Jan Cunningham


who I am

I am a painter and a photographer.

what I do

My practice as an artist grows out of a close reading of my surroundings. 

why I do what I do

Looking at the world, I find a sense of precarious poise when two or more seemingly contradictory ideas (light, color, shape, proportion) are juxtaposed with one another and brought briefly into accord. On the canvas or in the photograph, this moment is located spatially, and can create a taut and delicate tension where the precise and lyrical are one. This tension, between precision and poetry, and their necessary interdependence, is compelling and sustaining. It is my hope to make present these moments of equilibrium, rhythms of disclosure, and the different realities that I discover in the act of looking. I hope that these discoveries, evolving over time, will prompt a recognition on the part of the viewer, as they have in me. 

what I have done as an artist besides making paintings and photographs

Central to my understanding of myself as an artist and as a painter, I have earned degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, Painting 1979) and the Yale University School of Art (MFA, Painting 1985). Critical to my understanding of myself as a young working artist, I was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire (1985), and at Yaddo, in Saratoga Springs, New York (1989, 1990). Essential to my work and growth as a photographer, I was a Yale University Art Gallery Doran/LeWitt Artist in Residence in Spoleto and Praiano, Italy (2012). In 2005, the Museum of East Texas, in Lufkin, Texas, where I was born, held a generous survey exhibition of my paintings and drawings from the previous decade. I live and work in New Haven, Connecticut. I am represented by the Anita Rogers Gallery in New York. Considerations. New Paintings opens November 14, 2018.



Represented by Anita Rogers