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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Jeanette Fintz

An abstract painter, arts writer and curator, she resides and paints in Surprise, New York in the upper Hudson River Valley.

Ms. Fintz was born in Brooklyn NY, educated at Queens College, The New York Studio School and Boston University.  She has exhibited her work internationally, starting in 1979 in New York City.

Ms. Fintz received her MFA from Boston Universtiy SFA (1975 ), and her BA from Queens College CUNY(1972).  She attended the New York Studio School ( 1972-73 ) and received a scholarship to the Skowhegan School in 1975.

Selected Grants and Awards:
2008  The Emil & Dines Carlsen Award for Painting given by the National Academy of Design
2005  Sudden Opportunity Stipend, NYFA, Arts Center for the Capitol Region
1993The New York State Individual Artist Fellowship, Works on Paper
1990 E.D. Foundation Award,  Painting
1984  Ludwig Vogelstein Grant, Painting
1984  Artist Space Exhibition Grant
1980  The Ingram Merrill Award, Painting

Ms Fintz has been teaching in Foundations in Core Studies at Parsons, The New School for Design in NYC for nine years and taught painting & drawing at SUNY, Purchase for 12 years.

Ms Fintz’s Residencies /Fellowships include: The  MacDowell Colony, The Millay Colony for the Arts, The Ucross Foundation, Altos De Chavon & Ossabaw Island Project.

Jeanette’s selected Visiting Artist spots include Art New England, Bennington College, Bennington,  VT; Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; Illinois State University, Normal, IL; Hobart & Wm. Smith Colleges, Geneva NY.

"My paintings evolve in a space between planning and chance, systems and spontaneity, conveying contradictions that I view as metaphors for maneuvering through “real “life. In this work I play a fairly high stakes game of improvisation around a motif. Using a working method akin to jazz, I counterpoint systematically repeated elliptical shapes against gestural pours and drips and something unexpected emerges. I am drawn to create complexity, and challenged to unify multiple layers through the physicality of the paint, which fuses and knits together, as well as, ultimately, through the power of color to stabilize & resolve.The ellipse, which is hypnotic and spatial in repetition, and monumental, but not static as a shape unto itself, embodies references to nature and to the decorative arts which are both alluded to in the paintings (the egg, the mirror, the vulva, or the shield). Dynamic visual rhythms, in these pieces, the momentum of the repetitive ellipse, are typical of my work and help to maintain order within complexity. Their sources for me are both musical, notably the polyrhythms of Latin jazz, Brazilian and East Indian music, and are also derived from the decorative arts, particularly textiles. The latter have been a source of excitement, often contributing a playful aspect to the paintings. I intentionally disturb the regularity of pattern, encouraging discordance & uniqueness, and then bring it back home after finding another by - way to work things through.

Color is my most intuitive source of inspiration, connecting me to nature; It is also, ironically, my most passionately calculated element. In the primal struggle among sometimes apparently random components, subtly modulated color clarifies purpose, builds context, and holds the structure together."

Sources include:
Windham Fine Arts
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