Janet Werner

oil on canvas
20” x16”
Estimate $6000

Courtesy of the artist and Bradley Ertaskiran, Montréal

Janet Werner’s work as a painter focuses on the fictional portrait as a vehicle to explore notions of subjectivity and desire. Her paintings operate within and against the genre of conventional portraiture, taking found images of anonymous figures from popular culture and imbuing them with fictional personalities. The final paintings are composite portraits that retain aspects of the original while also embodying notions of transformation, innocence, and loss. Janet Werner holds an MFA from Yale University and has had solo exhibitions include the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Art Gallery of Guelph, Anat Ebgi (Los Angeles), Whatiftheworld Gallery (Cape Town), and Plug In ICA (Winnipeg). Group exhibitions include AXENEO7 (Gatineau), MASS MoCA (North Adams), and Arsenal contemporary (New York). A solo survey exhibition organized by the Kenderdine Art Gallery toured to five locations in Canada from 2013 to 2015. Werner’s work is in the collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, The Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, University of Lethbridge (Alberta), Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Mendel Art Gallery, and numerous private and corporate collections.

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