I’ve never known a time when I wasn’t making or looking at art. This avocation of youthful innocence evolved into a passion sometime during adolescence and I decided to major in Fine Arts at the University of New Orleans at the age of 17. This was the beginning of a lifelong commitment to a way of seeing, a way of thinking, and an ever present obsession to fulfill a personal quest to make great paintings. The discovery that the art studio was more than a place to work but actually my spiritual home was a revelation. The passion of my youth has actually been reinforced by the demands of the Darwinian artistic struggle. Only a fool or an addict continues to make these things called art when the obstacles to success, a concept not only hard to define but elusive, prove so profound. This devout commitment is at times a curse.
When asked why he writes, Vladimir Nabokov answered, “so I can find out what happens.” I never know what the finished painting will really look like. It is only when I’ve given the painting as much as I possibly can that it really begins to speak for itself. It is sometimes astonishing to see the finished piece revealing such unexpected results even though I use a photograph as a sketch from which I paint. The finished painting is always much more than the original image because I am seeking more than what is caught by the camera. This additional dimension comes from my interpretation of the colors, forms, shapes, tones, sensual lines of the elements of nature. In essence the results happen when the photograph is filtered through my eyes and brain and made into a painting.
My work reflects my belief that while the forces of the universe are chaotic, they are also balanced. And while this balance is accomplished through powers I cannot explain, I am comfortable with the unknown. I would rather be involved in living and making paintings that comment on this mystery, rather than trying to define it.
After over forty years the smell of oil paint and turpentine is as delicious today as it was in my youth. The process of making art is magical and intoxicating. It seduced me all those years ago and it still does.
Artist Bio / CV
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2008 WHILE ROME BURNS – Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2006 MSTERY – THE LEAVES SERIES – Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2006 MYSTERY – THE LEAVES SERIES - Les Yeux de Monde Gallery, Charlottesville, Va.
2005 JAN ARONSON, A REVERENCE FOR NATURE - Hebrew Union College, New York, NY
2004 JAN ARONSON, PAINTINGS AND WORKS ON PAPER - Jan Van der Togt Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2004 JAN ARONSON, PAINTINGS AND WORKS ON PAPER - Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA
2003 JAN ARONSON, PAINTINGS AND WORKS ON PAPER - Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2002 JAN ARONSON, A REVERENCE FOR NATURE - June Goldfinger Collection at KGS, Katonah, NY
2002 JAN ARONSON, Stuart Kingston Galleries, Wilmington, DE
2001 ELEMENTS; NEW WORK OF JAN ARONSON - Winston Wachter Fine Art, New York, NY
2001 JAN ARONSON, M/3 Studio, Miami, FL
2001 JAN ARONSON, PORTRAITS OF PLACE - United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
2001 ELEMENTS; NEW WORK OF JAN ARONSON - University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA
2000 CLOUD TRIPTYCHS - Makor Center, New York, NY
1999 PORTRAITS OF PLACE, A TEN YEAR RETROSPECTIVE - Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
1999 CLOUD TRIPTYCHS - Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1998 Winston Wachter Fine Art - New York, NY
1997 TWO VIEWS OF LANDSCAPE PAINTING - Hahn Gallery Philadelphia, PA
1996 Winston Wachter Fine Art - New York, NY
1995 A CONTINUING VISION - Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1994 Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1991 Stuart Kingston, Wilmington, DE
1988 Helio Galleries, New York, NY
1973 MFA Degree - Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Major: Painting. Minor: Art History
1971 BA Degree - University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Major: Fine Arts
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