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“Janet Kruskamp treats her subjects in a very realistic manner,
differentiated from super-realism in that she upholds the elements of
classical humanism. She is a realist without the brittleness of a photographer
or a poster painter. The deliberate sureness of her style is coupled with
a masterly use of color which is both temperate and subtle. Children depicted
in soft tones stand before a gray wall animated by grafitti; we see a
section of railroad track; a view of the front garden and porch of a frame
house is shown in brilliant summer sunlight. One savors the delicate tones
of her presentation, full of restraint. If one sought an equivalent of
this painting style familiar to French collectors, one might think of
those realists led by Henri Cadious, or of painters such as Edith Auffry
or Yvel. But, what is most manifest in Janet Kruskamp is the simplicity
of her themes, the plain subjects and forms which she employs. Such elements
relate her strongly to the American art tradition.”
"Kruskamp is a realist painter in the old tradition. She excels in details of aging nature and man’s constructions in it (such as old fences, dilapidated chairs, and rusting metal) which have aged so long outdoors they have become a part of it. Her’s is not wild nature. It is the backyard with wildflowers, the orchard at the edge of the lot, the pea patch, the sun scortched hill where cattle graze.
She shifts freely between egg tempera and oils, achieving her finest effect with tempera. Tempera produces enamel like surfaces which will not discolor with age as oils may . . . The white gessoed surface reflecting through the pigment gives luminosity, a quality of glowing light to finished paintings. One feels one can look down into the layers of paint.
Kruskamp makes optimum use of its qualities in studies of light and shadow-bits of dried hay scattered confetti like over a barn floor, the sun reflecting against old metal, or being absorbed into weathered barn boards. Her brand of romantic realism extends even to a study of thistles growing up under rusting railroad tracks, focusing, as many of her studies do, on a common place and often overlooked facet of nature, and showing it to be beautiful."
“…Mirrors are for viewing the present and looking over the shoulder at the past. Janet Kruskamp sees both in her oil and egg tempera paintings at the Springville Art Museum. These are not sentimental accounts of American life distorted by vague recall. Her brush, like a mirror, begins with new and lines up in good perspective a sense of yesterday.
Inspired in part, no doubt, by the recent Bicentennial celebration, the canvases take on the task of finding the utilities that make up a great nation. The Los Gatos, California artist who traveled more than 25,000 miles in search of America, has a perceptive eye and hand.
Her work, in addition to its artistic skill, appeals to concerns that escape any but the most sensitive essayist…”
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