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jennifer manning THE DALY HOUSE. Oil on canvas. 5’ x 5’. 2010.

Jennifer Manning. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New Jersey, Manning would spend summers with her mother’s family and then visit her father’s family in New York during the winter. Having been creating art as long as she can remember, these polar experiences helped make Duality a major theme her work. Vincent Capraro, Manning’s great-uncle and first mentor, was one of the first people to help inspire and encourage her. During her education at Rutgers University and Mason Gross School of the Arts, many more alliances were made and the art world seemed to blossom out around her. As a developing artist she has often frequented New York City and kept up with its art dialogue, which has only been solidified by her move to the Greater New York City area. Manning is interested in memories and moments of life captured both in photo and by life’s eye. In a sense photos, like still paintings, are taken with the purpose of being able to recollect a time in one’s life at any given moment. She wants to question the reliability and importance of these photographs and paintings in her work as well as the act of painting itself. Her goal is to question what’s possible, or rather not possible. In response to a past professor’s caveat against the cliché of painting Christmas trees she did just that. Mannings’ resultant piece is one of his favorites. Her paintings have been described as nostalgic, odd, and lonely. One peer once said that her images seem to implant “false memories”; she feels she should have been there, but could not have possibly been. Her

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Living Artists of Today: Contemporary Art. Vol.1  

This book takes the viewer through a visual journey of discovery and enjoyment of artwork by artists who live and work both next door to us...

Living Artists of Today: Contemporary Art. Vol.1  

This book takes the viewer through a visual journey of discovery and enjoyment of artwork by artists who live and work both next door to us...

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