Born in Boston on Aug. 19, 1945, Jansen grew up in Stamford, Conn., the first son of Carl and Lily Jansen, a merchant marine sea captain and a homemaker. When his father returned from sea and later retired, he spent his time painting and woodcarving. His mother, who passed away last December, often teased Jansen that he inherited his artistic genes from her. She started painting at 16.

Both were extensively involved in the art scene in their hometown.

Jansen graduated from Stamford High School then served as a seaman in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1966. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, receiving a National Defense Service Medal and a Vietnam Service Medal.

He moved to New York City and graduated from the Fine Arts Department at the School of Visual Arts in 1970. After receiving postgraduate awards and scholarships, one was to Skowhegan for the summer of 1969, Jansen was recognized for his innate technique and began his career as a freelance illustrator.

Jansen emerged in the '70s when he broke through as a highly inventive independent painter, and served as resident artist at Jimi Hendrix' Electric Lady Recording Studios in Greenwich Village. Jansen's work appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine, The Village Voice and Playboy, and includes album cover designs for Jimi Hendrix' "War Heroes" and "Loose Ends," and Henry McCullough's "Mind Your Own Business!" which was nominated for Album Cover of the Year Award in London.

In the summer of 2008, Jansen was awarded a Pollock-Krasner grant for emerging and established artists who face obstacles to creating their art.

"I'd say I'm re-creating abstract expressionism in a cartoonist way," Jansen told Downtown Express in an interview at the time. "More aggressive, dramatically so. I see anger, frustration, more joy coming through than I did before."

His paintings are comprised of brilliantly colored, abstract configurations that reflect the conventional ideas of classical painting, according to his web site ( Jansen's heightened perspectives portray intensity and sensuality from ribbon-like forms to fantasies of color, unlike anything else in modern painting. A longtime Downtown resident, Jansen and Dolores, his wife of nearly 20 years, and stepdaughter Ashley Pickett, moved from Soho in 1993 to Ann St., where they were living on 9/11. Soon after, they moved east to Dover St.

In addition to his wife Dolores, stepdaughter Ashley and dog Petunia, Jansen is survived by his brother John Jansen, sister-in-law Barbara Sorensen and her husband Thor, mother and father-in-law, Eleanor and Douglas Hansen, and numerous cousins.

Currently his widow Dolores and stepdaughter Ashley along with Petunia live in the Powerhouse Arts District in Jersey City, where they represent and show Paul's works.

Comprised of brilliantly colored, abstract configurations that reflect the conventional ideas of classical painting, Jansen's heightened perspectives portray intensity and sensuality, unlike anything else in modern painting. From ribbon-like forms to fantasies of color, Jansen confidently pushes and fulfills the making of a truly unique and intricate artist.

"Throughout my career as a painter I have looked to achieve the expression of universal unconscious meaning through conscious works. In the 60's while in art school I was greatly influenced by both traditional and contemporary artists Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Frank Stella, and Albert Durer as well as the writings of Carl Jung. This inspired a series of abstract expressionist two-dimensional flat geometric paintings.

Through the 70's the flat geometrics took a more fluid movement and a three dimensional form with expressionist brush strokes. The 80's culminated with representational forms on various shaped canvases and hospital stretchers to illustrate the contradictions within the materials and images reflecting the current times. But in the 90's I found I needed to return to the original abstract expressionism from my early career and combined it with a representational form. This took shape into oval egg like objects with three-dimensional character and texture captured inside cell like boxes.

.... with my lung cancer diagnosis I have found the unconscious representation has matured into a three-dimensional abstract expressionist work. This is from the emotional journey that comes from dealing with cancer and its debilitating treatment bringing me to new depths I've never experienced before. I see these works as being a culmination of anger and frustration that comes to the surface as illustrated in the chaotic scene on the canvas, where the image was further developed with cross hatching, highlights and color all found in the natural environment. The process involves the use of a special rubber brushes I developed and it is as if I'm taking my body and immersing it into the canvas making my unconscious emotions part of the work. This process has also encouraged a new hope that art can be beautiful if shared with others from all walks of life.

The ultimate goal is to integrate my art to my surroundings not in a traditional gallery setting but more within the natural outside existing environment where I can share my vision with any individual who passes by and sees visual art as the universal language."

Paul Jansen - 2008


Rush Arts Galley
Dedication & Group Exhibition
New York, NY

Corridor Gallery
One Man Show
Brooklyn, NY

Seaport Gallery
Group Exhibition "We Cover the Waterfront"
New York, NY

Salon 2B
One Man Show
New York, NY

Melody Weir Gallery
Billabong See Me Speak Art Collaborative
New York, NY

Milk Gallery
Style Sessions & Boarding For Breast Cancer Exhibit
New York, NY

School of Visual Arts Gallery
Two Man Show
New York, NY

Bond Street Gallery
Group Exhibition
New York, NY

Brooklyn Law School
Group Exhibition
New York, NY

Populace Subway Exhibit
New York, NY

Jagendorf / Baachi Gallery
One Man Show & Group Exhibition
New York, NY

Althea Viafora Gallery
Group Exhibitions (2)
New York, NY

On the Wall Gallery
Group Exhibition & Two Man Shows (2)
New York, NY

L'Affiche Gallery
Group Exhibition
New York, NY

Razor Gallery
Group Exhibition
New York, NY

Leopold Gallery
Print Exhibit
Berkeley, CA

Durer Gallery
Group Exhibit
San Francisco, CA

Jackie Fine Arts
Group Exhibitions (2)
New York, NY


curateNYC: Emerging NYC Artists Dedication - 2010

Pollack-Krasner Grant - Recipient 2008

Skowhegan Art School - Scholarship 1969


Record Album Covers
Jimi Hendrix: "War Heroes"
Jimi Hendrix: "Loose Ends"
Henry McCullough: "Mind Your Own Business"
Television: "Run for President"
The Good Rats: "Birth Comes to Us All"
Logos, Identities, and Illustrations
Rolling Stone Magazine
Electra Records
House of Music
ETIP Records
Azo Labs

Lobby & Wall Murals
Electric Lady Recording Studio
Steele Building, Madison Avenue
Washoe Zypher Restaurant

Family Portraits
Ienner Family