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Jan Karlton Untitled13 (cat&dog), 1988

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Branner Spangenberg Gallery

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Jan Karlton, Untitled13 (cat&dog)
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  • Medium

    Print : monotype

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    16 x 20 inch

  • Support

    Print on paper

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Authenticity

    Artwork sold with an invoice from the gallery

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  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    Jan Karlton 1939 - 1997

    “How are we to understand” and assess the accomplishment of an artist who dies suddenly, in what would otherwise be the middle of her career? Jan Karlton’s work was interrupted, her oeuvre was left unfinished, by a fatal accident in 1997. This singular fact overlays our view of her work, its tragedy inescapable. Yet time spent with that work reveals an arresting artistic vision that would assert itself irrespective of the poignancy that necessarily surrounds it.

    Karlton was a serious artist, an artist who worked hard for herself, an artist who was unafraid to reach deep into her psyche when the occasion demanded it. Although she herself made frequent references to artists from many different time periods, in her imagery, in her painting titles, and in her miscellaneous writings, I see her in her mature work as being essentially a spiritual heir of the German Expressionist tradition. Biting wit, a strong graphic impulse, and more than a pinch of angst inform her paintings, drawings, and prints. Whether painting people, animals, or, as she sometimes did, hybrids of the two, Karlton stripped her subjects to an essence and situated them in existential landscapes from which they peer out at us, ”Mutely demanding our recognition.”

    Michael Pauker
    Curator / Artist / Critic
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Origin: United States
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Jan Karlton

United States Born in: 1939

Jan Karlton was an accomplished artist and devoted mother and friend. Born Janice Marie Berthiaume in 1939, she moved with her mother, father, and three sisters numerous times throughout the United States. Jan eventually received her degree at the Maryland Institute for Art, and worked as an artist, drawing fashion models for New York department store advertisements. She was a passionate believer in no-nonsene accountability and responsibility. She loved her family, her friends. She held a special place in her heart for meerkats and house cats. Jan took pride in nourishing those in her life.


Jan was killed in an automobile accident in Canneli, Italy in the summer of 1997, along with her husband of 28 years, Phil Karlton, and longtime friend Rose-Marie Bröcking of Switzerland.


She is survived by her only child, David Karlton.

Laugh and the world laughs with you.
Cry and you get your t-shirt wet.

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