Janet Werner





In Janet Werner’s paintings location and physical exaggeration of the figure have become more significant as scenery and amplified characters are dropped or transplanted into the impossible visual plethora of 20 and 21st century visual pop culture. Werner has a specific idea of how she wants her paintings to be construed and how figures dwell in them. She continues to fictionalize time, place and memory as her subjects are invented, adapted and localized in these new contexts and the drama that Werner has created. This pro-active characterization and no holds barred approach to painting is fueled by her individual research and pursuit of pushing a relationship and commitment to the portrait-painting genre.


Janet Werner received her BFA Maryland Institute, Baltimore 1985, and MFA Yale University, New Haven 1987. Spanning over 15 years as an established painter, Werner has shown widely and often across Canada including shows at the Liane & Danny Taran Gallery, Montreal, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Saskatchewan, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, The Ottawa Art Gallery, Plug In Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, as well as in Europe at the Prague 
Biennale, and Cologne, Germany. The Canada Council has supported her work in both research and for the NYC studio.





Janet Werner, untitled, 2009, oil on canvas, 22 x 28 cm
Janet Werner, Boy with Helmet, 2009, oil on canvas, 14 x 18 cm
Janet Werner, Girl with Branches, 2009, oil on canvas, 18 x 14 cm
Janet Werner, Crouching Girl, 2009, oil on canvas, 22 x 18 cm
Janet Werner, Happy, 2009, oil on canvas, 31 x 24 cm
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