Janet Werner


Janet Werner’s work as a painter focuses on the fictional portrait as a vehicle to explore notions of subjectivity and desire. Her paintings operate within and against the genre of conventional portraiture, taking found images of anonymous figures in popular culture and imbuing them with fictional personalities. The process of painting is a way of investigating the iconic power of the image, invoking imagination, memory, and projection to invest the nameless figure with human subjectivity and emotion. The final paintings are composite portraits that retain aspects of the original while also embodying notions of transformation, innocence and loss. Janet Werner lives and works in Montreal.


Née / Born: 1959 Winnipeg, MB, Canada Vit / Lives: Montréal, QC, Canada  


Formation / Education 
MAÎTRISE / MFA in Painting, Yale University, School of Art and Architecture, New Haven, CT, USA

BACCALAURÉAT / BFA in Painting, Maryland Institute,

College of Art, Baltimore, MD, USA  


Expositions individuelles / Solo Exhibitions   
Janet Werner , Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, QC 
What Time Is It, Mr. Wolf? , Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph, ON

I Feel Real (duo exhibition w/ Sandra Meigs), VIVIANEART, Calgary, AB  
The Splits , Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA, USA 
Art Los Angeles Contemporary , Parisian Laundry, Los Angeles, CA, USA 
Sticky Pictures , Parisian Laundry, Montréal, QC 
Zero Eyes , Esther Massry Gallery, Albany, NY, USA 
 Drop, drop slow tears , Parisian Laundry, Montréal, QC 
Abby and Snow , Birch Contemporary, Toronto, ON 
Another Perfect Day , touring exhibition, Kenderdine Gallery, Esker Foundation,  Galerie de l’UQAM, MacIntosh Gallery, London, ON with catalogue 
Mad Bad Glad Sad , What if the World Gallery, Woodstock, Cape Town, Afrique du Sud | South Africa Earthling , Parisian Laundry, Montréal, QC 
 VOLTA NY , New York, NY, USA 
Beauty takes a holiday , Birch Libralato, Toronto, ON 
Janet Werner , Julia Garnatz, Cologne, Allemagne | Germany Who’s Sorry Now? , Parisian Laundry, Montréal, QC 
Is Anything Alright? , Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON 
Too much happiness , Parisian Laundry Montréal, QC 
 New Work , Birch Libralato, Toronto, ON 
Buttercup I love you , Galerie Julia Garnatz, Cologne, Allemagne | Germany 
Up here in heaven , Birch Libralato Gallery, Toronto, ON 
 Misfits , Galerie Joyce Yahouda, Montréal, QC 
Janet Werner , Liane & Danny Taran Gallery, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montréal, QC 
Janet Werner , Robert Birch Gallery, Toronto, ON  Janet Werner, Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.