Jane Fine

1. I first met Harry Roseman in Provincetown, Massachusetts. I was on a panel discussion with a number of other artists, each of us talking about a favorite painting. Harry came up to me after the talk, introduced himself, and asked me if I would be interested in applying for a teaching job at Vassar. I believe (Harry, do you remember????) this was approximately the spring of 2000.

2. I was born in New York City. Went to Harvard. Got a degree. Went to Boston Museum School. Learned a lot about painting there. Moved back to New York City in 1983. In 1986, fell in love with a wonderful painter, James Esber in 1986 soon after we both moved to Williamsburg. As of 2007, we’ve been married for ages and have a 5 year old son.

In my work, the painted field is a battlefield, located on the border between figuration and abstraction. It is a place where hard-edged painting has delivered a sucker punch to biomorphic abstraction; figure and ground are dueling; there is a food fight between drawing and painting; and every form is in danger of melting away in the brightly-hued goo of dripping acrylic.

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