Small Measures: Paintings by Contemporary Artist Joan Gantz

The Livingston Public Library opens the New Year with an exhibit of vibrantly hued abstract works by contemporary artist Joan Gantz.

Joan is a native New Jersey artist who works primarily in acrylics with the addition of graphite, marker and collage. She divides her time between Essex County and Ocean County and receives great inspiration from both the New York metro area and the Jersey shore. 

Her undergraduate focus was nursing and she practiced in critical care for fifteen years. Joan’s interest in creating art and fascination with color have been intrinsic to her since childhood. She has embraced and continues to develop an abstract style which is frequently inspired by forms in nature. 

Her process consists of marker and paint, and synthesizing by addition and subtraction. It is her distinctly personal interpretation that gives the feeling of straddling reality with abstraction, particularly in her landscapes. The goal of her work is to achieve a shared experience which speaks to the viewer. The power and emotion of color and movement in her abstracts are her favorite vehicles. Inspiration for her work is derived from her travels, emotional interpretations and responses to life circumstances.

This exhibit is a collection of small works which have been completed over the past two years. It consists predominantly of abstract images which have been inspired by personal circumstances or emotions. Included are some cityscapes which range from fairly representational to abstraction.

For more information on the works displayed, a QR code affixed to the bottom right hand corner of the display case can be scanned.  You can also visit her website at and follow her on Instagram @joangantzstudio.

The exhibit can be viewed during Library hours for the month of January.  

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