Jayne Holsinger


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Jayne Holsinger’s paintings range from the hyper real to the loose and gestural, and highlight American culture and landscape as a natural outcome of her investigations into identity, family history, and the natural environment. Holsinger works with iconic images and frequently her work calls up memories shared by the collective. In 2016 her work will be in Flatlanders, a two-person show at the National Arts Club in New York. Amongst her solo shows she has exhbited at Chazou Gallery, Kamloops, British Columbia, Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, Florida, and Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY. She has exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe including the Bronx Museum for the Arts (New York), the Shedhalle (Zurich), the Alliierten Museum (Berlin) and the Topkapi Palace (Istanbul).

My work is motivated by absence and is drawn primarily from my rich and contrasting life experience. For example, I was raised a conservative Anabaptist background in rural Indiana but left that life to study painting in New York City in 1979. I paint in oils or gouache using photographic references as a starting point, frequently my own snapshots. I rely on the processes of painting to transform the images I choose into something open that viewers can enter into and experience. I also invent color I perceive as emotionally extending to the subject as well as employ chance in juxtaposing unlike found images that create synergy.

Art & Research Interests
For two years I’ve developed a painted bestiary, moving from wildlife to domestic animals. Currently I’ve researched the history of the horse image in all its permutations, military, hunting, pleasure, commercial icons, mythological, and so forth.

Keywords: Identity, Environment, Landscape, and Painting