Jane Lawton Baldridge
Mixed media artist, Jane Lawton Baldridge has a comprehensive body of work belonging conceptually and contextually to five series: 'Tides & Currents', 'Revolution', 'Reflections' and 'Sail Away' . Her most recent works 'Erosion & Alchemy' reflect upon her love and respect for water. Naturally, the predominant color in these abstract works is blue, connecting the artist’s practice with an extensive legacy of artworks from antiquity to post-modernity.
"Jane's works are full of life. Masterfully combined hues make up fluid compositions which like water carry the viewer's eye in a back and forth, wave-like motion across the corners of the canvas. The works have a painterly quality adding a calming effect and indeed, gazing at each canvas brings up a similar feeling of fixedly looking at the ocean which is also Jane's main inspiration."
Although her images supply the viewer with an abstract backdrop for resting their relaxing thoughts on, Jane's pieces are also an engaging attempt to bring to mind environmental issues and our species' non-reciprocal attitude towards the life-giving element of water. In her own words, "As sea levels rise and powerful storms erode the landscape, lack of moral compass erodes society." In this sense, the works in Jane Lawton Baldridge's 'Erosion & Alchemy' series can be seen as a visual metaphor for the decadent course humans have taken; far from - if not against - our own nature and our neglected responsibility toward this ecosystem which has nourished our existence.
Jane has shown in Lincoln Center, Times Square, the Louvre, Museum of Computer Art, Mint Museum, Cameron Museum of Art, Fayetteville Museum of Art, World Festival of Art on Paper (Slovenia) and has a piece of art in the Library of Congress.
“Being a creative requires being somewhat fearless. Unafraid to make something new and so different no one understands what it is.”
Jane was taught by John Mandel and influenced by Douglas Huebler and John Baldessari, at California Institute of Art. Arthur Turner at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, taught her to try multiple mediums and to keep the creative ideas flowing.
She is a licensed boat captain and lived on a boat with her husband and their dog. They have settled in Stuart where she now has a beautiful studio. She watches how the water moves, how it sculpts shorelines as well as deposits sand or takes it away.
“I am passionate about the planet, especially the ocean, rivers and bays. I have a profound respect for the power of water and wind.”
- 8th Annual “Open 2018, Special Merit Award, Light Space Time Gallery
- Abstracts 2018 Art Exhibition, Special Recognition, Light, Space & Time,
- All Women 2017 Art Exhibition, Special Merit Award, Light Space Time Gallery
- 2016 Seascapes, Light Space Time, 3rd Overall, 2nd Painting Division plus a Special Merit for a second work
- October 2016 "ALL Colors" Paintings (5), Contemporary Art Gallery Online
- 7th 2016 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner
- 2016 Two Person Show, All About Art, Bald Head Island, NC
- 2016 The Beauty of Art Collection, 4 Times Square, New York, NY
- 2015 Fifth Annual Exposure Photography Award, Musee de Louvre, Paris 2015
- 2013 All Photography Light Space Time, Special Recognition 2013
- 2013 4th Art Contest, Artavita, Honorable Mention 2013
- Azure Afternoon, New Elements Gallery, Wilmington, NC 2012
- Jane Lawton Baldridge, Art @ 211, Southport, NC 2012
- Art Takes Times Square, New York, NY 2012
- State of the Art of the State, Cameron Art Museum 2011