Invitations to the Imagination: Joanne Tarlin

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Joanne Tarlin, a Boston-based American abstract painter known internationally for her sophisticated use of color and ability to create dynamic yet subtle works, will be showing her work in ‘Spiritual Energy: Past, Present and Future’ at the Chase Family Gallery in West Hartford, Connecticut from September 30 through November 10.


This exhibit also serves as a memorial to her father, Bertram Tarlin (1923-2011).  After his passing, Joanne was inspired to paint a mosaic of 88 canvases, one for each year he lived.  The memorial piece “Silent Soul” personifies his character and conveys the artist’s feelings about her questions and memories of him.


The gallery is located at 335 Bloomfield Avenue on the campus of the Mandell Jewish Community Center, and an opening reception will take place on Sunday, September 30 from 2 to 4pm.  Contact the Chase Family Gallery at (860)236-4571 for regular hours.



“Embracing Perspective”















“Lost where we belong”









“Transcendence No. 12”




“Southwest Time Composite”




Painting exclusively in oils, with palette knives, Tarlin’s subject matter is the human condition: feelings, passions, weakness. Her abstract compositions, led by the colors hersubconscious chooses to mix, contain both organic and geometric elements. Tarlin uses window-like shapes, portals, and ledges as visual launching points for the mind to travel through and beyond.


She likes to create invitations to the imagination.


Tarlin trained in industrial and graphic design and painting, and she studied color technique under Willem de Kooning. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Otis Art Institute, then a division of Parsons School of Design.


Tarlin’s work is in private and corporate collections. MathWorks, Inc. acquired a piece to commemorate their twenty-fifth anniversary. Her solo exhibits include ‘Water and Peace’ at Bentley College, in Waltham, Massachucestts and ‘Beyond our Realm’  at The Danforth Museum School Gallery in Framingham, Massachusetts. Tarlin has also exhibited in numerous juried group shows at the National Arts Club in New York City, The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, and The Juarez Arts Gallery in San Miguell de Allende, Mexico.


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