Janis Joplin canvas in Jerry Janisí home office came to be
following a fundraiser in which Janis was outbid for a
painting of Willie Nelson by the same artist, who agreed to
create this one for Janis. Every piece of art in Janisí
collection has a story to tell.
Though he might
not have realized it then, Jerry Janis began collecting art as a child
on the day his great-grandfather gave him one of his paintings. His
great-grandfather, a Latvian diplomat who lost everything in World War
II, later moved to New York and became an insurance agent. "His
third career was an artist," Janis says.
great-grandfatherís paintings, each piece in Janisí ever-growing
collection has a story associated with it. "A lot of it comes
from traveling in Mexico, Brazil and South Africa, but also from
artists Iíve known through my lifetime," Janis says, noting he
has met most of the artists whose works he has collected.
After living in
New York City, Washington, D.C., south Florida and Chicago, the Long
Island native has been in Milwaukee for two-plus years, acquiring
quite a few local works in that time.
He has six
pieces by the Russian-born Boris Ostrerov, a MIAD grad now studying in
New York City, and recently purchased a Charles Dwyer painting during
MIADís Open Canvas event.
His Third Ward
loft in the River Renaissance Condos was designed ó down to the wall
colors ó to showcase his art. He collaborated with Laree Allen of
Allen Kitchen and Bath, Milwaukee and Madison, in designing the raw
space. "I had the vision and they made it come to reality,"
Janis says. "I definitely knew I wanted it to be as modern as
He shed his
formerly eclectic furniture style in 2007 while living in Chicago in
favor of all modern furnishings. "A lesson I learned is just go
with what you want and donít be constrained with the
architecture," Janis says. "They say the same thing with
artwork: You can make older pieces look great in a modern
running out space; some of the pieces are now in storage. "Iíve
moved to sculpture because I have no more wall space," Janis
entryway to Janisí condo features his extensive art
furnishings and a mix of modern, traditional and ethnic artwork
come together in the Third Ward condo that overlooks the
ductwork creates a modern dynamic in the condo. Glossy wenge
wood cabinetry provides extra storage and adds a bit a formality
to the adjoining dining/living area. A mosaic glass tile
backsplash sparkles under the lights.
media room is a multipurpose space for relaxing or entertaining.
The room also includes a game table and wet bar. The artwork on
the left is by a South African artist whom Janis met on a trip
10-foot painting by MIAD grad Boris Ostrerov is hung
horizontally in the master bedroom, with permission from the
tile sets the color palette in the powder room. The homeowner
collaborated with Laree Allen of Allen Kitchen and Bath,
Milwaukee and Madison, in designing the condo.