Drawing inspiration from the improvisational swing of Louis Armstrong, the optics of Paul Klee, the naturalism of Caravaggio, and the frenetic energy of Basquiat, Atlanta native Janssen Robinson has created a unique visual approach that has developed over the past twenty years within the southern metro community that he embraces.
Janssen’s NOW Paintings capture viewers with an intriguing visual immediacy from the first brush stroke, while still reflecting and respecting classical technique. The result is a signature style, combining elements of impressionism, cubism, and abstraction, which unfolds and develops in totality within the time constraints of a single event.
His work currently can be seen in Establishment Buckhead, adorning the 175 year-old wooden walls of the hottest lounge in Atlanta and the location for painting events involving Spanx, future NFL Hall of Fame member Tony Gonzalez and multiple Grammy Award winner CeeLo Green. Janssen was commissioned by Paramount Pictures in 2014 to produce several paintings for the Oscar-buzzed film, Selma, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt. In the film, he created a striking portrait of the actor, David Oyelowo, posed as Martin Luther King Jr., on his Time Magazine cover for Man of the Year. Janssen also has painted a commemorative portrait of UGA coach Vince Dooley, titled “Sugar from the Sky,” which is now on display in the coaching legend’s “Bulldog Room” at his home in Athens, Georgia.
In 2015, Janssen was commissioned by the Arthur Blank Family Foundation to paint a commemorative community mural near the new Falcons’ stadium in Atlanta. Stretching the length on both sides of a city block, the mural showcases Atlanta’s history and heritage while emphasizing Vine City, one of the city’s oldest inner city neighborhoods. The mural represents a partnership of community and corporate leadership and volunteers, including local youth from the neighborhood and the Department of Juvenile Justice.