The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center will be celebrating its 5-year anniversary this season, and for its September exhibit, SBDAC is presenting a retrospective including many of the artists who have exhibited at the Davis over the years. Among the fifty artists represented in the show is internationally-acclaimed local artist Marcus Jansen.
Born in 1968 in Manhattan, New York City, Marcus Jansen was educated in Europe during his young adult years. He studied Design and Commercial Painting at the Berufskolleg fur Technik ind Medien, Monchengladbach, Germany, in 1985. After his first year, he rejected the school's teaching methods and instead joined the U.S. Armed Forces in 1989. Jansen was assigned in 1991 to combat duty in Iraq during the First Gulf War, and was diagnosed with PTSD in 1992. He was discharged in 1997 and transformed his life from soldier to one of America's leading expressionist painters on the international art scene.
After eight years in the military, he started selling his paintings on Prince Street & Broadway in Manhattan. Seven years later in 2003, Jansen was discovered by art historian Jerome A. Donson. At MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art in New York), Donson organized travelling exhibitions and had worked closely with action painters including Jackson Pollack, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauchenberg and Jasper Johns. In his forward to Jansen's first book, Donson describes Jansen's work as "reminiscent of the Ash-Can School," while referring to Jansen as the "innovator of Modern Expressionism."
Since then, Jansen's work has received considerable local, national and international acclaim. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art in Russia, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Smithsonian Institution. It has been exhibited at international art fairs including Art Chicago and Art Basel in Miami Beach, and will be exhibited in October by his European representative, Maria Bianca Rizzi & Matthias Ritter Gallery in Milan, Italy, at Art Verona International Art Fair. The fair is a prelude to a solo museum show in Italy in 2014.
Jansen's paintings have garnered favorable reviews in Art News, Art in America, The Boston Globe and The New York Times. Jansen is also one of the Absolut Vodka artists, joining iconic artists like Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Keith Haring. Just recently, Jansen's Pink Zebra on Edge was one of only 123 works out of 1,226 submissions to be juried into the Fleurieu Art Prize in South Australia. In December of 2012, Jansen won the Dave Bown Projects Award, and started off 2013 with a win a few weeks later at the Aesthetica Art Prize in the United Kingdom. In March, 2013, Jansen received a special merit award at the March, 2013 Art Laguna Art Prize in Venice, Italy, where he was the only American painter selected by the show's prestigious international panel of jurors.
Marcus was first introduced to the Southwest Florida art community at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in May, 2011 in the popular solo exhibition, A Painter's Allegory. He subsequently founded UNIT A Contemporary Art Space in downtown Fort Myers, and his work will be auctioned at the international auction house Phillips de Pury, Moscow and Geneva, in 2014, representing an important milestone in his career for museums and private collectors.
You can see a sample of Jansen's work in the Davis Art Center retrospective, which opens Friday, September 6, in conjunction with Art Walk.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is part art gallery, part performing arts center and part art, music and theater school. During its inaugural 2009-2010 season, over 65,000 guests visited the Art Center. In addition, its outreach programs were presented to thousands of children through area schools, at-risk organizations and hospitals. Today, SBDAC regularly recruits award-winning artists who have performed worldwide at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in its ongoing mission to provide elite programming to all of Southwest Florida which includes concerts, theatrical performances, dance, independent film, art exhibits and cotillion.
For more information, please telephone 239-333-1933 or visit http://www.sbdac.com.