Please join us Friday, October 3, 5:30-8:00pm for a reception with acclaimed artist Jan Aronson as we celebrate the opening of Migration’s exhibition of her newest series of oil paintings called "While Rome Burns."
Jan Aronson’s paintings are internationally recognized and applauded for their sharply colored and textured depictions of basic natural elements: rocks, leaves, clouds, trees and water. She has incorporated those elements into her new series, "While Rome Burns". The ominous title - a reference to Roman Emperor Nero and his legendary apathy in the face of the fires that destroyed the city in the first century- is a sign that Aronson has once again effectively infused her landscapes with her individual perspective. These interpretations result in a visually astounding personal adaptation of the basic elements of nature found around the world. As she explains:
"My work uses nature as its subject matter and my current series under the title While Rome Burns explores the turbulent and seductive elements of water in motion. Many of the pieces take a micro part of a water image and make it macro thus making the viewer confront the interior of the experience. Other works allow a more distant view but the feeling of being a part of the water still prevails. The title of the series While Rome Burns refers to my personal response to current national, international, and ecological events over which I feel I have little or no control."
The directional lines and muscular energy of Aronson’s "While Rome Burns" series reflect her belief that "while forces of the universe are chaotic, they are also balanced".
Aronson’s process begins by taking photographs, many of which are from her world travels. She essentially uses her camera as a sketchbook, taking it back to her studio to construct each painting based on her film record. She paints her scenes in oil or watercolor, or sketches them using graphite and colored pencil.
Jan was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and remained there to major in Fine Arts at the University of New Orleans. She continued her education at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, where she attained her MFA in Painting and a minor in Art History. She now lives primarily in New York City, but enjoys a country home outside of Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband Edgar Bronfman.
Jan has received national acclaim for her landscapes and portraits. She last exhibited in Charlottesville at Les Yeux de Monde Gallery in 2006, and before that at the Bayly Art Museum at UVA in 2001. She has also participated in several exhibits abroad, most recently at the Jan Van Der Togt Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Her work is a fixture among permanent collections across the world, and her renown has earned her a place in the list of Who’s Who in the World.
(Images include: Top, While Rome Burns - Water #10 oil on canvas 28"x42"; Middle, While Rome Burns - Water #6 oil on canvas 45"x80"; Bottom, While Rome Burns - Water #6 oil on canvas 60"x84")