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Charlotta Janssen

b.1966
I was born in Maine to German parents living in America under the Marshall plan. In 1973, my family moved to Iran, which we fled during the revolution in 1979. Back in Germany, I studied painting at the University of Arts in Berlin from 1986-1989. I dropped out and travelled the world as a street musician and performance artist. In 1991, I picked up my brushes again and started organizing art shows wherever I travelled. 1995 I moved to New York. In 2000, I opened a restaurant to showcase my work in Brooklyn. In 2005, I started to narrow down my color spectrum to teal, white, black and rust. In 2009 I reintroduced collage and this element created a real conversation that keeps evolving.

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Artist Statement: PAINT, RUST, COLLAGE, GLAZE

I start the painting with a narrow color spectrum: teal, black white and a grey iron oxide. This spectrum shifts the moment I oxidize the finished work: the grey turns into rich orange brown tones I have no control of and spill into the other colors, pushing the blue towards green and staining the white as well as the black. This blue/green spectrum is where I am slightly color blind too: the aqua/teal is right on that blue/green cusp I am “impaired” or as I feel “empowered” with an unusual perspective and as I later found out close to the spectrum by which some severely color blind people see.

Once rusted I collage or better “retro-collage” the work by bringing bits and pieces of the original image pushed in colors. It is daunting to cover up one’s own hard earned strokes, but the conversation between the collage and the painting is too irresistible to stop. Then I glaze lightly with oil to bring back the overall contrast of lights and shadows.

My paintings are a “quilted” Americana: though figurative, I discreetly bring in abstract shapes without interrupting the figurative work – taking place with patches of collage. From a distance they may reminisce of “crazy quilts” or Gee’s Bend quilts, close up though they are clearly figurative.

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She Doth Not Wait for June (The Keeper II)

36" x 24" / 91.4 x 61cm
Oil and 24K Gold Leaf on Panel

Sever Me

36" x 24" / 91.4 x 61cm
Oil and 24K Gold Leaf on Panel

I Found Him at The Mall

14" x 11" / 35.6 x 27.9cm
Oil on Wood Panel

Night Owl

20" x 16" / 50.8 x 40.6cm
Oil on Wood Panel

The Queen of the Desert

10" x 8" / 25.4 x 20.3cm
Oil on Linen Panel

Whisper in the Wind

49" x 59" / 124.5 x 149.9cm
Oil on Canvas

The Little Singer

72" x 54" / 182.9 x 137.2cm
Oil on Canvas

The Herd Guardian

42" x 36" / 106.7 x 91.4cm
Oil on Canvas

The Call

40" x 52" / 101.6 x 132.1cm
Oil on Canvas

The Wind and the Paper Birds

42" x 36" / 106.7 x 91.4cm
Oil on Canvas

The Tectonic Shift

60" x 98" / 152.4 x 248.9cm
Diptych, Oil on Linen

Face Reality

22.75" x 39.75" / 57.8 x 101cm
Colored Pencil on Bristol Board

Skating But Waiting

30" x 24" / 76.2 x 61cm
Oil on Aluminum

Heirloom

30" x 24" / 76.2 x 61cm
Oil on Aluminum

Foe

20" x 24" / 50.8 x 61cm
Acrylic on Panel

Poem Of The Butterflies

55" x 62" / 139.7 x 157.5cm
Oil on Canvas

Future in Hand

23.5" x 16.5" / 59.7 x 41.9cm
Acrylic on Wood Panel

Anchor

23.5" x 33" / 59.7 x 83.8cm
Acrylic on Wood Panel

Shadow Play

24" x 36" / 61 x 91.4cm
Linen on Panel

Red, White and Blue

48" x 60" / 121.9 x 152.4cm
Acrylic on Canvas

Dance of the Deadly Nightshade

47.5" x 70.5" / 120.7 x 179.1cm
Oil on Linen

2020

72" x 60" / 182.9 x 152.4cm
Oil on Linen

Russian Fragility IV

44" x 76" / 111.8 x 193cm
Oil, Ink, Mixed Media on Panel

Muhammad Ali 5th Street Gym

65" x 47" / 165.1 x 119.4cm
Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas

Summer in New York

33.5" x 45.25" / 85.1 x 114.9cm
Oil on Linen Canvas

Penthouse in Upper East Side

23.5" x 47.25" / 59.7 x 120cm
Oil on Linen Canvas

Corner Building on Prince Street

23.5" x 49" / 59.7 x 124.5cm
Oil on Linen Canvas

Building in the Sun

23.5" x 43.25" / 59.7 x 109.9cm
Oil on Linen Canvas

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