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Evening in the Drawing Room by Jane Manco was selected as a Finalist in the November 2020 BoldBrush Art Contest & Exhibit.
Jane is a classically trained oil painter who's work is inspired by the masters of the past, and her background in traditional realism.
Jane earned her BFA in graphic design and illustration from the Parsons School of Design in New York, as well as a masters degree in art education. Subsequent to completing her studies Jane launched a freelance career with national advertising firms, MTV Networks, and was an art educator in New York City teaching drawing, painting and graphic design.
Jane has since transitioned to painting professionally full time, while completing an intensive drawing and painting program from the Florence Academy of Art (US). Jane studied under the tutelage of Jordan Sokal, Amaya Gurpide, Cornelia Hernes and Stephen Bauman. Jane now shares her time between New York and New Jersey painting in her studio in the Realist Tradition.
Jane's work is well collected, and can be found throughout the U.S. and in the UK. Jane's work is represented by galleries in Massachusetts., and the Salmagundi Club in New York.
Jane has received numerous awards, including the Sylvia Marie Geismann Award for Excellence for work exhibited at the historic Salmagundi Club - NYC. Jane was also a FINALIST at the ARC 15th Annual Competition, OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition, the American Women Artists, Steamboat Art Museum Exhibition , the Guild of Boston Artists New England Regional Exhibition, the Richeson75 International Small Works, Still Life / Floral and Animal and Wildlife Gallery Exhibitions , the Artist Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition for Still Life, and was featured in the American Art Collector and the Annual Art issue of Cape Cod Life Magazine.
It is my belief that still life painting stems from the close observation of reality. I have found that the apparent stillness which material things seem to embody is set into motion through the act of seeing, drawing and painting. Through close scrutiny and observation one comes to the realization that nothing in nature is really still. Forces are at work while friction and tension permeate all, including the very act of seeing, drawing and painting. Material things have weight, volume, mass, color, position and a relationship to each other. These perceptions are as fleeting as the light that transforms what and how we see. Perhaps, still life paintings are a way to salvage something from the unremitting process of entropy and decay, a way of bringing temporary permanence to that which is fleeting.
These paradoxes drew me to still life painting. I find that still life presents infinite arrangements. I am able to manipulate both the reality at hand and the formal elements of painting color, line, tone and composition. It has come to represent the essence of what painting has always been, that which is still, visual and silent. It is an echo of our existence and the trace of our passing.
Florence Academy of Art - (US) Alumni - Drawing & Painting Program
The Academy of Realist Art - Boston - Core Program
Parson School of Design (NYC) - Alumni
Salmagundi Club - (SCNY)
Oil Painters of America - OPA
Edward Hopper House Museum
Art Renewal Center (ARC)
American Women Artists - AWA