Jan Dilenschneider Solo Exhibition
City: Paris
Duration: 2018-07-05 ~ 2018-07-28
Venue: Pierre-Alain Challier Galerie
Address: 8 rue Debelleyme 75003 Paris
Participating Artist(s): Jan Dilenschneider

The artist Jan Dilenschneider, who has acquired an international reputation through her exhibitions, and her philanthropy paints nature on a large scale. In every season, from summer heat to unexpected storms, the landscape surrounding her studio on Long Island Sound is her main source of inspiration.

Disconnected from the fluctuations of fashion and what is in favor on the international art market, Dilenschneider pursues her aesthetic explorations in the tradition of expressionist painters. She shakes up conventional proprieties by blending color and form.

Her paintings go beyond faithful depictions of reality. Through shape, texture and hue, her works express feelings, conveying a vibrancy to be fathomed.

By reinterpreting her vision of reality, by sublimating it, Dilenschneider elicits a reaction, perhaps a questioning, a certain disquiet.

While displaying clear harmony, her paintings could be the set of a stage on which a play’s final act unfolds in a world that is resplendent, yet in danger of imminent destruction.

“By displaying this Connecticut landscape—a leaf close up, grass dancing in the breeze, blue skies mirrored in crystal-clear streams, silhouettes of old trees in fields—I wanted to help protect the splendor around us so that future generations can likewise love it and make the most of it” Jan Dilenschneider explains.

The two key aspects of her work are COLOR and GESTURE. It has a pulsing regularity that concentrates the passion and sentiment that drive the artist. She begins each painting with a sweeping brushstroke that imprints her energy onto the canvas.

Her motions are swift and powerful. Setting brushes aside, she also uses scrapers and sometimes dives into the image with bare hands soaked in pigments to add, to blur and blend in, or to erase, altering the texture, magnifying its contrast and density.

Her scenes captivate eyes that know how to glimpse this energy and depth of vision.

The colors evoke joyfulness, drawing attention to the unique color combination. When hues are juxtaposed and mingle, they begin to dazzle, almost insolently, and intensify the visual impact.

“I look into a scene to see color that no one else sees and I add it, or I modify color or enhance it to suit my artistic vision. I might choose a green against a violet or an intense blue against a yellow. Then I ask myself “Can I hear the color sing”?

She exhibits her large-scale works in ‘pairs’—in diptychs—or in triptychs. Executed simultaneously, they have the same energy, but can also be separated. She has recently been exploring the verticality of triptychs. A different kind of energy brings these paintings to life, but the vitality is ever-present: that power and brightness that make each of her depictions radiate.

Dilenschneider is influenced by the works of American landscape painter, Thomas Cole who sought “the sublime melting into the beautiful, the savage tempered by the magnificent”

As a forerunner of modern ecological concern, he wrote in his manifesto “the beauty of such landscapes is quickly passing away, the most noble scenes are made desolate. Another generation will behold spots, now rife with beauty, desecrated by what is called improvement; which, as yet, generally destroys Nature's beauty without substituting that of Art” Essay on American Scenery(1836)

Jan Dilenschneider adds: “Artists have a considerable responsibility for raising public awareness of the issues facing today’s society. These issues concern environmental matters in large part, in the same way as they concern global political imbalances and attacks on freedom of expression.

I think art can play an effective role in these areas and bring positive change to restore hope.

Yes, art can save the beauty of the world and protect nature. If words could say everything, we wouldn’t need painters!”

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jan Dilenschneider has always lived in an environment devoted to art and culture. She grew up in Upper Arlington and graduated from The Ohio State University.

She has exhibited her paintings not only throughout the United States but in Europe, too.

They now form part of private and public collections in New York, London and Paris.

Exhibitions giving pride of place to her works have also taken place in American museums, including the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in the heart of Connecticut, the cradle of American Impressionism, the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University, and Lockwood Matthews Mansion Museum.

Her work attracted significant attention at the Art Paris Art Fair in Grand Palais and at the Monaco Art Fair in 2016.

The year 2018 will see her exhibit in Columbus, Ohio, at the Griffin Gallery at Creekside, and also marks her return to Paris, at the Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier, where the public has always welcomed her enthusiastically

Jan Dilenschneider is dedicated to environmental protection through her paintings and patronage initiatives.

She launched with a group of generous contributors the JANET HENNESSEY DILENSCHNEIDER SCHOLAR RESCUE PROGRAM IN THE ARTS. This program is administered by the Institute of International Education. It brings help to threatened scholars of the visual, performing, or literary arts.

About this initiative, Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider says, “Artists have the right—and maybe the obligation, because they have the platform—to make a social/political statement about the world they live in. Many artists and art scholars put their lives in danger doing this.”

It is the only program for rescuing talented artists and their families that are endangered by political turmoil in their own country. They are brought to a safe place to continue their artistic career.


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