Jannick Wildberg is an extremely talented artist who came to Princeton 20 years ago from Europe. Born in France, she taught French in Germany before arriving here, where she continued teaching. After her children were born, she experienced life’s precious moments, and an inner transformation took place.
Jannick’s priorities shifted towards the creation of art to convey a universal message of peace, gratitude, and compassion. Every brush stroke is a pleasure for her, with the highest gratification being the ability to see the gleaming smiles on the faces of clients as they see their portraits for the first time. It’s fascinating that she is mostly self-taught.
The only thing that can top her talent is her dedication to the Princeton community. Jannick has donated more than a dozen of commissioned portraits and paintings to the galas and benefits of various local non-profit organizations, e.g. The Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton Education Foundation, McCarter Theatre, and Princeton Charter School for the last seven years. She has also volunteered at PCS for many years in the form of organizing the students’ art shows and curating the local artists’ exhibitions in conjunction with the art teacher.
“Art has always been part of my life from a very young age. It was my passion and an enjoyable way to interact with others”, Wildberg said. “My art and creativity are not, I should hope, focused on me, but on other people and our common environment.”
Jannick Wildberg believes alertness and serenity can positively transform our life experiences, and she strives to carry the transformation through her art. Her paintings evoke the play of the natural and symbolic elements – fire, earth, air and water, and all-encompassing space. Wildberg’s abstracts and realistic portraits celebrate cherishing life in all its fragility and invite us to reconnect.
Her large-scale oil portraits hope to capture the moment of stillness when we exude inner peace, with the goal to express the purity and beauty within us all.
Photos of her work don’t do them justice. The commissioned piece above measures 33″ x 44” and in person, her portraits are powerful and breathtaking! The subject’s eyes are mesmerizing and the entire piece becomes larger than life. The lighting and shadows in both her abstracts and portraits make them multi-dimensional.
Jannick is inspired by the rich and colorful art of Tibet. She uses mixed media to create texture and engage the viewer in her abstract compositions. In addition to oils, she includes other materials, such as plaster, fabric, pigments, and resin, to create texture and engage on a more visceral level.
She has exhibited work in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas and her paintings are in collections in other parts of the U.S., as well as in France, Germany, England, Denmark, and India. You can visit her website here. I highly recommend viewing her work up close to truly appreciate it. Wildberg is currently showing at these four venues:
- Small World Coffee, 254 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ – From December 7, 2016 – January 3, 2017. There are five abstracts (for sale) and one commissioned oil portrait (for display).
- Princeton University, 113 Dickinson Hall, Princeton, NJ – The Gallery at the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSS). She has one piece there as part of the annual Group show. Previously, she had a two-month solo exhibition there January – February 2016.
- Gallery Piquel, 39 N Main Street, New Hope, PA – She has one portrait on display for sale at the gallery.
- Gallery Piquel, 24 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ – She also has a portrait on display at this location.