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20TH OCTOBER—6TH NOVEMBER 2009

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“...a transcendent feeling of tranquillity, order, and purity�


Janise Yntema’s painting explores physical light as a manifestation of emotional and psychological states, states of human frailty and the soul’s expansion into hope. Through the materials of melted wax on wood panel, her paintings capture and emanate light toward a transcendent feeling of tranquillity, order, and purity. Yntema creates this transcendent lightness through her materials and techniques. She applies natural bees wax to wood panels, shaping it with heat. This method is one of the oldest known painting techniques, dating back over 2000 years. It is so durable that ancient Egyptian encaustic paintings maintain their brilliant colours and minute detail to this day, never cracking like oil painting, unaffected by moisture, mildew, or fungus. The intensely time consuming nature of such a technique draws the artist’s close attention to the process itself: slow, meditative, almost prayer-like. And the extreme heat involved recalls alchemy, the changing of mundane materials into precious, sacred objects. Yntema uses a blow torch to sweep her “brush strokes” across her paintings seamlessly, while the heat invisibly dilutes, mixes, and binds the layers of colour to each other into translucent layers of luminous tone. She then polishes the surfaces with the softest cotton to a high fleshy gloss, like oil rubbed into supple skin. Yntema further develops the feeling of light radiating and emanating from the materials by carefully choosing her colours and surface texture. Yntema’s colour, evoking silence and simplicity, is the melting sky, the sunrise and the sunset through water, given in blues, greens, yellows, pinks, violets, and browns. Layered together, they continually swirl and drift.

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She depicts sky, undifferentiated particles of atmosphere, opening spaces that seem to breathe. The sky and water are only suggested, and the paintings preserve the silence of being non-representative, nebulous, and imaginatively expansive. Of the surface texture, the polished finish seems matt when viewed frontally, but when moving to the side view it becomes shiny, glossy in patches, shimmering with a gently undulating surface. It is the surface of still waters, a glassy reflective, catching the ambient light and gathering it into bright patches. And yet earth-bound, the gouges in the surfaces puncture its skin, pinching, puckering, and folding at the incision. Opposites in harmony, the transcendent light is manifest by a material so bodily, tactile, lickable, supple, pliant, in fatty veins of white, bleeding and frenetic at times like lightning. The strong push and pull between the fleshy surface and airy depth brings life to the already organic wax and wood materials. In scale, some of Yntema’s paintings are almost large enough to walk right through, full of air and light, and other paintings are small like peepholes into an unimaginably vast space beyond. In this way, the sizes are inviting on a personal level. Yntema explains: “I am interested in finding a balance of exactly how much is necessary to fully develop a painting and exactly how much is necessary to leave out.� Jacquelyn Stonberg, PhD Kean University September 2009 New Jersey, USA

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[PREVIOUS PAGE] NIGHTLINES wax encaustic and oil on panel 120 x 105 cm / 47” x 41.5” [OPPOSITE] DIFFUSED LIGHT II wax encaustic and oil on panel 107 x 99 cm / 42” x 39” 6.


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SECONDS AWAY [diptych] wax encaustic and oil on panel 120 x 180 cm / 47” x 71” 8.


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FLIGHT LEVEL wax encaustic and oil on panel 120 x 105 cm / 47” x 41.5” 11.


BEECH BOTANICAL [diptych] wax encaustic and mixed media on panel 20 x 40 cm / 8” x 16” 12.


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OCTOBER SEA wax encaustic and oil on panel 60 x 60 cm / 23.5” x 23.5” 15.


AWAKE wax encaustic and oil on panel 120 x 105 cm / 47” x 41.5” 16.


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LIGHT RAIN ON A SUMMER’S NIGHT wax encaustic and oil on panel 60 x 60 cm / 23.5” x 23.5” 18.


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MORNING MIST wax encaustic and oil on panel 60 x 60 cm / 23.5” x 23.5” 21.


DIFFUSED LIGHT I wax encaustic and oil on panel 107 x 99 cm / 42” x 39” 22.


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ASH BOTANICAL [diptych] wax encaustic and mixed media on panel 18 x 26 cm / 7.7” x 11” 24.


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STILL [diptych] wax encaustic and oil on panel 120 x 180 cm / 47” x 71” 27.


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EVENING STILL wax encaustic and oil on panel 120 x 105 cm / 47” x 41.5” 29.


WHITE RAIN wax encaustic and mixed media on panel 17 x 17 cm / 6.5” X 6.5” 30.


