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About JMF


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About JMF



BIOGraphy

 

Janavi M Folmsbee wants to live in a world where we can close our eyes and imagine a painting into creation. Born in Mumbai, India, in 2005 Janavi moved to the U.S. to study at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her Bachelor in Fine Arts. As an artist, she has shown her work in India, Beijing and Europe. Her work has been featured in international fairs like Kunst Rai and Art Rotterdam and in articles in print media such as Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia edition), The Times of India, Verve INDIA & Houston Modern Luxury.

When Janavi is not in her studio creating new work or off on a scuba diving adventure in an exciting location like the Maldives or Turks and Caicos, you can find her visiting The Cy Twombly Gallery at the Menil Collection  in Houston or writing in a new café that she may have stumbled upon.

Janavi currently lives and works in Houston. This year she has begun to work with various conservation organizations such as the Galveston Bay Foundation and continues to grow her relationships with several others to help with Marine Conservation through Art. You can find out more about her work by visiting Janavi and emailing questions to jmf@janavimfolmsbee.com.

Crawford Market, mumbai, Photo taken by JMF.  " I have colorful memories of this place and the people there. - JMF"

Crawford Market, mumbai, Photo taken by JMF.  " I have colorful memories of this place and the people there. - JMF"


 

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ARTIST STATEMENT


ARTIST STATEMENT


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Janavi M Folmsbee has moved between countries and cities to find her own space in this world. After crossing continents, this hunt has propelled her to search in an element that is vast and extensive. Water. In the ocean Janavi has discovered a space that is the closest she has come to finding what she has been looking for.

She formulates spaces through a blend of visual representational painting and abstraction. Her works reflect the experiences she has on her worldwide scuba diving adventures. The placidity of her artworks reflect silence, despite the vibrant use of colors inspired by the fish she encounters while diving. The ethereal, intricate shapes in her work invite us into something very private, a viewing specifically made and created for us. The placement of these odd beings creates a feeling of closeness, as if the characters are living in their own world and space but are somehow in ours. Her direct aim is to create a visually intriguing space that the viewer can be tempted into.