Introducing Chloe Gallery, San Francisco

San Francisco has long been one of my favorite cities and this is why I am so thrilled to share with you a wonderful gallery in an equally wonderful city!
Situated near the Embarcadero, Chloe Gallery is bustling with energy, views of the Golden Gate Bridge and of course, you can't miss that enchanting ocean breeze and opportunity for some fantastic sea food.
Step inside the gallery and you will find abundant talent from all over the world. A gallery worth the visit next time you are in the Bay Area.
Today, I said goodbye to these paintings available at Chloe Gallery.

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 "Gate To Grand Cru"©, 24" x 24" Acrylic on Multi-Panel Acrylic

"Gate To Grand Cru"©, 24" x 24" Acrylic on Multi-Panel Acrylic

 "Song Birds"©, 32" x 26" Acrylic on Multi-Panel Acrylic

"Song Birds"©, 32" x 26" Acrylic on Multi-Panel Acrylic

 "Take It Easy"©, 16" x 16" Acrylic on Multi-Panel Acrylic

"Take It Easy"©, 16" x 16" Acrylic on Multi-Panel Acrylic

 "Tracing Clouds"©, 23.5" x 23.5" Acrylic on Multi-Panel Acrylic

"Tracing Clouds"©, 23.5" x 23.5" Acrylic on Multi-Panel Acrylic

 "Scattered Light"©, 36" x 35" Acrylic on Multi-Panel Acrylic

"Scattered Light"©, 36" x 35" Acrylic on Multi-Panel Acrylic

SEE YOU SOON SAN FRANCISCO!!!

















Creighton Block Gallery and New Abstract Mixed Media Paintings

I'm pleased to announce new gallery representation in Big Sky, Montana!
Here is the ad that will be in Mountain Outlaw Magazine...

 

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Five Newly Released Abstract and Mixed Media Paintings
ALL SOLD!

 

8" x 8" Mixed Media and Multi-Layered Acrylic Paintings
MORE TO COME!

 


SAVE THE DATE!!!

A Decade of Art - Woodbury Art Museum
Opening Reception May 15, 7-9PM, Orem, UT
In conjunction with
Art of Our Century a juried exhibition

Many thanks to my generous collectors for loaning me their collected works for this ten year retrospective!


Current Exhibitions

Springville Museum of Art, 94th Annual Spring Salon, Springville, UT, April 25 - July 7
"Me and My Friends", 40" x 40" Acrylic on Multi-Layered Acrylic Glass



Desire Lines, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City - Until May, 26.
   "The Line Up", 27" x 33" Acrylic on Multi-Layered Acrylic Glass

       
                                           

SAVE THE DATE!!! A Decade of Art at the Woodbury Art Museum


Upcoming - A Decade of Art - Woodbury Art Museum! 

A Brief Review of the Out West Art Show and Sale...


SAVE THE DATE!!!

A Decade of Art
May 15, 7-9PM, Artist Opening Reception, Woodbury Art Museum, Orem, UT
In conjunction with Art of Our Century a juried exhibition

Many thanks to my generous collectors, in advance, for allowing me to borrow nearly 95% of the work making up this ten year retrospective.

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A Brief Review...
The Out West Art Show and Sale was a success!
 
SAVE THE DATE! I will be back again next year in Room 262, March 20 - 23, 2019, Great Falls, MT. 
Come see some one of the largest gatherings of western and contemporary artists.

Along with all of the wonderful sales and patronage, I am excited to announce in the very near future, new gallery representation!
 

I was delighted to see "Sublime Walden" find a home at the beach!

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"Sublime Walden", 32" x 32" Acrylic on Multi-Layered Acrylic


"Tangerine" was collected by some new admiring fans during the C.M. Russell Museum Auction.
Live auctions of any artists work will always be a nail biting experience for the artist!

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"Tangerine", 20" x 18" Oil on Linen


"Watching Clouds Go By", one of my few remaining oil paintings, also found a home thanks to Terakedis Fine Art in Billings, MT!

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"Watching Clouds Go By", 55" x 60" Oil on Houndstooth Linen


It is always fun to see a new collector discover my work and in this case she is from Great Falls, MT so, this little painting didn't have far to travel. What a wonderful cultural opportunity the Out West Art Show and Sale has offered its residents all of these years!

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"Rockin' The 80's", 8" x 8" Acrylic on Multi-Layered Acrylic
 


Current Exhibitions

Desire Lines, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City - Until May, 26.

