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Lydia Janssen

Spotlight Two

signed 'Lydia Janssen' on the reverse
oil, pastel and charcoal on linen
76.2 x 99.1 cm. (30 x 39 in.)
Executed in 2018.


S$10,500 - 12,000


New York, Susan Eley Gallery, Winter Selects, 10 January – 21 February 2019
Bali, Como Uma Ubud, Spotlight / Dance to Art, 8-10 March 2020


Ian Findlay-Brown, Dance to Art, Milano, 2019, pp. 127 (illustrated)

Catalogue Essay

Since moving to Ubud in Bali, Indonesia in August 2018, Lydia Janssen (b. 1976, United States)

has been investigating the psychological phenomenon known as the “Spotlight Effect”. The idea

of constantly being watched, or under a spotlight. Regular earthquakes shake the ground, and the
almost daily Balinese/Hindu ceremonies awaken the ever-present spirits. Coupled with the constant comings and goings of people, vehicles and animals, frazzled movement, upheaval and scrutiny are intensely felt. These conditions find themselves on Janssen's canvas in the form of faces and limbs, which are tangled, mangled and flowing over one another, as if in an improvisational dance.

Janssen’s works have been exhibited at the London Art Biennale, UK (2021), COMO Ubud, Indonesia (2020), Susan Eley Fine Art Gallery, New York (2019), REDSEA Gallery, Singapore (2018), The Asia Contemporary Art Fair, Hong Kong (2016), The Singapore Contemporary Art Fair,  Singapore (2016), The American Club, Singapore (2015), a solo show at the Susan Eley Fine Art Gallery, New York (2014), Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco Fair, California (2015), Cielo, New York (2008), Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA (2007), The Art Students League Gallery (2006), a solo show at the NACUL Center Gallery, Amherst, MA (2005), Asian Fusion Gallery, New York (2001), New York Academy of Art (1999), and Space Gallery, Bronxville, New York (1998), amongst others. Many of Janssen’s paintings are in private collections in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Courtesy of the Artist

and REDSEA Gallery


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