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JANE SMALDONE

Biography


Jane Smaldone was born in New York City in 1953 and currently lives and works in the Boston area with her husband Mark and daughter Isabel, who has become one of her favorite subjects. She attended the State University of New York and attained her BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1976.

Smaldone's paintings combine her long-standing interest in landscape, still life and portraiture, interweaving the genres in a personal style inspired by art historical traditions as diverse as Chinese landscape painting, Surrealism and Folk Art.

She says about her work, "The flowers, portraits and landscapes that I have been working on are inspired in part by a dialogue between the real and the imagined. My subjects tend to be those important to my life and evocative for me in a visual, emotional or psychic way.

"I'm not interested in representation, but in transformation —transformation as it relates to past events, the perceived present and the imagined future. Painting is a process for me through which to explore the poetic nature of these transformations and a way to express the unseen forces on our lives."

Smaldone's work is included in many private, corporate and public collections internationally, including the Danforth Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum and Wellington Management. She has had numerous solo shows in the United States and Canada and participated in many group shows.

 

Artist's statement


" A dialogue between the real and the imagined inspires the flowers, portraits and landscapes that I have been working on. I'm often struck by how the two can merge or one becomes the other: My subjects tend to be those important to my life and evocative for me in a visual, emotional or psychic way.

"I'm not interested in representation, but in transformation. Transformation as it relates to past events, the perceived present and the imagined future.

"I tend to paint my daughter, Isabel, as larger than life. In a way she becomes a vessel for all my hopes, concerns and beliefs, not only for her, but for the larger world as well. Her transformation from a baby to sixteen years old has been truly remarkable. Painting is a process for me, through which to explore the poetic nature of these transformations and a way to express the unseen forces on our lives.

"I rarely work from sketches, preferring to start directly on the canvas and relying on images from my mind's eye and from memory. I like to allow the more unconscious elements to filter through and exist with the more intentional aspects of the work.

"Sometimes, I use photographs that I've taken for visual information that I will use in a composite way (hands, faces, trees, sky, etc). Color is extremely important to me in developing an idea and often generates a sense of place and purpose, and a way 'into the painting." -- Jane Smaldone


Bibliography


Bonetti, David "Boston: A Baker's Dozen," ARTnews, Summer 1988.  
"Women of Every Year," Boston Phoenix, February 24, 1987.
"On and off the Street," Boston Phoenix, November 6, 1987.
"Rose - Colored Glasses," Boston Phoenix, April 3, 1987.

Brommer, Gerald F. and  Nancy K. Kinne Exploring Painting. Davis Press. Worcester, MA. 2002.

Duehr, Gary  "The pulse of New England art: DeCordova Annual Exhibition offers grab bag of regional talent," TAB, June 24-30, 1999.

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Giuliano, Charles  "An Esoteric Exhibition at Brandeis," Patriot Ledger, April 1987.

Grabosky, Tom  "Jane Smaldone," Bay Windows, June 1988.

Jahnke, Art "Best New Artist," Boston Magazine, August 1987.

McQuaid, Cate "Young life blossoms," Boston Globe, May 28, 1998.

Mclan, Nico   "Jane Smaldone: New Paintings," Art New England, February/March 1993

Neely, Anne  "Jane Smaldone: New Work," Art New England, July - August 1990.

Sherman, Mary "Diversity marks Nielsen shows," Boston Herald, November 19, 1992

Stapen, Nancy  "Bromfield Celebrates 20 Years of Dreams Coming True,"  Boston Globe, December 9, 1993.
"Smaldone's search for inner reality," Boston Globe, November 19, 1992.
"Smaldone show gives promise," Boston Herald, April 19, 1990.
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"Jane Smaldone," ARTnews, Summer 1988
"The Best of 1988," Boston Herald, December 16, 1988.

Taylor, Robert. "Exploring Feminine Identity," Boston Herald, February 8, 1987

Temin, Christine  "Brandeis Exhibition Lively, Pluralistic," Boston Herald, March 22, 1987
 
Unger, Miles "Perspectives: Jane Smaldone," Boston Globe, May 19, 1988.
"Art in Cycles," Boston Globe, July 4, 1999.
"Jane Smaldone," Regional Reviews, Art New England, 1995 December/January 1996

"Brush Art Gallery & Studios: Dreamweavers: Symbolist Tendencies in Contemporary New England Art," Art New England, April/May, 1999.


Galleries


Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Massachusetts

Loch Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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