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Josana Blue’s Brooklyn Wonderland – Creaminology

 

Josana Blue’s Brooklyn Wonderland

By Virginia Villari

Josana is one of the most versatile artists I’ve met. Like a real Newyorker she masters the art of multi-tasking, managing to be a painter, a fashion and costume designer as well as making decorations and props for sets and events.

Her Brooklyn studio has a “cabinet of curiosities” sort of feeling, where every inch is filled with paintings, color cans, brushes, sketches, books, magazines, photographs, fabrics, mannequins and costumes in progress.

All of Josana’s works belong to a bigger creative universe where disciplines and ideas cross each other in a colorful and dynamic continuum that takes its pace from the jazzy and frantic rhythm of the big apple. Her stylized, gracefully painted figures seem to dance till they melt into geometric patterns and gestural brush strokes.

A peculiar form of spirituality defines Josana’s art: the understanding of the holistic nature of our reality and a strong faith in creativity as a privileged tool to empower humanity.

Josana Blue is a Bushwick, Brooklyn – based painter. She has a BFA from West Virginia University and a Master of Arts from NYU. Josana has exhibited her work in numerous galleries and alternative venues, both stateside and abroad, over the past 18 years. A vast majority of Blue’s paintings have been purchased for private collections. Blue regularly creates original artwork for the New York Ralph Lauren windows and stores, which all permanently reside in the Ralph Lauren art collection. Josana most recently completed an artist in residency at Ahau Tulum, in Mexico. Josana bases her art in the image of women via expressionism in a post cubist space. Her approach to the human figure is abstract. The highly stylized line becomes even more absolute with Blue’s strong use of vivid color. Her chromatic solution, decorative design and composition of space are inspired by music, fashion, dance and the energy of New York City. Josana Blue is a truly American metropolitan artist.

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Small Work on Interior Provisions – Lady Chello

acrylic & collage on canvas
16 x 12″

http://josanablue.com
ARTIST STATEMENT
As a painter, my art is founded in the image of women. My approach to the female figure is abstract and highly stylized. Through geometric shapes, vivid colors and strong lines I create captured imaginative scenes. The compositions hold elements of both urban and ethereal post-cubist space. The figures’ faces remain unidentified, anonymous; they are defined through their bodies as my muses: dancers, models, singers and dress forms for whom I design. The female figures portray playful, elegant and sensual forms. I design these bodies, clothes and scenes following my mood. I begin a piece with an idea or specific image of which the painting will express. However, my process always leads to my yielding control to the paint and where it inspires me to go.

Each composition alludes to my steady interest in blending fine art and design, which highly influence both the subjectivity and space of each piece. My chromatic solution, decorative design and the composition of space, is certainly influenced by the tradition of Modern European painting. However, I believe that my work expresses that of an American Metropolitan artist.

Work Represented on V & M – City Dance

City Dance on V & M

This acrylic on raw black canvas was painted in 2003 by the Brooklyn-based artist, Josana Blue (1977- ).  Entitled “City Dance”, this large (58″ by 52″) work depicting abstracted, nude female figures is a magnificent example of Josana’s distinctive figurative style. Josana has a BFA from West Virginia University, and MA from New York University. Over the past ten years she’s had three solo shows in Manhattan galleries, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout New York city. In addition to painting, she has also acquired a following for her freelance creative work in fashion and interior design, including work in windows and interiors for the Polo Ralph Lauren flagship stores in Manhattan.

“As a painter, my art is founded in the image of women. My approach to the female figure is abstract and highly stylized. Through geometric shapes, vivid colors and strong lines I create captured imaginative scenes. The compositions hold elements of both urban and ethereal post-cubist space. The figures’ faces remain unidentified, anonymous; they are defined through their bodies as my muses: dancers, models, singers and dress forms for whom I design. The female figures portray playful, elegant and sensual forms. I design these bodies, clothes and scenes following my mood. I begin a piece with an idea or specific image of which the painting will express. However, my process always leads to my yielding control to the paint and where it inspires me to go.”

“Each composition alludes to my steady interest in blending fine art and design, which highly influence both the subjectivity and space of each piece. My chromatic solution, decorative design and the composition of space, is certainly influenced by the tradition of Modern European painting. However, I believe that my work expresses that of an American Metropolitan artist.” — Josana Blue.

