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Artist Statement

As a pre-teen I spent all my time drawing and painting, but made the decision to abandon art and turn toward science, which also fascinated me. I never touched the sketching pencil again, but neither did I stop looking at the world with an artist’s eye. Now, sixty years later, I have begun to create images that reflect all I learned from my visual experiences.

Just as every block of marble contains a great sculpture and one need only to trim away the excess, the world is full of great images and the task of the photographer is only to keep an open eye. I keep trying to catch those magical moments when form and content come together. When they do then there are no questions, no doubts, and no ambiguity: the image is just right. The same applies to printmaking, although the subject originates more from within than from the outside.

KathakaliThere is nothing subtle in my imagery. Color or black and white, it is intended to grab your attention, and to demand a “wow.” Being a scientist in my other life, I strive for technical perfection, but that is only the first stage. The second is when the image connects with the viewer. I connect best with people, so my subject always includes people or a hint that people are nearby. The third stage of the “wow” is the soul-crashing impact that is rarely achieved, but once seen never forgotten. A piece of art like that can be a life’s ambition. You have to aim high.

Bio

Janos Lanyi was born in 1937, in Budapest, Hungary, and grew up during the difficult years of World War II and then the communist system that engulfed Central and Eastern Europe.

He was something of a child prodigy in graphic art, but soon developed an interest in the natural sciences, which he made into his career. He studied Chemistry at the elite University of Sciences in Budapest, but his sophomore year was interrupted by the Hungarian uprising of 1956. After it was put down with force by the Soviet Army, he escaped to Vienna, and soon made his way to the U.S.

In 1959 he obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, and four years later a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Harvard. In the years that followed, his research was on the forms of life that thrive in extreme environments, such as saline lakes.

In 1980 he became Professor of Physiology & Biophysics at the University of California at Irvine, a position he still holds. His publications since have been on colored proteins similar to the visual pigment of the eye.

Janos has traveled extensively with his wife, Brigitte, all around the globe, searching out different lands, cultures, and peoples. He regards photographic art, like scientific investigation, as means to understand the world and our place, as humans, in it.

2012

  • CA 101, Pop-Up Gallery, Redondo Beach California
    curator, Nina Zak Laddon

  • 2012 all Media Show, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, California
    juror, Doug Harvey

2011

    Invitational Exhibit

  • Eye of the World, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, California (3 prints)
    curator, Carl Berg

    Juried Exhibits

  • 2011 all Media Show, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, California
    juror, Perin Mahler

  • The Printed Image, Washburn Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, Kansas
    juror Endi Poskovic

2010

    Solo Shows

  • Bob Poe Photographic Art. Bergamot Station Santa Monica, California
    April 17 - June 11

  • Coffee Gallery, Altadena, California, Sept. 1 - Sept. 30.
    Curator: Katherine Carvellas
  • Juried Exhibits

  • 33rd Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Peoria, Illinois
    juror, Robert E. Marx

  • Alternatives: Where the Process is Paramount, Minneapolis Photo Center, Minnesota
    juror, Keith Taylor

  • Expanding the Matrix, Weingart Gallery, Los Angeles, California (2 prints)
    jurors, Jason Manley and Linda Lyke

  • "Revisiting Beauty" Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California
    Juror, Peter Frank

  • "Abstractions Exhibition" Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, California
    Juror, Diana Lo Schiavo

  • "12th National Juried Art Exhibition" Baker Arts Center
    Liberal, Kansas
    Juror: Dan Addington

  • "Southern California Open Regional Exhibition VIII" Valley Institute of Visual Art.
    Sherman Oaks, California
    Juror: Diane Calder

  • "Photography: Impact of a Medium" 2nd City Council Art Gallery
    Long Beach, California
    Juror: Robbert Flick

 

 

 

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2009

    Juried Exhibits

  • "All-Media Show," Irvine Fine Arts Center, 2 prints.
    Irvine, California
    Juror: Mark Chamberlain

  • Destination Gallery, 6 prints
    New York City
    Curator: Hisa Yamamoto

  • "All-media Juried Exhibition", Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, California
    juror: Christy Johnson

  • "Urban Ambience" Exhibition, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, California
    juror: Michael Daniels
    Honorable mention

  • "Through a Lens: Contrasting Elements" Kellicutt International Juried Photo Show
    Half Moon Bay, California
    jurors: Charles Cramer, Michael Collopy, and Janet Jones

  • "Through the Ages: Exploring the Cycle of Life" (2 prints) Exhibition, Beach Cities Health District and Redondo Beach Art Group
    Redondo Beach, California
    jurors: Stefani Conniff and Nina Zak Laddon

  • "Earth, Air, Fire Exhibition" Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, California
    juror: Margaret Lazarri

  • "2009 Juried Open" Topanga Canyon Gallery, Topanga Canyon, California
    juror: Laddie John Dill

  • Other

  • The 6-image set "Seoul Dreaming" accepted for inclusion in Red Dog Journal Portfolios,
    Cygnet Press, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Editor-in-chief Tim Anderson


  • Two images accepted for the 2009 year-end issue (#85) of LensWork
    Editors: Brooks Jensen and Maureen Gallagher


  • print selected for inclusion in postcard box for fundraising sale, Redondo Beach Art Group

2008

    Juried Exhibits

  • "Love of Country" (1 print) and "Labor" (2 prints) Wildheart Gallerie, Carmel Valley, California
    jurors: Barbara Runge, Ilona Werner, and Larry Vogel
  • 2nd and 3rd prizes

  • "ArtSeen 3" -AIDS Research Alliance, Los Angeles, California
    jurors: Stephanie Dillon, Howard Fox, David Gere, Rebecca Morse, John Murdoch, and Glenn Phillips

  • "My Space" SCA Project Gallery, Pomona, California
    juror: Suvan Geer

  • "Love of Country" (1 print) and "Labor" (2 prints) Wildheart Gallerie, Carmel Valley, California
    jurors: Barbara Runge, Ilona Werner, and Larry Vogel

  • "Visual Literacy" 2nd City Council Art Gallery, Long Beach, California
    juror: Cheryl Bennett

  • "How I See Germany" (2 prints) OMC Gallery, Huntington Beach, California
    jurors: Rolf Goellnitz, Tyler Stallings, and Alan Griffiths

  • "Left, Right & Center" Old Town Gallery, Tustin, California
    juror: Patrick Merrill

  • "Dia de los Muertos" 2nd City Council Art Gallery, Long Beach, California
    juror: Cheryl Bennett

  • "Shelter" 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon
    juror: Randy Gragg and Laura Russell

  • American Juried Art Salon, Plano, Texas
    jurors: Charles Garoian, Lynn Fero, Charles DeBus, and Mark Gordon

  • Other

  • print selected by Carol Wells for inclusion in the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles, California

  • 2 images featured in Boxcar Poetry Review, November 2008 web edition
    photography editor: An Xiao

  • 2 prints in Art Bazaar, OMC Gallery, Huntington Beach, California

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