LYME, CT - Darien artist Jan Dilenschneider will exhibit more than 20 of her paintings at the Sill House Gallery here from October 7 to November 12.
Ms. Dilenschneider's exhibition is entitled "The 4th Dimension."
"The 4th Dimension" has nothing to do with brushes, canvases or scenes one observes, Ms. Dilenschneider said. Rather, “it is the emotion one feels looking at a painting. It is beyond the ‘impression’ one gets from Impressionism and Expressionism.”
Dilenschneider returns to Connecticut from Monaco where she was the only American artist asked to exhibit at the Principality’s European Art Fair Monaco.
Last year Dilenschneider had her third solo exhibition in Paris at the prestigious Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier, as well as a solo show at the Bellarmine Museum at Fairfield University in Connecticut. Her paintings were also featured at this spring's Art Paris Art Fair at the Grand Palais.
In Paris, Bertrand St. Vincent wrote about Mrs. Dilenschneider in La Figaro
"Dilenschneider expresses her artistic sensibility unhampered by the trends and tyrannies of the art market. She wields her brush with wild passion and tremulous elation, brings trees, flowers, grass and reeds to calm, majestic life...color is like a bird in her works, bringing enchantment wherever it lands."
“The 4th Dimension” will feature works by Dilenschneider that were inspired by the rapidly changing landscape near her home on Long Island Sound in Darien, Conn. Her juxtaposition of bold colors, gesture, freedom and strong movement across a canvas are a mixing of Impressionism and Expressionism, yet carry the viewer beyond both.
She is known for painting two works simultaneously, which she believes keeps the canvas fresh and spontaneous. Her innovative use of, squeegees, rubber and metal spatulas and her fingertips to create swirling patterns evoke both movement and harmony. Using bold, strong strokes, she considers herself to be an Expressionist, who loves the color palette of the Impressionists.
To prepare for her show at the Sill House Gallery, Dilenschneider has visited Lyme on several occasions to paint and photograph the same landscapes that inspired the American Impressionists. She plans to capture the spirit of their art, incorporating it into her own modern interpretation that conveys the emotion of the moment along with the bold, gestural, abstract paintings so popular with the Expressionists.
Another theme she plans to explore is the impact of global warming on familiar landscapes that are rapidly transforming due to extreme temperatures and climate change. Dilenschneider believes that artists have a platform to draw attention to the potential destruction of the beautiful vistas found in Lyme.
As part of the exhibition Dilenschneider will present a lecture about the work of American Impressionists and the importance Lyme played in providing an environment that was both inspirational and nurturing. She will touch on the role Florence Griswold played in transforming her family home into a boarding house for artists who celebrated Lyme’s distinctive sense of place in their work.
In addition to her career as an artist, Dilenschneider serves on the Connecticut Arts Council. She is also on the boards of Catholic Charities and the Family Center of Greenwich, Connecticut. She is a philanthropist who started The Janet Hennessy Dilenschneider Rescue Fund Award in the Arts, which is administered by the Institute of International Education. The first scholar is a Syrian artist who, with the Fund’s help, was able to relocate her family have to New Jersey, where the artist is now a professor at Montclair State University and has applied for political asylum. An Iraqi scholar is the second recipient and he is currently undertaking his fellowship in Jordan. Both artists work rescued will be featured in the upcoming Christie's auction, "Untitled."