Janssen Artspace features abstract and contemporary paintings and photography by emerging and established artists.
The Fanssen Artspace also houses life drawing and painting workshops and is the home of gallery owner Steven Janssen’s studio. Janssen’s atmospheric works of art reflect the colors of the desert blooms. Janssen works with acrylics, and uses water washes to build an atmosphere. Layers and layers of brightly colored paint including 15 at a time are applied. The finished pieces are collected by Palm Springs residents as well as Hollywood celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Lucy Liu, Michael T. Weiss, Brian Bowen Smith, and Kevin Mazer.
Janssen Artspace is open, airy with an abundance of artistic energy. It is located inside The Welmas Building designed by renown architect Donald Wexler in the early 60’s.
A native Angelino, Steven Janssen has been painting since the young age of 4. Throughout his elementary and high school years he won numerous awards for student exhibitions. His first formal group showing was at the Otis Parson School of Design (now known as Parsons School of Design). Janssen attended California State University at Long Beach where he studied life drawing and painting. After leaving college he began working for a small production company in the art department. While there he learned the craft of scenic painting and prop making on productions for Showtime, TLC, ABC and The Golden Globes telecast.
Drawn back to the canvas, Janssen befriended a small network of painters that served to inspire him. Upon observing their individual dedication and personal styles, Janssen soon developed his own. Combining the human form with organic abstract movement with a hint of eroticism soon became his signature style. Numerous gallery exhibits followed, gaining collectors over the years.
In the following years, Janssen focused solely on his art and found the perfect art studio in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. His work was featured in Architectural Digest and House Beautiful magazines.
The Janssen Artspace is open and airy and located in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. “Opening the gallery will be a fantastic way to bring the two art communities of Los Angeles and Palm Springs together.”
He and his partner, Stephen Huvane, have homes in Palm Springs and Los Angeles. For Janssen, Palm Springs is a very special place. “To be an artist in the desert is such a beautiful thing,” he says. “There is such a connection between nature and your soul that you cannot find anywhere else.”
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