featuring Susan Kraut, Jaclyn Mednicov, and Jeffrey Janson
My recent series of paintings began in the dark winter days of 2020, when most of our daily routines had suddenly come to a standstill and we were hunkering down at home, feeling separated from much of the world.
When I finally had a little time to think about getting back into my studio, the paintings I had begun during the fall and winter suddenly looked uninteresting and frivolous to me. My energy for painting felt very low.
Meanwhile, a small bouquet of flowers sitting on our kitchen table began to wilt. I’m sure I was thinking about the beautiful small flower paintings that Edouard Manet painted toward the end of his life, which I have always loved. I had been able to see many of them in person during a Manet show the previous summer at the Art Institute. I found a bunch of small painting panels lying around my studio, which I usually use to make preliminary studies for larger paintings, and I began painting flower studies on them. A few friends sent me pictures of bouquets they had brought home, and I discovered other images of flowers among my old photos. These flower images felt ordinary yet intimate to me, touching, because we know the real flowers soon begin to fade and wilt. They seemed especially poignant during the cold Chicago winters; set on windowsills, their showy bursts of reds, yellows and purples glowed against the cool grays and browns of the outdoors and the mysterious light of evening.
Gradually, I started working larger, and began including the rooms where flowers were placed. The windows began revealing more of the outside world, and the spaces became more complicated. I think I wanted to tell a little more of a story - these small tender pieces of the natural world, brought inside our living spaces for us to interact with and be cheered by.
Tiny Bouquet, 7x6, oil on panel
Studio Sink, 24x20, oil on panel
Night Window with Amaryllis, 10x8, oil on panel
Monroe Street Window with Flowers and Owl I, 18x24, oil on panel
Monroe Street Window with Flowers and Owl II, 20x18, oil on panel
Clark Street Studio, 20x24, oil on panel
City Window with Flowers I, 12x9, oil on panel
City Window with Flowers II, 12x9, oil on panel
Bidwell Apartment Painting with Matisse Flowers, 14x18, oil on panel, SOLD
Berries with Landscape Painting, 14x11, oil on panel
Jaclyn Mednicov is a Chicago-based artist, whose work combines paintings, printmaking, sculpture and combinations thereof. She has studied at Parsons School of Design in NYC, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and has her BFA from University of Kansas and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale Foundation, and SEA Foundation in Tilburg, Netherlands. Her work has been exhibited in galleries including Mixed Greens Gallery, NYC; The Franklin, Chicago; Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Dekalb, IL; Paris London Hong Kong, Chicago, and more. She has won awards such as a 3Arts Make a Wave grant in 2021, an NEA grant in 2018, and has been published in New American Paintings and Sheridan Road Magazine.
After Summer, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches, 2021
Iris, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches, 2021
Tulips, image transfers, charcoal, acrylic, and oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches, 2018
Red Cardinal, image transfers, charcoal, acrylic, and oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches, 2019
After Matisse, 60x48, oil on canvas
Tulips on Devon, 60x48, oil on canvas
Jeffrey Janson is incredibly honored and grateful to be showing work alongside his close friend and longtime mentor Susan Kraut: his teacher, advisor, and colleague at the School of the Art institute of Chicago during the early 2000’s, their close relationship persisting to the present day.
Janson has a Bachelor of Science in Design from the University of Cincinnati (1979), a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Painting and Drawing from the School off the Art Institute of Chicago (2000), and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2002).
Untitled (Tulips, vase), 30x22, conte on watercolor paper, framed
Untitled (Lillies), 30x22, conte on watercolor paper, framed
Untitled (Tulips), 30x22, conte on watercolor paper, framed
Untitled (Alstroemerias), 15x10, conte on watercolor paper, framed
Alstroemerias, 26x24, oil on panel
Peones, 26x24, oil on panel