Artist Statement

i love crowds.

the energy in the figures

have given me the opportunity to explore 

 degrees of abstraction, pattern and imagery.

inspired by light, movement,social interaction.

i want to infuse these elements into my art.

to portray a balance of realism 

combined with loose abstraction.

causing one to compliment the other.


images I paint are people.

at dances, carnivals, sporting events, concerts

in restaurants, classrooms, nursing homes 

on beaches, city streets, subways.  


many of these places brought fun and companionship. 

a chance to experience the same place, event 

with a group of strangers.  


2020 has brought the world to a standstill.

people around us are no longer accessible.

 places shared together are no longer safe. 

crowds of people have become dangerous. 

people have become divided and antagonistic .


one day

gatherings of large groups of people 

will be okay. 

yet, it will never be the same. 

crowds now will carry anxiety, fear and trepidation. 

©2019 Mj Lemanski