Jan Groover is an a photography artist born in New Jersey, in America. She is most famous for her conceptualist works which consists of thirty seven images with five diptychs and triptychs from the early 70’s. Also know for later experiments with space and illusion using a large format camera, capturing still life images of everyday objects such as kitchen utensils, bottles and other abstract objects; also producing the ‘Kitchen Sink Series’.
I find Grover’s work of mundane objects to be authentically inventive as they are arranged in a sculptured, layered manner but still simple. There are dynamic ranges of numerous layers with bold use of colour, reflections and shadows. Her work is visually stimulating to the eye as I believe this is because she uses everyday objects that we are all too familiar with and she helps us to see them in a more attractive light. A conversation is present within her work, as though someone has just left the area creating curiosity, and desire to know more.
Jan originally trained as a painter studying at Pratt Institute in New York (1965), and at Ohio State University, in the United States of America (1970). Later becoming a photographer in 1971. She was inspired by the work of Paul Cezanne, Eadweard Muybridge and Gorgio Morandi. Also a teacher for over ten years at the State University of New York, teaching Gregory Crewdson who is another well known photographic artist.
In 1991 Jan moved to Menesterol in France with her husband Bruce Boice, a known painter and critic, where she purchased her larger camera in 1978 and remained there for the rest of her life. A retrospective of her work was held at the Museum of Modern Art in 1987.