Jane Dell "Black &White of It"

Jane Dell “Black &White of It”

Jane R. Dell’s current series of mixed media paintings on Mylar attempts to address human behavior and the various external forces that influence it. Her work addresses, among other things, the expressive and metaphorical potential of scale, along with the poetics of space. To quote the artist, “This genre exposes my personal attitude towards the world around us and is a launching point for this ongoing theme of work. The materials I use are acrylic paint, various mediums, watercolor ink, graphite, selected photo images, glitter, fabric, and handmade stencils and textured mono printing plates.” Jane’s emphasis on color, surface, texture and shape can result in unexpected visual surprises, in which the viewer is confronted with the juxtaposition of wildly different image types.

 By Zachary Ritter



Artist Statement


The concept of opposites came about as a result of my current paintings about animals and the human destruction of their habitats and the environment. Developers vs. preservationists, predators vs. prey, animal instincts and human behavior, one group or idea vs. another, they’re all opposites.

Opposites are everywhere. In nature, art, religion, science, commerce, morality even in the way we orient ourselves to the world. In fact they are nothing less than one of most basic tools we have to comprehend the world and process information that determines how we behave and live.

To acknowledge opposites causes us to think. For example, comparing morality in terms of good and bad, requires defining what both concepts mean. And much of our interaction as people is determined by our concepts of male and female. As a result of the powerful hold over our behavior and activities and its underlying structural dynamic of conflict opposites has limitless possibilities. 



“Synthesis” New Brunswick Art Salon 2012 Part II 


“Infinite Layers” New Brunswick Art Salon 2013 Part II Water Color Exhibition



  • Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York-, B.F.A.- Painting/Printmaking Major
  • Parsons School of Design, New York City-, textile design and fabric arts
  • School of Visual Arts, New York City-, graphic design, illustration and printmaking


Solo Exhibitions

  • 2010 Gallery at First, First Presbyterian Church, 5th Ave. and 12 Streets, NYC
  • 2007 Creative Center Gallery, Chelsea, 147 W. 26th St., NYC-Performances Series
  • 2006 Bergdorf Cultural Center, Maplewood, NJ-Jazz with Abstraction
  • 2005 Block Gallery, Montclair, NJ-Performances Series– acrylic/mixed media paintings
  • 1996 P.S. 122 Gallery, New York City, New York-Fossil Forms
  • 1980 Pratt Institute Gallery, Brooklyn, NY-Paintings and prints


Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 Virginia Block Gallery,  “Rendering Green” 33 Plymouth Rd., Montclair, NJ
  NJ Art Incubator Gallery, UNEMERGED curator/artist, 495 Prospect Ave., West Orange, NJ
  12th Annual Gaelen Gallery Juried Art Show, Whippany, NJ
  Iron Works Gallery, 406 Tompkins Street, Orange, NJ-“Missing Pieces”
  M.T. Gallery, Surf City, NJ-Summer Show
2010 Studio Montclair Block Gallery “Animal” Show, Montclair, N.J.
  Arts Council of the Morris Area, Morristown, NJ-“Whimsy”, Mary Kate O’Hare, curator of the Newark Museum.
  1978 Gallery, Maplewood, NJ-Group Show
2009 Pierro Gallery-Essex Exposed -South Orange, NJ  (juror-Patterson Sims)
  City Without Walls Gallery Benefit –juried show, Newark, NJ
  Gallery 225, NYC, NY
  Pro Arts, Jersey City Drawing Exhibition
  Creative Center Artists Website
2008 Mona Lisa Gallery, Maplewood, NJ
  Fairmount Art Crawl, Seek Sanctuary, Philadelphia, Pa.
  Matt Burton Gallery, Long Beach Island, NJ
2007 White Space Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  1978 Gallery, Maplewood, NJ
2006 City Without Walls Gallery Small Works Metro Juried Show, Newark, NJ
  First Presbyterian Church Gallery, 5th Ave. NYC
2005 Summer Invitational Salon Show, Griffen Gallery, Madison, NJ
  Artist Tour Exhibit-Baird Art Center, South Orange, NJ
  Anguish and Angst- juried show at the 1978 Gallery, Maplewood, NJ
  The Art Gallery at Classic Framing, Salon Benefit Show, Maplewood, NJ
  Project Diversity, Pratt Institute and Sky Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2004 Art Market 2004,Montclair State University Gallery, National Juried Art Show
  1978 Gallery, 1978 Springfield Ave..Maplewood, NJ
  Maplewood/South Orange Artist Studio Tour
  Studio Montclair Juried Show @ Montclair Public Library, Montclair,  NJ                           
2003 Kling Gallery, Studio Montclair Group Exhibition, Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ
  1978 Gallery-Strategies of Expression, Juried Art Show, Maplewood, NJ  
  Gallery 31 North, Invitational Juried Show, Glengarden, NJ
  Clifton Fine Art Gallery, Invitational Juried Show, Clifton, NJ
  1978 Gallery, Group Show, Maplewood NJ-Press Coverage, Star Ledger,NJ
2001 20th National Traveling Small Works Show- City Without Walls Gallery                    
  National 2001 Juried Show-Cooperstown Art Assoc., Cooperstown, N.Y.
  Visions/Revisions Exhibition – City Without Walls Gallery,Newark, N.J.
1999 City Without Walls Gallery Juried Member’s Show, Newark, N.J. 
  RC Arts Gallery, Maplewood, N.J.-Collage Constructions
1998 The Independents’ Biennial #4 Charas/El Bohio, curators, Curtis and Amando Perez, New York,N.Y.
1997 CWE Exhibit. Interart Theater Annex, 560 West 54th St., NYC
1996 The Curtis and Armando Perez, New York, N.Y. Independents Biennial #3 Charas/ El Bohio, curator
1994 Art Initiatives, 148 Duane St. N.Y.C.  
1990 Show of Hands Gallery, Incorporated  Gallery and Wheeler/Seidel Gallery- SoHo, New York


Awards and Grants

  • 2011   JCC Gaelen Annual Juried Show-Honorable Mention for painting
  • 2004   Byrdcliff Arts Colony, Woodstock Guild, awarded summer artist-in-residence
  • 1998   New Jersey Center for Visual Arts-Honorable Mention
  • 1996   Honorable Mention-South Orange Gallery (Pierro Gallery), N.J.
  • 1990   First Prize-McGraw-Hill Annual Art Show,N.Y.C.
  • 1971   Dean’s List-Pratt Institute


The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF)-first edition 2010

New York Times Local Blog (interview of current work-Nancy Tobin)-


November 13, 2003 StarLedger, In The Towns – Carmen Juri-Critic

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