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William Janosco

William Janosco's paintings are about the beauty of color, and how color and light can create an upbeat and magical environment. His colors dance across richly textured surfaces, and have a luxurious presence.

For William Janosco, painting is a highly personal and even emotional endeavor. He has chosen not to paint the recognizable world around us, but to work in a purely non-representational manner. Each painting achieves a visual balance and rhythm which expresses the artist's love of harmony and color.

Janosco paints in a direct, intuitive mode, without using pre-planned drawings. He begins with a loose underpainting of thin colors and shapes then allows the image to evolve and grow as he paints. In this way, he reacts to each new color and texture, building the image until the entire canvas achieves a visual balance which he feels is "right".

His technique of combining metallic gold and silver paint with heavily textured surfaces demonstrates masterful restraint. He combines the best qualities of Mark Rothko's color field paintings, and the energetic abstractions of Gerhard Richter. Janosco's paintings are almost kinetic, glowing and revealing compositional subtleties in different lighting conditions, and when viewed from various angles. They are a visual treat.

William Janosco is a native of Pittsburgh, and received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. His MFA in painting was earned at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Now a Michigan resident, he paints and lives along the shore of Lake Michigan, while exhibiting throughout the nation. His works are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Alabama, as well as numerous corporate and private collections.


William Janosco (foreground) with master printer Bruce Wood

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