takes practice and continued effort to stay present to this dialog and not get carried away by the desire for a quick result or an easy resolution. It requires trust in my own intuitive responses, and a willingness to not-know, to not have the route laid out like a road map.

 

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http://edgewatergallery.co/artists/jane-davies/

 

Visit Jane’s website:  http://www.janedaviesartgallery.com

 

Coming soon by Jane Davies:
New 100 Drawings: Starting October 4, 2017 – 10 interactive sessions online, find out more and register here.

 

 

 

On a more politically proactive note….Pink Postcards

 

 

 

 

 

 

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True Inspiration: Helen Frankenthaler


 

To honor and support the Women’s March in Washington D.C. this week, I am would like to give tribute to some of my fav painters who have inspired me for a lifetime. Today it’s Helen Frankenthaler.

 

 

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Helen Frankenthaler, Europa, 1957, Oil on unsized, unprimed canvas, 70 x 54 1/2 x 2 inches (177.8 x 138.43 x 5.08 cm) © 2016 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Abstract Expressionism
Royal Academy of Arts
September 24, 2016 – January 2, 2017
This long-awaited exhibition reveals the full breadth of a movement that will forever be associated with the boundless creative energy of 1950s New York.

Traveling to:
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
February 03, 2017 – June 04, 2017

 

Hartung and Lyrical Painters
Fonds Hélène & Édouard Leclerc pour la Culture, Landerneau, France
December 11, 2016 – April 17, 2017
The exhibition positions the work of Hans Hartung with artists of the 1950’s such as Georges Mathieu, Gérard Schneider, Hantaï, and international artists from subsequent decades, including Helen Frankenthaler.

 

Women of Abstract Expressionism
The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
October 22, 2016 – January 22, 2017
The groundbreaking exhibition Women of Abstract Expressionism celebrates the often unknown female artists of this mid-twentieth century art movement.

Traveling to:
Palm Springs Art Museum, CA
February 18, 2017 – May 28, 2017

Originated:
Denver Art Museum, CO
June 12 – September 25, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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A Little Plug for my Justice Collection by Janis Kirstein. To see more click here.

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Collector’s Choice: Anna Hryniewicz


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Anna Hryniewicz draws us into her colour fields by her vigorous, dramatic and energetic painting. I want to live in these colourscapes – whether they be landscape, mindscape, or heartscape. Once we had to travel to immerse ourselves in the experience of other visual art traditions; now the vibrancy of other traditions comes to us in the guise of an incoming generation of artists from other parts of the globe. Anna Hryniewicz is part of this new force which will invigorate and augment visual art culture on this island, in particular the practice of abstract painting.

Paula Meehan

 

 

 

Magda Snarska on the work of Anna Hryniewicz:

… The works of Anna Hryniewicz result from artistic considerations of the light problem in the picture. In her abstract compositions she makes an unusual record of light which constitutes a synthesis of her personal experiences. With great patience and inquiring mind she creates colorful compositions and in this way she presents her emotional and visual feelings by means of painting. The intensification of such a mature artistic ‘translation’ comes from the clear composing of colorful ranges in which the author moves with natural grace and intuition. Spontaneity of painting expression, deep sensitivity as well as humbleness in arriving at interesting solutions all determine the values of this painting. The meeting with her pictures is a journey through extraordinary lit up remote parts created on canvas thanks to great sensitivity and imagination of the author…’

Magda Snarska

 

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Artist statement:

I create art that resonates with my life and I hope it brings emotional experience that others will recognise in their own existence. As I struggle with life’s difficulties, loss, and defining who I am in the world I try to capture moments in time. This is how I feel the real beauty and flavour of life.

I have been painting abstract art since I obtained my MA in Fine Arts in 2004. But I have loved and leaned towards abstract ever since I can remember.

I create works that are about colour and line, I explore surface in search of light, gesture, space and motion. I have an open and dynamic practice, which doesn’t have a formula, it’s all about experimenting and looking for interesting solutions. Once I begin to paint the original idea evolves in unexpected way through a messy, intuitive process of collecting marks, traces lines and overpainted surfaces.

When I start painting I step into the “unknown” to discover something new, that I cannot plan beforehand. I am constantly looking for lines and colours that create evocative, emotional image. I draw and paint over until I feel the work is complete. Each piece becomes very personal and evolves through “chaos”, with marks and traces of the previous layer. I carefully decide which of them will stay, and which will go in order to let others exist.

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Biography:

Anna Hryniewicz born 1975 in Wroclaw, Poland.

Graduated with distinction from Wroclaw School of Music (Piano Performance);

and University in Poland (Art Education, Painting) and in 2004 received Masters in Fine Arts with distinction.