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"The Line Up", 27" x 33" Acrylic on Multi-Layered Acrylic Glass

ArtFoodHome.com Blog Post - Featured Artist

Many thanks to Barbara Stroud for finding my art online and being inspired by my work! It is always a wonderful feeling when people admire my work enough to hang it in their home. It is equally amazing when someone chooses to take the time to write about my work for the simple pleasure of sharing their joy with others.

That Barbara is inspired by my work reminds me that so are many others and, that is a gift and an honor. Thank you for enjoying the work that my heart and soul creates! Here's to creating many more paintings that inspire and bring light and joy into the lives of others!

Feature Exhibition, Trove Gallery, Park City, UT

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New contemporary work available! 

Dimensional. Sculptural. Kinetic. Living Art.



It would be a great honor if you could join me in the celebration opening night
Friday February, 23 from 6-9PM.

Make a night of it in the fresh mountain air!
Book your dinner reservations today. 

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ARTIST STATEMENT

My paintings are an investigation of the intersection of traditional landscape imagery and modern ideas about painting and color. In my practice, I attempt to reconcile my personal history as an art-maker, as well as the tradition of landscape painting, with a contemporary art practice that borrows more specifically from a language of Modernism—specifically in regards to mid-century conversations about painting.  Incidentally, both genres at work in my practice (abstraction and landscape) have a tradition of exploring ideas about the Sublime—Romantic and Modern—respectively. 

While my subject matter draws heavily from landscape, my process and true exploration is about painting in a Modern sense. My brush strokes become objects that hold their own presence. The colors and layering I use both create the illusion of space and undermine it in the proverbial push-pull of abstract painting.  The interplay between light and shadows cast upon the many layers ads to the sculptural interpretation while also creating ‘living’ paintings that appear kinetic, interacting with the natural environment. The purpose of the layering of a transparent painting surface is to raise the stakes; the points of depth are deeper and the points of flatness are flatter. The increased depth and complication of flipping the surface back and forth and layering it multiple times is a demonstration of the mastery of the material as well as a device to push the boundaries of the flatness/depth dichotomy in every painting. My paintings are at once paintings and sculptures and they are at once landscapes and quite the opposite of that—something acrylic and manufactured that is more reflective of contemporary culture.  


Current Exhibitions


Desire Lines, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Salt Lake City - Until May, 26

   

 "The Line Up", 27" x 33" Acrylic on Multi-Layered Acrylic Glass

"The Line Up", 27" x 33" Acrylic on Multi-Layered Acrylic Glass

       
                                                       
Square One: Helper Artists of Utah, Finch Lane Gallery
Salt Lake City, UT - Until February 23.

   

 "Me and My Friends, 40" x 40" Acrylic on Multi-Layered Acrylic Glass

"Me and My Friends, 40" x 40" Acrylic on Multi-Layered Acrylic Glass


Upcoming Exhibition



Woodbury Art Museum, UVU, Art of Our Century: Janell James, Spotlight Artist
May 10 - July 14, Orem, UT

See my painting at the Desire Lines Exhibition, Opening January 26 at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art!

I am excited to announce my participation in Desire Lines, Opening Today...
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art!

RSVP with me personally to attend the VIP/Member Reception from 5-7PM

 "The Line Up", 27" x 33" Acrylic on Multi-Layered Acrylic 

"The Line Up", 27" x 33" Acrylic on Multi-Layered Acrylic 


DESIRE LINES

MAIN GALLERY: JAN 26 – MAY 26 | 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: JAN 26 | 7 – 9 PM

“Desire Line – a path created as a consequence of erosion caused by human or animal foot-fall or traffic. The path usually represents the shortest or most easily navigated route between an origin and destination. Desire lines emerge as shortcuts where constructed ways take a circuitous route, have gaps or are non-existent.” (Wikipedia)

The landscape as a genre has held captive the imagination of the American public for the better part of the last two centuries. With unbound adoration, we have embraced the landscape, from the grandeur of the paintings of the Hudson School to the manifest destiny myth of a rugged and unspoiled west. Americans have been drawn to artists’ interpretation of place, real and fictional.  Despite the popularity of the landscape, too often the public conceptualizes these works in a very traditional way, whether that is plein air oil, watercolor painting or photographs that are devoid of any hint of human disturbance.

Desire Lines highlights the various paths, ranging from archiving to reproduction to collaborations with nature to works that critique the history of landscape focused art, taken by the artists included in the exhibition to explore our complicated relationship to the landscape that shapes and supports us and our repeated desire to represent it. 