Work Represented on V & M – Abstract Figurative Nude Female Portrait

Josana Blue Abstract Figurative Acrylic Painting – Nude Female Portrait

This beautiful untitled acrylic on canvas by Josana Blue (1977- ) depicts an abstracted reclining nude female in the odalisque style. The painting is one of only twenty-six works of art chosen for the juried exhibition, “NYU Venice 1974-2011, Artists and Angiola Churchill”,  celebrating the best work of over 1,000 alumni of the NYU Venice campus, and the contributions of Professor Dr. Angiola Churchill.  The exhibition runs from May 24th to June 9th, 2012, at the 80WSE Gallery on the campus of New York University.

Over the past ten years Josana has had three solo shows in Manhattan galleries, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout New York City. In addition to painting, she has acquired a following for her freelance creative work in fashion and interior design, including work in windows and interiors for the Polo Ralph Lauren flagship stores in Manhattan. Josana received a performance grant scholarship and BFA from West Virginia University.  In 2003 she was awarded first prize in the juried competition, “Clara Scarampella & The Americans”, in Venice, Italy. Josana received her MA with concentrations in painting and studio art from New York University.

“As a painter, my art is founded in the image of women. My approach to the female figure is abstract and highly stylized. Through geometric shapes, vivid colors and strong lines I create captured imaginative scenes. The compositions hold elements of both urban and ethereal post-cubist space. The figures’ faces remain unidentified, anonymous; they are defined through their bodies as my muses: dancers, models, singers and dress forms for whom I design. The female figures portray playful, elegant and sensual forms. I design these bodies, clothes and scenes following my mood. I begin a piece with an idea or specific image of which the painting will express. However, my process always leads to my yielding control to the paint and where it inspires me to go.”

“Each composition alludes to my steady interest in blending fine art and design, which highly influence both the subjectivity and space of each piece. My chromatic solution, decorative design and the composition of space, is certainly influenced by the tradition of Modern European painting. However, I believe that my work expresses that of an American Metropolitan artist.” — Josana Blue.

 

Work Represented on V & M – Blue for Minnesota

Josana Blue Abstract Figurative Acrylic Painting on Canvas Entitled Blue for Minnesota

This magnificent acrylic on canvas was painted in 2011 by the Brooklyn-based artist, Josana Blue (1977- ). Entitled Blue for Minnesota, this large work (60″ x 38″) depicts views of fashion imagery within an abstract urban landscape, and is an exceptional example of the artist’s unique figurative style. Josana has a BFA from West Virginia University, and MA from New York University. Over the past ten years she’s had three solo shows in Manhattan galleries, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout New York City. In addition to painting, she has also acquired a following for her freelance creative work in fashion and interior design, including work in windows and interiors for the Ralph Lauren flagship stores in Manhattan.

“As a painter, my art is founded in the image of women. My approach to the female figure is abstract and highly stylized. Through geometric shapes, vivid colors and strong lines I create captured imaginative scenes. The compositions hold elements of both urban and ethereal post-cubist space. The figures’ faces remain unidentified, anonymous; they are defined through their bodies as my muses: dancers, models, singers and dress forms for whom I design. The female figures portray playful, elegant and sensual forms. I design these bodies, clothes and scenes following my mood. I begin a piece with an idea or specific image of which the painting will express. However, my process always leads to my yielding control to the paint and where it inspires me to go.”

“Each composition alludes to my steady interest in blending fine art and design, which highly influence both the subjectivity and space of each piece. My chromatic solution, decorative design and the composition of space, is certainly influenced by the tradition of Modern European painting. However, I believe that my work expresses that of an American Metropolitan artist.” — Josana Blue.

Bushwick Open Studios

Bushwick Open Studios

298 Stockholm St. 2R
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Saturday June 2nd, 2012, 12pm-7pm
Sunday June 3rd, 2012, 12pm-7pm

Josana Blue’s Lady Parlor Open House:

As a painter, my art is founded in the image of women. My approach to the female figure is abstract and highly stylized. Through geometric shapes, vivid colors and strong lines I create captured imaginative scenes. The compositions hold elements of both urban and ethereal post-cubist space. The figures’ faces remain unidentified, anonymous; they are defined through their bodies as my muses: dancers, models, singers and dress forms for whom I design. The female figures portray playful, elegant and sensual forms. I design these bodies, clothes and scenes following my mood. I begin a piece with an idea or specific image of which the painting will express. However, my process always leads to my yielding control to the paint and where it inspires me to go.

