Paintcan Studios - Studio# 3rd floor
10-10 44th Avenue
Janya Barlow was born and raised in Indiana. Barlow studied painting at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana where she received her BFA. She moved to New York City soon after and began training extensively under the renown painter Bruce Dorfman at the Art Students League of New York. Dorfman was and still is a great influence to her. She has been exhibiting in both galleries and museums in the United States and abroad.
The imagery created in these paintings is based on an emotional and linguistic nurturing that exists between the creator and the work. When strokes are put down on the canvas each and every stroke is a word or visual energy that can be sensed and read. The color or thickness of the strokes changes the intensity of the words. The more strokes and washes the more dialogue develops. This composition of words allows the figures to interact with one another, the painter, and the viewer. Emotions and language by nature overtime progress and evolve. Each painting has its own evolution. Once the language and knowledge is learned between each painting, one seeks out new knowledge and new language forms, therefore allowing the growth of each painting. This is how paintings develop and change overtime but always maintain there style. The initial language stays the same but the painter merely learns more words.
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