A picture can say a thousand words. What if a picture can tell a thousand tales? Jen Bissu’s art does that.
Ms. Bissu has been crafting stories from her pencil and brush for two decades now. Her mediums span the spectrum–from oil and acrylic, watercolor and gouache, to charcoal and graphite. Her themes traverse the terrain: portraits, landscape, still life, retro, and the Roaring ‘20s, to list a few.
Jen’s career hails from the heart of the New York metropolitan area. From that cultural epicenter, her works have spanned the globe. Her pieces have been displayed from Hawaii to Hamburg, San Diego to Dubai.
And the reviewers rave. “The transmission of emotion is truly radiant in her work. Powerful delivery!” exclaims Walter Prosper, logistical coordinator for music legend Little Richard, and famed automotive custom designer. Joe Petruccio, the Official Artist for Elvis Presley Enterprises, states, “Jen Bissu’s works bring a smile to my face and bring me back to a day when there was glamour in the most simple of things. She is an artist definitely worth following and collecting.”
Jen’s international audience has connected with her varied works, and her influencers are just as wide: Edward Hopper, Norman Rockwell, Jack Kerouac, Elia Kazan, Andrew Wyeth, Egon Schiele. From them and others, she has brought to her art: vividness, realism, spontaneity, grittiness, isolation, tension. Many have also described her art as: “cosmopolitan”, “urbane”, “striking”, and “memorable”.
Growing up a girl from New Jersey on the banks of the historic Hudson River, America’s art capital directed her formative years and consequently molded her into a mature, talented artist. Museum trips, gallery showings, art classes, and the like, were numerous and craved–developing the intellectual, esoteric underpinnings of her work. Sketch sales in the Chrysler Building’s lobby, observations of the streets‘ shambling homeless, Central Park summers, and the hustle & bustle from subways to dockyards, provided the sharp, original, hands-on narratives that bring her pieces to life.
At age nine, Jen’s art education gained formality. She studied at several well-known art schools, including: the United Nations International School, the Art Students League, the School of Visual Arts (SVA), and the Pratt Institute. Her talent and passion drove her to Summa Cum Laude status with a B.F.A. in Visual Communications/Illustration, and an M.A. in Fine Art Education, from Kean University.
From then on, Jen’s dreams have been as lofty as Midtown’s skyscrapers and her ambitions as high as their penthouse suites. Her schedule requires appointments weeks in advance to procure a commission, her exhibitions are packed with patrons, and her speaking engagements grow more numerous by the month. “Keep an eye on this stunning starlet, she’s definitely going places,” proclaims film director, Karl Petry…hard to disagree with that assessment.
"Non-Members Exhibition" - August 2014 @ Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
"Solo Exhibition" - June 2013 @ Adoniram Lodge, Lyndhurst, NJ
"The Artist At Work" - October 2012 @ Tenmarc, Jersey City, NJ
"Group Exhibition" - March 2012 @ Queen Ches Galleries, East Hanover, NJ
"Group Exhibition" - February 2012 @ Queen Ches Galleries, Parsippany, NJ
"Group Exhibition" - May 2011 @ Zion, Madison, NJ
"Nostalgia" - August 2010 @ Gallery 364, Brooklyn, NY
"Solo Exhibition" - May 2010 @ Zion, Madison, NJ
"Solo Exhibition" - April 2009 @ Zion, Madison, NJ