Each composition alludes to my steady interest in blending fine art and design, which highly influence both the subjectivity and space of each piece. My chromatic solution, decorative design and the composition of space, is certainly influenced by the tradition of Modern European painting. However, I believe that my work expresses that of an American Metropolitan artist.

NYU VENICE / 1974 – 2011

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Artists and Angiola Churchill

An exhibition to celebrate Venice Program Alumni and the major contributions and dedication of Dr. Angiola Churchill, Program Director and teacher.

 

Christa Blackwood, St. Cecilia

 

May 23 – June 9, 2012

 

opening reception: May 23, from 6 – 8 pm

to RSVP, contact: brittany.storey@nyu.edu



Suzanne Anan                           Katy Hamer 

Marc Aronson                            Ellen Hochberg

Christine Barney                       Edward Holland

Lisa Barnshaw                          Seo Jo

Sheila Berger                            Drew Lowenstein

Jacqueline Bishop                    Laura Merage

Christa Blackwood                   Hugh O’Rourke

Josana Blue                              Julie Phillips

Robert Chambers                    Malvina Sammarone

Donna Clovis                            Laura Schneider

Alicia Cuccolo                          Mara L. Siegel

JADU                                         Stephen Smith

                                                    Gilbert Trent


Through NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Art and Arts Professions, the NYU Venice Summer Studio Art Master’s program began in 1974 and helped to pioneer the university’s study abroad programs. Founded by NYU Art Department faculty member and chair Professor Angiola Churchill, the program ran every summer in Venice for 37 years. Blending art theory, history, and practice, the program took advantage of its unique location at the intersection of the ancient and modern worlds.

Beginning May 24 at Steinhardt’s 80WSE Gallery located between West 4th St. and Washington Place, the two-week exhibition will represent a small cross-section of the talent and achievements of NYU’s Venice Summer Studio Art graduates.

“I have had the great pleasure of working in the NYU Venice Summer MA in Studio Art program for the past six years,” said David Darts, current chair of the department. “I am dedicated to continuing the study abroad and art education legacy – a blending of theory, history, and art practice at the intersection of the ancient and contemporary worlds – that Professor Angiola Churchill developed and nurtured over the last 37 years.”

Join NYU Steinhardt and its NYU Venice alumni in celebrating and reflecting upon the legacy of Professor Angiola Churchill and the work of these students.

 

Recurrent – May 2011

Three Interpretations of the human figure – Pietrapiana / Josana Blue / Costain
May 5 through 19, 2011
Opening Reception
Thursday, May 5th 6-8pm

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AES Gallery is pleased to present “Recurrent”, an exhibition of paintings that explores the human figure by New York based artists Pietrapiana, Josana Blue and Costain.

The human figure has been a subject of constant interest for artists throughout the ages. With the use of line and color to give a physical form to the self, artists have embarked in a quest that has helped to continue asking the question of who we are, while keeping a visual record of that experience.

In “Recurrent”, artists Pietrapiana, Josana Blue and Costain retake that quest through three distinctive visual perspectives.

Pietrapiana’s warm colors and organic shapes create human figures longing for communion but isolated in a sea of individualism. The proximity of the forms simultaneously creates a sense of intimacy and oppression.

Josana Blue with her geometric shapes and strong use of color and line creates forms that present the human figure as an elegant and very sensual form alluring to her constant interest of blending fine arts and design.

Costain’s use of blurry lines and distorted forms represents an individual in constant flux. The forms come in and out of focus allowing the viewer to reflect on the essence of the self and our sense of permanency.

This exhibition is curated by AES Gallery (galleryaes.com) and exhibited at 2/20 Gallery.

2/20 Gallery
220 West 16th Street
New York, New York 10011
(212) 807-8348
www.220gallery.net
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 2-7pm or by appointment

 

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AES Gallery

44-02 23rd Street
Studio 507
Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: 347-249-7170
Email: info@galleryaes.com
Hours: By appointment only
Directions: Trains N – W to Queensboro Plaza. #7 train to 45th Rd- Court House Sq. or the E – V to 23rd St – Ely Ave. Three blocks south of the 59th Street Bridge in LIC.

This exhibition is partially sponsored by RT Restorations and Modern Art Foundry:
Modernartfoundry.com / Rtrestorations.com

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