John Seed Presenting “Anne Harris, Kyle Staver, and Janice Nowinski: Three Approaches to Beauty”.
John Seed, Professor of Art, Mount San Jacinto College
Anne Harris, Kyle Staver and Janice Nowinski: Three Approaches to Beauty
“Anne Harris, Kyle Staver and Janice Nowinski are all artists who represent beauty in highly evolved personal styles. They are all Humanists who “love” the human figure, but approach in a highly idiosyncratic fashion.
Anne Harris has built her reputation as a painter of women who transfix their viewers with projections of uncomfortable and uncanny emotional states. Each of her paintings is a paradox, a challenge, a chimera, and to some degree a self-portrait. Harris is an “uncomfortable” artist who works against beauty, but paradoxically rediscovers it in her painterly process.
Kyle Staver has established herself as a painter of intimate vignettes of human relationships presented in a quirky, personal and playful style. Using bold brushwork and stylization, Staver strives to create images that balance human warmth and frailty with humor and forthrightness. Staver’s nudes – both male and female – are soft, vulnerable and deeply human.
Janice Nowinski, is a “painter’s painter,” who likes to work against technical refinement, which she feels can quickly degenerate into sentimentality. Her recent female nudes are based both on 19th century erotic postcards and the tradition of the female nude as it was expressed by 18th and 19th century French masters.
In my presentation I will discuss, describe and compare the styles, techniques and aesthetic approaches of these three painters.”
John Seed has served as a professor of art and art history at Mt. San Jacinto College for over 25 years. Winner of a 2002 Society of Professional Journalist’s award in art and entertainment writing, Seed has written about art and artists for Harvard Magazine, Maui No Ka Oi, Honolulu, Christie’s Hong Kong, Yerevan, and Art Ltd. He is also a regular contributor to the HuffingtonPost Art and Culture section. Seed is currently working on an essay about painter Nathan Oliveira to be published in conjunction with the opening of the Anderson Collection building at Stanford University, which is scheduled to open in2014.
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