Alongside my painting work, from 2000 to 2007 I was a graphic designer in multimedia companies, and illustrator for children magazines, and a teacher of art and music.

I moved to Ireland in 2007 and until 2010 I worked with preschool children running creative art activities. From 2011 to 2015 I ran art sessions for adults and children with disabilities in Dublin.

But first and foremost I am a painter.

I was shortlisted for the Winner Prize Award in RUA RED 2015 Winter Open Show in Dublin, and my works can be found in private collections in Ireland, the UK and Poland, as well as in OPW Ireland’s public collection.

 

 

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Collector’s Choice: Rick Bennett


 

 

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“I think I do better painting when I’m calm, and meditation is definitely helpful for that. For me painting can be a kind of meditation in itself: not always, but the best painting sessions for me are when I’m totally focused on the process, and get into a completely intuitive state of mind. I don’t actually “think” about colors or brush marks or shapes, I just do it—or it just happens. Of course a lot of times painting can be frustrating and disappointing but for me the best times are the most meditative.”

Rick Bennett

 

 

 

 

Rick Bennett: About the Artist

 

Rick Bennett is a nationally known artist whose works reside in over one-hundred public, academic, corporate, and private collections as far west as Los Angeles and as far east as New York City. The artist’s paintings have received many national and regional awards including the Wiesberg award for realist painting and the Norman Kolhepp award for painting. Bennett has recently been chosen for the upcoming publication Indiana Artists of the 21st Century

 

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Selected Collections

 

Sidley, Austin, Brown, and Wood New York, NY.
College of Mt. St. Vincent, New York, NY.
Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, New Castle, PA.
Brown Forman Corporation, Louisville, KY.

 

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Dolgen Corporation, Atlanta, GA.
Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, Louisville, KY.
In Flux, Taunton, MA.
BellSouth Corporation, Louisville, KY.
Nanjing Academy of Fine Arts, Nanjing, China.

 

 

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Kosair Children’s Hospital, Louisville, KY.
Mallor Bordner and Miller, Bloomington, IN.
Ventas Corporation, Chicago, IL.
Aesthetics in Jewelry, Louisville, KY.
Mayan Gypsy, Louisville, KY.

 

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Ogden, Newell, and Welch, Louisville, KY.
Van Hoose and Associates, Lexington, KY.
Centre College, Danville, KY
Hanover College, Hanover, IN.
F.B.N. Productions, Lexington, KY.

 

 

 

To me, the common thread that holds all of Rick Bennet’s work together is an incredible sense of presence with the entire universe that prevails in each image or object, whether ceramic piece, oceanscape or pattern exploration. The unique quality of “Being There” rises through the quiet emergence of shifting light in translucent ripples of the ocean bed, in the repetition of seemingly simple patterns, in the harmonious curve of a clay vessel.

All of his work radiates a centeredness most uncommon in our collective human consciousness. This contemplative awareness, often elusive in our day to day existence is revealed in his work. So many of us rarely glimpse these moments of centered awareness in our lives often spent pursuing the frantic business of living.

If you take the time to slow down, and allow the work to enter your consciousness, you will be taken beyond space and time to a place of immeasurable inner peace.

Written by Janis Kirstein

I would like to give special thanks to Ric Bennett for allowing me to feature his art work on KIRSTEINFINEART.

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Collector’s Choice: Karine Leger


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Karine Leger

Karine Léger’s approach first involves the need to deconstruct in order to lay the foundations for an introspective reconstruction. In the studio, bits of torn and cut-up paper and photographs form a growing pile on the work table. Individual pieces from the pile will be meticulously selected for colour, texture and shape, to be arranged and rearranged, assembled and reassembled, in a quest for the right balance. Each of her paintings consists of simple clean lines and a restricted palette.

 

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Through the simplicity of her structures and the clarity of the forms, her paintings suggest a skyline or a geometric terrain. There are places where the line becomes mountain, where the gesture evokes the tide, a breath of time passing. The layers and monochrome touches add a profoundly moving dimension to these pieces.

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The work of Karine Léger is a pretext for a meeting of shapes and shades which seem to emerge from a hidden light source. It creates a contemplative space for the viewer to lose – or indeed find – themselves for a moment.


Looking at Karine Leger’s work is like taking a calming meander through the woods on a gentle path in earliest Spring when the weather is mild and the atmosphere is full of the subtle promise of emerging life. Her work brings back some of my earliest memories of my grandfather and I strolling through the Smokey Mountain woods rock hunting.

Janis Kirstein


Karine is having a solo exhibition at Exhibit by Aberson in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from June 16 to July 16. She will be coming all the way from Montreal, Canada to be at the opening on June 16.

She also has paintings available at Lanoue Gallery in Boston, MA.

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