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DAYBREAK wax encaustic and oil on panel 120 x 105 cm / 47” x 41.5” 33.


NORTHERN MIST wax encaustic and oil on panel 30 x 30 cm / 12” x 12” 34.


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JANISE YNTEMA 1962

BORN IN NEW JERSEY, U.S.A

EDUCATION 1980-84 PARSON’S SCHOOL OF DESIGN, NEW YORK CITY, BFA 1986 THE COOPER UNION, NEW YORK CITY SOLO & TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS 1993 A.I.R. GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY 1994 HOBOKEN GALLERY, NEW JERSEY 1995 A.I.R. GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, NEW JERSEY 1996 WATCHUNG ARTS CENTER, NEW JERSEY—AWARD SHOW 1997 A.I.R. GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY 2003 CADOGAN CONTEMPORARY, LONDON SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 1989 CITY WITHOUT WALLS GALLERY, NEW JERSEY (JURIED EXHIBITION) 1990 CITY WITHOUT WALLS GALLERY, NEW JERSEY 1991 A.I.R. GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY RARITAN VALLEY ART GALLERY, NEW JERSEY (INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION) 1992 A.I.R. GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY TRIBECA 148 GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY CITY WITHOUT WALLS GALLERY, NEW JERSEY 1993 A.I.R. GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY CITY WITHOUT WALLS GALLERY, NEW JERSEY WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, NEW JERSEY (JURIED EXHIBITION) TRIBECA 148 GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY 1994 CITY WITHOUT WALLS GALLERY, NEW JERSEY (JURIED EXHIBITION) ALJIRA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, NEW JERSEY BROOK ALEXANDER GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS CENTER FOR THE ARTS, NEW JERSEY (AWARD SHOW) 1995 ARTISTS SPACE, NEW YORK CITY CITY WITHOUT WALLS GALLERY, NEW JERSEY THE MORRIS MUSEUM, NEW JERSEY (INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION) A.I.R. GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY 1996 CERES GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY (INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION) A.I.R.GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY THE ARSENAL GALLERY, CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK CITY 1997 SIMON GALLERY, NEW JERSEY PRINTED MATTER, NEW YORK CITY A.I.R. GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY

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1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2007 2008 2009

SIMON GALLERY, NEW JERSEY SOHO 20, NEW YORK CITY (INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION) A.I.R. GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE’S ARCHIVE OF AMERICAN ART, NY WATCHUNG ARTS CENTER, NEW JERSEY (INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION) CANESSA GALLERY, SAN FRANCISCO, CA SOHO 20, NEW YORK CITY, INVITATIONAL CENTURY GALLERY, LONDON MAFUJI GALLERY, LONDON CHRISTINE VAN STRALEN GALLERY, AMSTERDAM CADOGAN CONTEMPORARY, LONDON STEPHEN LACEY GALLERY, LONDON MAFUJI GALLERY, LONDON CENTURY GALLERY, LONDON C-B-GALERIE, COLOGNE CADOGAN CONTEMPORARY, LONDON CENTURY GALLERY, LONDON CADOGAN CONTEMPORARY, LONDON A&A GALERIE, BELGIUM CADOGAN CONTEMPORARY, LONDON A.I.R. GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY CADOGAN CONTEMPORARY, LONDON A.I.R. GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY CADOGAN CONTEMPORARY, LONDON A.I.R. GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY CADOGAN CONTEMPORARY, LONDON A.I.R. GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY

COLLECTIONS PHILLIPS CORPORATION, THE NETHERLANDS PTS SOFTWARE, THE NETHERLANDS AMHERST COLLEGE, AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS BROOKLYN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK CARNEGIE INSTITUTE MUSEUM OF ART, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA CINCINNATI MUSEUM OF ART, OHIO FRED JONES JR. MUSEUM OF ART, OKLAHOMA GUTENBERG MUSEUM, GERMANY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK CITY MILWAUKEE ARTS MUSEUM, WISCONSIN MUSEUM OF MODERN ART ARCHIVES, NEW YORK CITY PROVINCETOWN ART ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM, RHODE ISLAND STEDELIJK MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM YALE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, CONNECTICUT NATIONAL MUSEUM FOR WOMEN IN THE ARTS, WASHINGTON, D.C


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Janise Yntema  

Cadogan Contemporary's e-catalogue for Janise Yntema's exhibition of achingly peaceful wax-encaustic paintings.

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