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JANET RICKUS


GALLERY HENOCH 555 WEST 25TH STREET NEW YORK, NY 10001 917.305.0003 info@galleryhenoch.com www.galleryhenoch.com

Cover: Four Polka Dot Cups, Oil on Canvas, 14” x 22”


JANET RICKUS Recent Paintings

September 7 - September 30, 2017

Opening Reception for the Artist:

Thursday, September 7, 6-8 PM


Red-Winged Blackbird Oil on Canvas 14” x 18”


Still Life with 12 Spoons Oil on Canvas 20” x 30”


Turnips Oil on Canvas 12” x 18”


A Measured Process The genesis of a painting by Rickus combines room for invention with a highly disciplined methodology. Her studio is on an upper floor of a house and faces north, which gives her a stable, cool light for much of the day. She never uses photography. Having chosen objects for a new painting, she sets to work arranging and rearranging them in combination with tablecloths or fabrics. As she proceeds, she weighs the various considerations of abstract design, color coordination and iconography. Once she’s satisfied with the arrangement, she stretches a canvas of the appropriate size. Since she paints life-size, the objects in the setup and the proportions of the composition largely determine the dimensions of the canvas. “I measure the actual composition on the table, allowing for an equal margin on each side and an allowance on the top and bottom,” says the artist. Rickus continues her preparation by applying eight thinned layers of acrylic gesso to the canvas, sanding between most coats to obtain a smooth surface. She then applies a thin coat of acrylic paint to tint the entire canvas. “I use a raw umber wash but could easily see myself using any neutral color—black, blue-gray or other browns,” [says Rickus]. - John A. Parks for The Artist’s Magazine Excerpt from “Stylish Depths,” January/February 2016


Sun-Kissed Oil on Canvas 16” x 22”


Little White Pitcher Oil on Canvas 16” x 20”


Eggplant and Blue Vase Oil on Canvas 12” x 16”


Squash and Pumpkins Oil on Canvas 18” x 32”


Scant the Color Red Oil on Canvas 15” x 26”


Decorated Vessels Oil on Canvas 11” x 13”


Flattery Oil on Canvas 16” x 28”


Being Green Oil on Canvas 14” x 18”


Diagonal Stripes Oil on Canvas 12” x 18”


Banana Squash and Brown Bowl Oil on Canvas 20” x 34”


Made in Mexico Oil on Canvas 18” x 24”


Melons, Mangos, and a Lime Oil on Canvas 16” x 30”


JANET RICKUS b. 1949 Chicopee, MA Education: B.S., Central Connecticut State University, 1971 Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions: 2017 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 2014 Quidley & Company, Nantucket, MA 2013 Radical Traditionalism, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA Janet Rickus/Stanley Bielen, Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA 2012 Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA Janet Rickus/David Furman, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA 2011 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 2009 Figure & Form, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA 2007 Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York, NY 2005 Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York, NY 2003 Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York, NY 2001 Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA 2000 Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York, NY 1998 Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York, NY 1996 Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York, NY 1993 Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York, NY 1991 Hoorn-Ashby Gallery, New York, NY Selected Group Exhibitions: 2017 Marjory Reid Plus Two, Tremaine Gallery, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT Context Art New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX Winter Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 2016 ArtMiami: Context, Miami, FL Fall Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX 50 Years a Dealer: George Henoch Shechtman, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 2015 ArtMiami: Context, Miami, FL Still Life, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Annual Salon Show, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA Summer Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX

2014 2013

2012 2011 2010

ArtMiami: Context, Miami, FL Dallas Art Fair, TX Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA American Realists, Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA Annual Salon Show, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA Gallery Henoch, New York, NY ArtMiami: Context, Miami, FL Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Annual Salon Show, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA Still Life Lives, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA Winter Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX Annual Salon Show, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Annual Salon Show, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA Group Exhibition 6, Morrison Gallery, Kent, CT Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Singles, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Gt. Barrington, MA Couples, Leslie Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA

Awards: 2006 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant in Painting Bibliography: “Exemplary Offerings,” American Art Collector, June, 2016 “Still Life,” Gail Leggio, American Arts Quarterly, Winter, 2016 John A. Parks, “Stylish Depths,” The Artist’s Magazine, Jan/Feb, 2016 “It’s Easy Being Green,” Berkshire Magazine, Spring, 2014 “Still Life Paintings, Janet Rickus,” The Artful Mind, Winter, 2014 “Berkshire Museum Presents ‘Radical Traditionalism’ with Colin Brandt and Janet Rickus,” The Country and Abroad Magazine, Winter, 2013-14 ”Turn the past into the future: ‘Radical Traditionalism’ opens at Berkshire Museum,” Christopher Marcisz, The Berkshire Eagle, November 7, 2013 ”Janet Rickus,” Keith Shaw, Artscope Magazine, March/April 2012 “Janet Rickus at Henoch,” Raymond J. Steiner, Art Times Blog, December 2011 Cynthia Nadelman, “Group Exhibition 6,” ARTnews, September 2011 Keith Shaw, “A Mix of Marriages - ‘couples’ exhibition features a wealth of talent and variety,” Artscope Magazine, July/August 2010 Tresca Weinstein, “Art Review: ‘Couples’ and Susan Mikula’s ‘American Vale’ at the Ferrin Gallery,” Berkshire Living, July 3, 2010


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