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Jan Lassetter Works Biography

Jan Lassiter

In my earliest years I pursued German Expressionism and Abstract Expressionism which gradually evolved into Abstraction and finally Realism.

Since my images came from natural forms, it was a natural progression to the landscape.  My fascination with the land-scene, its awesome space, grandeur, solitude and spirituality kept me committed until I moved my studio to Oakland near the estuary.

I have been inspired by the complexity and beauty of marine-industrial images.  Adding machinery to the land-scenes has been as exciting process of discovery and immense artistic growth and development.

To capture a “sense of place”, different elements from many studies are combined to make a composition.  Canaletto, among others, inspired me to paint these scenes with realistic detail and a meticulous working procedure.  The edges are soft and blended with images developed by applying many thin layers of oil paint.  Working on top of a dark alkyd under-painting, more depth, luminosity, vibrancy and intensity of color are achieved.  Directional light, specific times of day with reflections or double images are as important to me as a classical central focal point on the canvas. I like the juxtaposition of hard, dense solid metal/wood against soft, fluid, translucent sky/water.

Reflections or double images add another dimension and more interest to a composition.

The animate urban “marine scenes” have a similar spiritualism and spatial quality as the earlier and, now, later “land scenes”.  Having come almost full circle, I am again painting land scenes, but, which are very different from the earlier ones.  They are much more defined and technically complex after a decade of having paid such close attention to detail in the “marine-scenes”.  Paradoxically, the “marine-scenes” are a timely visual documentation of the area and industry while the land-scenes are a visual interpretation of the place and space rendered.


2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019:

Wood River Valley Studio Tour Sun Valley, Idaho – Special Recognition

2011   Triton Museum of Art, Group Exhibition, Santa Clara, CA

2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014       Winfield Gallery, Group Exhibition, Carmel, CA

2002   Oakland Art Museum, Scene in Oakland 1852-2000, Oakland, CA

2001   Bernarducci-Meisel Gallery, Solo Exhibit New York, NY

1999   Coplan Gallery, Group Exhibition, Boca Raton, Florida

1998-1999     Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York, NY

1995, 1996, 1997, 1998      Bruce R. Lewin Gallery, Group Exhibition New York, NY

1994   Bank of America Headquarters, Solo Exhibit, San Francisco, CA

1993-1994     Hewlett-Packard Corporation, Palo Alto, CA

1993   William Sawyer Gallery, Tribute Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA

1992   Pacific Telesis, Group Exhibition, Walnut Creek, CA

1992   Oakland Art Museum Collector’s Gallery, Group Exhibition, Oakland, CA

1992   Port of Oakland, Group Exhibition Oakland, CA

1992   Saint Francis Hospital Foundation, Solo Exhibit, San Francisco, CA

1991   Modernism Gallery, Group Exhibition    San Francisco, CA

1991   Tortue Gallery, Solo Exhibit, Santa Monica, CA

1991   San Diego Museum of Art, Cityscapes Group Exhibition, San Diego, CA

1990   Hubbard Museum, American Masters Invitational, Ruidoso, NM

1990   CCAC, Contemporary Realist Painting, Oakland, CA

1990-1991     American Masters, Moscow, Russia and Berlin, Germany

1988   Boise Art Museum, New Acquisitions Group Exhibition, Boise, ID

1988   Modernism Gallery, Solo Exhibit, San Francisco, CA

1987   Gallery Henoch, Group Exhibition, New York, NY

1985   Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Art Parts, Santa Barbara, CA

1985, Monterey Museum of Art, Art Parts, Monterey, CA

1985, William Sawyer Gallery, Solo Exhibit, San Francisco, CA

1985   William Sawyer Gallery, American Realism, San Francisco, CA

1983   Sun Valley Art Center Gallery, Group Exhibition, Sun Valley, ID

1983   Park Gallery, Solo Exhibit, Louisville, Kentucky

1982   Janus Gallery, Solo Exhibit, Santa Fe, NM

1981   CA State Fair, Honorable Mention Sacramento, CA

1980   San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Art Parts, San Francisco, CA

1980   Palo Alto Cultural Center, Art Parts, Palo Alto, CA

1979   Boise Art Museum, Biennial Competition Boise, ID

1978   John Pence Gallery, Solo Exhibit, San Francisco, CA

1976, 1977    Boise Art Museum, Idaho Annual Competition, Boise, ID

1967   M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA

1967   San Francisco Art Gallery, Solo Exhibit, San Francisco, CA

1960   High Museum of Art, Solo Exhibit, Atlanta, GA

1959-1960     U.S.I.S. Tour to America Hauses, Germany



Albertson’s Food Corp., Boise, Idaho

American Club, Hong Kong

A.P. Moller Shipping, Copenhagen, Denmark

Bishop Estate, Honolulu, Hawaii

Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho

Castle & Cook Corp., Honolulu, Hawaii

Crocker Bank, San Francisco, CA

Dodge Cox Stock, San Francisco, CA

Mr. & Mrs. Hugh Foster, San Francisco, CA

Eileen Rockefeller Growald, Private Collection

El Paso Museum of Fine Art,El Paso, TX

Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco, CA

Glenn C. Janss, Collection of American Realism

Goldman Sachs, Dallas, TX

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Lomas & Nettleton, Dallas, TX

Lyndon Johnson Library, Austin, TX

McGraw Hill, New York, NY

Manulife Financial, Boston, MA

Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA

Monterey Savings & Loan, Monterey, CA

Morrison-Knudson Corp. , Boise, ID

Oakland Art Museum, Oakland, CA

Port of Oakland , Oakland, CA

Refugee Commission, Bonn, Germany

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

State of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii

Sunshine Mines, Kellogg, Idaho

United First Federal Savings & Loan, Boise, Idaho

University of Rochester Museum, Rochester, New York

Wells Fargo Bank, San Francisco, CA

4711 Cologne, Cologne, Germanyorn

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