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Lydia Janssen

Lydia Janssen

Born: 1976

Hometown: New York City

Based in: Portugal and Bali

Lydia Janssen, b. 1976

USA

Lydia Janssen was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1976 and received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 1998. After graduating, she moved to New York City to pursue a professional dance career, dancing at the Merce Cunningham Studio School amongst others, and performing with modern dance troupes Pam Tanowitz Dance Company and Jordana Toback/POON Dance Company.

Janssen's dance career ended after several injuries, leading her to focus fully on her art. Janssen spent a year at the Graduate Fine Arts Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, before returning to New York to study at the Art Students League of New York (2005-07) with Larry Poons and Ronnie Landfield, where in her final year won the prestigious Red Dot award for Excellence in Painting. Larry Poons wrote the foreword to Janssen's recently released book "Dance to Art"

Janssen’s paintings are in private collections in the US, Europe and Asia, most notably in the collection of Singaporean Koh Seow Chuan. To buy Janssen's original works, check artsy or contact her galleries: Susan Eley Fine Art Gallery in New York City or REDSEA Gallery in Singapore.

A small number of Janssen's favourite paintings have been made into limited edition prints, using museum quality fine art paper and printed by Atkins Lab in Adelaide, Australia. Many of these are limited editions of 8 which are 80% of the size of the original. There are also some larger edition numbers, editions of 25 and 100, which are 50% and 25% the size of the original respectively.


7 works for sale

The King and Queen

Lydia Janssen, Portugal

Limited Edition Prints

US$ 3,250

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The Swimmer by Lydia Janssen

Lydia Janssen, Portugal

Limited Edition Prints

US$ 300

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Lydia Janssen: Dance to art by Lydia Janssen

Lydia Janssen, Portugal

Art

US$ 50

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Chiado by Lydia Janssen

Lydia Janssen, Portugal

Limited Edition Prints

US$ 3,750

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Horse Hunter Stag by Lydia Janssen

Lydia Janssen, Portugal

Limited Edition Prints

US$ 3,500

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Milk Parts by Lydia Janssen

Lydia Janssen, Portugal

Limited Edition Prints

US$ 3,250

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Blooming Mouth by Lydia Janssen

Lydia Janssen, Portugal

Limited Edition Prints

US$ 1,250

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Lydia Janssen In The Studio

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More About Lydia Janssen

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What inspires you?

Dance, movement, distortion, attachment, displacement

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Describe your creative process.

My preliminary sketches are usually on the actual canvas, they dictate where I go next....my work is impulsive yet very intentional. I rotate the canvas often, as new things emerge that excite me and often change the course.

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Abstract, movement, dancer

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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

deKooning, Susan Rothenberg, Cecily Brown

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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

The paint and music

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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

To study art that I hate (Sandy Litchfield). Less looking, more doing (Larry Poons).

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Where do you go for inspiration?

Inside, my work is autobiographical. But nothing is more inspiring than going to a museum.


Credentials

Education

Art Students League of New York

United States , 2007

Sarah Lawrence College (BA)

United States , 1998

University of Massachusetts (MA)

United States , 2005

Exhibitions

The L Café Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1998

A*Space Gallery, Bronxville, NY

1998

Take Home a Nude, New York Academy of Art

1999

Studio 14, Asian Fusion Gallery,

2005

NACUL Center Gallery, Recent Paintings, Amherst, MA (SOLO)

2005

Group Show, The Art Students League Gallery, NY

2006

Tower 49, Selected Group Show, NY

2007

The Pathos of Ecstasy, Selected group show, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

2007

Poon Productions, mural commission, NY

2007

MANIN, selected group show, Cielo, NY

2008

Trumans, selected group show, NY

2009

Selected for the HBO series, “Too Big To Fail”

2010

“A Course Change”, Susan Eley Fine Art

2014

Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco, selected group show, Susan Eley Gallery, San Mateo, CA

2015

art equity presents, FUSION, selected group show, the American Club

2015

Miaja Gallery, selected group show

2015

Asia Contemporary Art Fair

2016

Singapore Contemporary Art Fair

2017

All the King’s Horses, REDSEA gallery (SOLO)

2018

Winter selects group show, Susan Eley Gallery, NY

2019

Spotlight, Como Uma Ubud, Bali (SOLO)

2020

Awards

Red Dot Award for Excellence in Painting, ASL, New York

2007

Education

Art Students League of New York

United States , 2007

Sarah Lawrence College (BA)

United States , 1998

University of Massachusetts (MA)

United States , 2005

Exhibitions

The L Café Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1998

A*Space Gallery, Bronxville, NY

1998

Take Home a Nude, New York Academy of Art

1999

Studio 14, Asian Fusion Gallery,

2005

NACUL Center Gallery, Recent Paintings, Amherst, MA (SOLO)

2005

Group Show, The Art Students League Gallery, NY

2006

Tower 49, Selected Group Show, NY

2007

The Pathos of Ecstasy, Selected group show, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

2007

Poon Productions, mural commission, NY

2007

MANIN, selected group show, Cielo, NY

2008

Trumans, selected group show, NY

2009

Selected for the HBO series, “Too Big To Fail”

2010

“A Course Change”, Susan Eley Fine Art

2014

Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco, selected group show, Susan Eley Gallery, San Mateo, CA

2015

art equity presents, FUSION, selected group show, the American Club

2015

Miaja Gallery, selected group show

2015

Asia Contemporary Art Fair

2016

Singapore Contemporary Art Fair

2017

All the King’s Horses, REDSEA gallery (SOLO)

2018

Winter selects group show, Susan Eley Gallery, NY

2019

Spotlight, Como Uma Ubud, Bali (SOLO)

2020

Awards

Red Dot Award for Excellence in Painting, ASL, New York

2007

Press

Wall St Journal Art

2014

Haute Living

2014

Asian Art News (cover)

2018

Art Republic

2018

Elle

2018

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