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Famed Lehigh artist Marcus Jansen to exhibit his new ‘faceless portraits’

August 30, 2012
By MEL TOADVINE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lehigh Acres' own world-renown contemporary artist Marcus Jansen's new "Faceless" painting will be offered to a public viewing of the public at an opening reception at Unit A - Contemporary Art Space in the downtown area of Fort Myers. The date is Friday, Sept. 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. the public is invited.

It is being held in conjunction with the Downtown Fort Myers Art Walk.

Jansen's director, Vernon Ennis, or as Jansen likes to call her his "expert on his career" operates the art gallery which is opened once a month on the first Friday during the Art Walk.

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One of Jansen’s “faceless portraits” to be exhibited in Fort Myers on Sept. 7.

On Sept, 7, the gallery will exhibit the eerie and ominous "Faceless" series just released by Lehigh's internationally acclaimed artist Marcus Jansen.

Ennis said he has released the first grouping of his new series to be exhibited by her gallery UNIT A - Contemporary Art Space in downtown Fort Myers.

Jansen's art has been exhibited world-wide and he has been called one of the most promising young artist s of the time by art critics and art lovers around the world.

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Marcus Jansen's art series "Faceless Portraits" on display


Sept. 7 from 6-10 p.m. with an opening reception


UNIT A Contemporary Art Space, at 1922 Evans Ave., Fort Myers


Admittance is free and parking is available

Ennis says Jansen's Faceless Series, drawing from social and political turmoil, is a striking collection of portraits of foreboding faceless men in suits. Surrounding a room-centered, low-seated sculpture of a black and white American eagle, the series of men surrounds the exhibition space, creating the sense that the viewer is in a hypothetical global board room where all freedom is at stake.

Jasnsen, 44, is raising two young children, following the death of his wife earlier this year. She had worked as his publicist.

While he has been painting for years the scenes of "landscape commentary," he has chosen to delve into so-called old-fashioned portrait painting.

"Initially, I was inspired by old-fashioned portrait painting and wanting to depart from my usual landscape commentary to do these. But I had no interest in creating ordinary portrait paintings that have been painted over and over again.

"The series has to do with mystery, secrecy and corporate characteristics in a business world and the personalities that conduct it. Who are these people in these portraits, what can we learn about them? The faceless series for me centers more around mood, mystery and feeling that is immediately imposed on the viewer when seeing them," Jansen said.

Director Ennis said that some of the works from this series will travel this year and next year to galleries such as Galleri Urbane in Dallas, Texas, in 2012, and in 2013 to 101/Exhibit Los Angeles, Calif.

While it is often the case that local residents are the last to know about someone living in their community with such world-wide attention, it comes as a surprise when locals who are interested in art find out someone like them lives down the street in Lehigh.

Jansen was the guest speaker at the January 2012 Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce gala. Many visitors had the opportunity for a first-time meeting with Jansen and to see some of his famous works.

UNIT A - Contemporary Art Space is located at 1922 Evans Ave in Unit A. Ennis said the name of the gallery came from the name and address of the site of the gallery.

The 7,000 square-foot "lofted art space" divides its exhibition areas debuting Jansen's newest works in two gallery rooms in the front of the building, and exhibiting Jansen's permanent collection in two vast concrete museum-like rooms in the back, Ennis said.

The raw, warehouse feel of the gallery is concordant with Jansen's famous urban expressionist paintings, which are rife with symbolic reference to city decay. Many of his works have been made into fine copies and they are available for a reasonable fee.

Ennis said the experience of seeing Jansen's new series of art works is exciting and she encourages everyone to attend the free reception. Parking is available and there is a trolley pickup at Patio de Leon and Fist St. in Fort Myers.

Ennis said although the gallery is open the first Friday of each month, it can be opened by special appointment by serious interested individuals and for clubs and organizations as an outing

"The Art Walk in downtown Fort Myers is doing well despite some recent publicity that people were not attending," Ennis said. "They never asked me when that story got printed by one newspaper in the area."



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