Barbara Januszkiewicz

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Barbara Januszkiewicz is a Washington, D.C.-based American multimedia artist, creative activist, and teacher; best known for her stained neo Color field style abstract expressionism paintings.[1] She works in water based media, specifically watercolor and diluted acrylic paint on unprepared canvas in the manner of Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler.[2] She uses brushes to control her fans of color rather than create pours in her color field works.[3] Januszkiewicz's paintings are inspired by her interest in the overlap of the vocabularies involved with visual art and music.[4] Her visual interpretation in painting employs large color fields that meld and overlap in translucent layers, evoking the rhythm and flow of her musical inspiration.[5][6]

Januszkiewicz is listed as a notable artist presented at the Artomatic exhibition. She has done a documentary film work with musical composer Matthew Shipp, sculptor Hilda Thorpe, and painter Paul Reed.


Januszkiewicz was trained under the Chinese master Mun Quan at Jacksonville University in the late 1970’s. Paul Reed, a member of the Washington Color School, mentored Januszkiewicz.[3]


In 1997 Januszkiewicz began doing research on the Washington Color School by interviewing Hilda Thorpe.[7] The interview was printed in the Washington Review Newspaper Volume XXV1 No.1 June/July 2000, and broadcast on Public Access TV stations as part of a Creative Vision for the Arts around the Metropolitan DC area. It is now archived on YouTube.[8][9]

In 2014 Januszkiewicz continued doing historical research for the documentary film about the Washington Color School titled "Unprimed Canvas".[10][11][12] Paul Reed acted as a historical consultant for the film which was released in 2015.[13] Also in 2015 Januszkiewicz launched a pay it forward, noncommercial gallery space, Metro Micro Gallery in Northern Virginia.[14][15]  In 2016 while continuing to research the Washington Color School Januszkiewicz was granted access to the Melzac Collection, the CIA's so-called "secret" collection of works of abstract art.[16] In 2017 Januszkiewicz was commissioned to do a 30 foot long fine art mural, titled "Coming Together". This project was intended to help with the revitalization, preservation, and redevelopment of the Virginia Square area in Arlington, VA.[17]

In 2019 Januszkiewicz was commissioned to do several works for the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing Columbia Hills Apartments in Northern Virginia.[18] In 2020 Januszkiewicz's work appeared in "Statecraft: The Bush 41 Team", a TV Movie; which was released on PBS.[19] In 2021 Januszkiewicz's work was shown internationally at the transcendence themed "Art in Embassies" exhibition in Turkey.[20] In 2022 Januszkiewicz was selected to do the art installation at the new MetroStage theater of the new Alexandria Art District.[21]


  1. ^ Jenkins, Mark (October 17, 2015). "In the galleries: Melding sound and art". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 15, 2022.
  2. ^ Jenkins, Mark (June 8, 2018). "In the galleries: Roving photographers capture street scenes around the world". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 15, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Coplan, Tina (May–June 2016). "New Direction". Home & Design Magazine. Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  4. ^ Fults, Haley (2015-04-23). "cove Hosts Art Reception Featuring Art Activist and Painter Barbara Januszkiewicz". DC Style Is Real. Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  5. ^ "Color Schooled: The Lyrical Flight of the Fantastical Art of Barbara Januszkiewicz". The Zebra. 2019-05-25. Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  6. ^ Jenkins, Mark (2016-06-25). "In the galleries: Sensing 'vibrations' of the Washington Color School". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  7. ^ "Sculptor and painter Hilda Thorpe dies". The Washington Post. 2000.
  8. ^ "Ms. Hilda Thorpe interview (text)". Retrieved 2022-08-03.
  9. ^ Hilda Thorpe artist, in her own words, 1997. Interview with Barbara Januszkiewicz, retrieved 2022-08-03
  10. ^ LLC, GIGANOVA Productions (2015-03-22), Unprimed Canvas: The Washington Color School Painters (Documentary Film Teaser), retrieved 2022-02-08
  11. ^ "Social outreach". 2nd street studio. Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  12. ^ Lenny (2018-05-21). "Daily Campello Art News: Barbara Januszkiewicz's two solos at once!". Daily Campello Art News. Retrieved 2022-08-03.
  13. ^ "Paul Reed Last Washington Color School Painter Dies Age 96". Artlyst. Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  14. ^ "Metro Micro Gallery Leaves Its Arlington Home". Arlington Magazine. 2018-10-10. Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  15. ^ "Women to Watch: An Arlington gallery owner, Leesburg branding strategist and Springfield delegate". Northern Virginia Magazine. 2018-03-22. Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  16. ^ Dunne, Carey (2016-10-20). "A Visit to the CIA's "Secret" Abstract Art Collection". Hyperallergic. Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  17. ^ "Check Out Arlington's Artists Walk". Arlington Magazine. 2017-03-13. Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  18. ^ "Embracing the Arlington Arts Community". APAH. 2019-02-25. Retrieved 2022-08-03.
  19. ^ Statecraft: The Bush 41 Team (TV Movie 2020) - IMDb, retrieved 2022-08-03
  20. ^ "Art in Embassies Exhibition". U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Turkey. 2021-08-24. Retrieved 2022-02-05.
  21. ^ "MetroStage Gets a Brand New Venue". The Zebra. 2021-12-31. Retrieved 2022-02-08.