Darien Artist Jan Dilenschneider Reveals Hopes, Fears For Our World
in Second Paris Exhibition
PARIS – An artist concerned about our world and its people puts a brush to canvas, connecting life’s feelings and phenomena with an audience eager to experience and understand the emotion she reveals through her painting.
For Jan Dilenschneider, the renowned Darien, Connecticut, USA, artist whose second Paris exhibition opens at Galarie Pierre-Alain Challier, 8 Rue Debelleyme, on July 8, 2014, it has been a year of growth and change since her Paris debut at Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier one year ago this summer.
“I am greatly influenced by living on Long Island Sound, where many subjects lie within a mile of my home—beautiful old trees, crystal blue water, elegant grasses, birds and great storms,” Dilenschneider says. “I see a painting in everything—spring green leaves against bright blue skies, or misty trees that fade to blue-gray. The beauty of the world right outside my door is my inspiration.”
At the same time, Dilenschneider says she feels an obligation to this world, to highlight the damage being done by all of us to our surrounding environment. Her 2014 exhibition is thus entitled:
“It Is a Beautiful World. What Are We Doing to Protect It?”
Addressing such a personal obligation takes more than words, Dilenschneider says. “If words could say everything, there would be no need for painters. Painting is expression, making visible my emotion, sharing that emotion without words—only paint.”
Likewise, her sense of social obligation, combined with artistic obligation, led to Dilenschneider’s creation, through a generous gift by her husband, Robert, of The Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider Scholar Rescue Award in the Arts*, designated to to rescue ten artists in countries where there is revolution or political unrest leading to the suppression of artistic freedom.
“I look forward to helping bring oppressed artists and scholars to free countries where they can do their work in peace and safety,” Dilenschneider says.
Following the success of Dilenschneider’s showing last year of her still lifes and landscapes, Galerie Challier this year is devoting its main summer exhibition to her work. Of the 34 paintings to be shown, the publication Madame Figaro called them:
“Dynamic: Always connected with nature, her densely painted artworks seem to express perpetual motion. Somewhere between Tachism and Verismo, her waterscapes, grasses and fruit still lifes, energized by black and white stripes, present her vision of a whirling world, on the verge of – and ever closer to – abstraction.”
Mrs. Dilenschneider’s paintings will be on exhibition from July 8 through July 26 at Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier.
Jim Zebora/Mary Frances Duffy
The Dilenschneider Group
*Administered by the Institute of International Education (www.iie.org)