Artist Jane Manus creates abstract sculptures of remarkable beauty. Born in New York City in 1951 and based in Florida, Manus has defined her 35-year artistic career with an extraordinary combination of grace and strength. With her uniquely modern, angular sculpture - which range in size from wall-mounted pieces to monumental freestanding works - Manus has been celebrated for her exploration of linear and geometric forms.
Inspired by the material purity and industrial aesthetic of early Constructivist sculptors, Manus incorporates geometric and linear shapes to explore themes of symmetry and shape. One might think of a Jane Manus sculpture as a physical manifestation of space and form rendered in metal. Often applying black, white, or bright primary colored paint to giver her work a characteristically vibrant sheen, Manus has identified a desire “to have the sculpture work from all angles.” In this way, dynamic viewer interaction is anticipated and encouraged; indeed her predilection for angular, clearly defined shapes is informed by her fondness for modern architecture. Although her work is influenced by the pure minimalism of sculptors like Joel Shapiro and Mark di Suvero, Manus celebrates the monumentality and freedom of contemporary metal sculpture with an inventive elegance.
Receiving a BFA from Rollins College and the Art Institute of Boston, Jane Manus had her first solo show in 1976, and has been widely exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Canada. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections worldwide including the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida; The Lincoln Center/List Collection, New York; The Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia; the Sagamore Collection, Miami Beach; the Cornell Fine Art Museum; The Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami; The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; the Flint Institute of Art, Michigan, The Cleveland Clinic Collection, Cleveland; Vero Beach Museum of Art and multiple others.