LIST OF FEATURED ARTISTS: 

Ameila Carley
Barry Stone
Brian Patterson
Carly Glovinski
Ian Fisher
Jane Christensen
Janell James

Kelly Larsen
Kirsten Kay Thoen
Maddison Colvin
Michael Handley
Molly Kaderka
Penelope Umbrico
Sara Frantz and Trevor Amery

Visit the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art for more information and directions. 

 

All images and text © 2018 Janell James Studios and Janell James Artist.

Square One: Helper Artists of Utah - January 12 - February 23, 2018

Please Join Us January 19 during SLC Gallery Stroll
Panel Discussion 5PM - 6PM. Artist Opening Reception 6PM - 9PM

Below is your invitation and a Curatorial Essay by Donna Poulton, Ph.D.

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The Finch Lane Art Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition:

SQUARE ONE: HELPER ARTISTS OF UTAH

Once an abandoned mining town, Helper, Utah is now a thriving art community.

The success of Helper was an unintended consequence of the desire of a number of

educators, led by art professors David Dornan and Paul Davis, who found that the

lonely town offered not only the solitude they needed for creativity in their own work,

but aordable space to teach serious art students the fundamentals of drawing and

painting contemporary realism. Armed with the mantra, “learn your craft,” the Helper

school opened in the spring of 1995. The school’s teachers didn’t just tell students how

to paint, they showed them how to paint. Dornan noted “…if a student wants to paint

a better apple, show them how to paint a better apple, don’t start talking about the

relevance of an apple.” For Paul Davis, the school oered space for clarity, “after a while

it got so that you could see what a student was thinking while looking at their drawing

or painting, then you could help them to understand that the problem had nothing to

do with mere talent, but that the issue was more about the way in which they focused

their minds.”
 

The lesson they hoped to teach students is that draftsmanship along with extended

periods of immersion in one’s craft are among the fundamental building blocks for

creativity. This exhibition examines the work of a number of extraordinary artists who

studied at the Helper school and who attribute their level of artistry and success to the

generosity and talent of its teachers. These distinguished artists sell work throughout

the country, some directly from their studios in Helper. While they share the lineage of

their craft, with slight and subtle veins of thematic and stylistic similarities, each has a

distinct style.
 

Donna L. Poulton, Ph.D., Exhibition Curator
 

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All images and text © 2018 Janell James Studios and Janell James Artist.

                

 

Happy New Year!!! May 2018 be a year filled with art that makes you smile!

Nationally emerging artist Janell James is reinventing the landscape with unique dimensional paintings on multiple panes of acrylic glass. These paintings are singular in approach, sculptural and kinetic becoming 'living' paintings as light shifts and plays between the layers, casting shadows and illuminating her subjects.

"Janell's work is mesmerizing, vibrant and sophisticated, bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary art."
~ Rick Armstrong, Rare Gallery Fine Art, Jackson Hole, WY


It is an honor to be a part of the following 2018 Exhibitions.
Please join me if you can!


Finch Lane Gallery, Square One: Artists of Helper, January 12 - February 23, SLC, UT.
Artist Opening Reception with Panel Discussion, January 19, 5PM - 9PM.

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Desire Lines, January 26 - May 26, SLC, UT. Opening Reception, January 26.


Trove Gallery, Featured Artist Exhibition, February 23 - March 9, Park City, UT.
Artist Opening Reception February 23, 6PM - 9PM.

C.M. Russell Museum Exhibition, February 15 - March 15, Great Falls, MT.
C. M. Russell Auction, Mansfield Convention Center, March, 16.

Out West Art Show and Sale, March 14 - 17, Great Falls, MT.
Best Western Heritage Inn, Room #262.

Woodbury Art Museum, UVU, Art Of Our Century: Spotlight Artist Janell James, May 10 - July 14, Orem, UT.
Artist Opening Reception May 15, 6PM - 8PM.



I'm looking forward to 2018, creating art, and celebrating successes with you!
Wishing you and yours all the best in 2018!

Sincerely,
Janell
 

 

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 "Me and My Friends", 40" x 40" acrylic on multi-layered acrylic glass. Finch Lane Gallery Opening, January 19, SLC, UT.

"Me and My Friends", 40" x 40" acrylic on multi-layered acrylic glass. Finch Lane Gallery Opening, January 19, SLC, UT.