Janis Marckstein

Janis Porter Marckstein, a Texas native, explores a wide range of emotions and attitudes in paintings that reflect life’s simplicity and complexity, while celebrating its joy and occasionally lamenting its sorrows. She begins her paintings using photo-realism techniques and then suddenly departs from them in unexpected ways. Her recent work, for example, includes larger-than-life studies of simple objects that offer viewers the opportunity to perceive strength in a workman’s glove and experience life in a bucket. She also selects certain studies to transform into abstract paintings. Moving from the perceptual to the conceptual, the artist exposes viewers to the beauty in a dab of rust and helps them discover truth in the curve of a pumpkin. 

 

A natural realist whose art education took place during the heyday of abstract expressionism, Marckstein was warned upon graduation that the worst thing she could do as an artist would be to “go to Austin, Texas, and paint bluebonnets.” So that’s exactly what she did. Then, with a passion for still life, she spent four years in the studio tirelessly honing her technique. Soon galleries began to seek her out. Today, her work offers an enticing surface abstraction when viewed up close, along with a distinctly realist image from farther back. While her painting begins with an 8-by-10 photo for reference, shortly in the process, she explains, Marckstein abandons the photo and goes “off on my own path, my own little adventure.”

Iris
Iris

Oil | 48 x 52 | 9JPM131 | $5400

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Tulip
Tulip

Oil | 48 x 60 | 9JPM130 | $5000

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Red Banner
Red Banner

Oil | 48 x 36 | 9JPM139 | $4800

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Rusted Relic
Rusted Relic

Oil | 30 x 40 | 9JPM118 | $4000

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Gourds
Gourds

Oil | 60 x 48 | 9JPM158 | Sold

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Cupcake
Cupcake

Oil | 20 x 16 | 9JPM160 | $1225

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Cupcake 2
Cupcake 2

Oil | 16 x 12 | 9JPM193 | $700

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Sweet Six
Sweet Six

Oil | 48 x 48 | 9JPM172 | $5400

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Lone Cone
Lone Cone

Oil | 16 x 20 | 9JPM153 | $1250

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Drama Cones
Drama Cones

Oil | 24 x 18 | 9JPM155 | $1600

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Peppermint & Licorice
Peppermint & Licorice

Oil | 20 x 16 | 9JPM132 | $1350

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Jelly Beans & Gummi Worms
Jelly Beans & Gummi Worms

Oil | 16 x 16 | 9JPM149 | $950

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The Shadow Rose
The Shadow Rose

Oil | 24 x 24 | 9JPM195 | $1600

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Gerber Daisies
Gerber Daisies

Oil | 60 x 62 | 9JPM137 | Sold

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Triple Threat
Triple Threat

Oil | 36 x 48 | 9JPM173 | $4500

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Venus
Venus

Oil | 48 x 50 | 9JPM152 | $6250

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Roses On The Rocks
Roses On The Rocks

Oil | 48 x 36 | 9JPM194 | $4500

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Zen Series: Honey Crisp
Zen Series: Honey Crisp

Oil | 12 x 12 | 9JPM155 | $650

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