Raw Painting


ARTIST PROFILE

How Hard Work, Experimentation & Grief Led Jane Ann Kantor to Become An Artist

We need to talk about Jane Ann Kantor. Out of nowhere, the Charlotte painter popped into Burlington’s art scene in 2010 with a small showing during the South End Art Hop at a high-end used furniture store on Main Street. “I was painting these colorful, simple dog and cat paintings and they all sold,” recalled the artist. By 2013, she was showing paintings all over town and took 3rd place at the annual South End Art Hop Juried Show. That year is particularly notable because the juror was esteemed Chelsea gallerist, Pavel Zoubok. Today, Kantor is one of Vermont’s most promising and talented painters. Her newest series, “Raw”, is forceful, blending photo transfers and street-art inspired abstract painting—think urban detritus—into a poignant essay on grief and the relentless tension between life and death. And yet, by all accounts, this registered nurse, wife, and mother shouldn’t be an artist at all.

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The “Graffiti” series is a strong collection of paintings and yet Kantor spoke of them at the time, not as an artist comfortable with herself but as someone having a good time. She wrote, “I enjoy constructing and deconstructing layers of paint as well as incorporating the graphic nature of letters, numbers and symbols to create an emotionally driven painting.”


These are experiences I rarely discuss but have had a huge impact on my life and influenced that work,” she said. “To me, feeling raw occurs when something in the present, usually subconsciously, reminds you of something psychologically difficult from the past. My life experiences have made me feel raw.”

Each issue of Vermont Art Guide has over a hundred places to see art around the state. The full-color, printed magazine has artist and venue profiles as well as articles and news about Vermont Art. Our goal is to document and share the state’s incredible art scene.

This article appeared in Vermont Art Guide #4.
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Jane Ann Kantor has exhibited in Burlington’s South End Art Hop every year since 2010. She was juried into Burlington’s Art’s Alive Festival of Fine Art in 2013 and 2016 and the Chaffee Invitational New Juried Artists Show in 2013. She has also exhibited at Dostie Bros Frame Shop, Dealer.com, The Daily Planet, The SPACE Gallery, Axel’s Gallery and Frame Shop, UVM Medical Center and the Maltex Building (curated by Burlington City Arts), and many other venues in the Greater Burlington Area. Contact her at www.janeannkantor.com.

Image: (top)
Find Your Way Back
by Jane Ann Kantor
24″x24″
mixed media on cradled panel

Image: (center)
Untitled from the “Graffiti” series
by Jane Ann Kantor
24″x24″
mixed media on panel