Janet Anderson

Limited Edition Lithographic Print  titled "Detroit 1980"
Signed & Dated 1980    186/200

 The Detroit art scene is an up-and-coming movement that was once based mostly on the architectural, electronic, mo-town, and automotive movements. Today the street art and local art scene is on the rise. The city is full of inspiration creativity and hardworking people getting together to innovate and stir up the masses.

This print is an embodiment of the Detroit art movement as it was made by a local Detroit artist who was inspired by the architectural beauty and energy of the Motor City. This is a signed and dated lithographic print by the eminently talented local artist Janet Anderson. The Print is a very stylish depiction of the Detroit skyline from a unique perspective. The sophisticated detail and the confident line work makes this an excellent representation of Detroit. The print is signed, dated and numbered 186/200.

Janet Anderson (1949-1996) was an artist of astonishing breadth and depth.  Born in Royal Oak, MI and raised in nearby St. Clair Shores, Anderson honed her artistic talents by studying drawing, illustration, and printmaking at the University of Michigan, College of Creative Studies in Detroit, and Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.  Though Anderson would cycle between Detroit and New York City during the mid-70s and early 80s, Detroit was her true artistic home.  She gained renown for the clarity and animation of her ink drawings, watercolors, murals, and prints. 

This collection of Anderson’s stunning commercial work features depictions of famous Detroit landmarks and life along the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair.  Anderson displayed her work at sterling Detroit institutions such as the Art Institute of Detroit, the Fisher Building, Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Bicentennial Gallery, Renaissance Center, and Cobo Hall. She received commissions from a wide range of business, pulications, advertising campaigns, and individuals, having her work shown to visiting celebrities and dignitaries   In the 1990s, Anderson struggled with a severe case of breast cancer.  Her last inks, like the one above, hauntingly depict excruciating cycles of diagnosis, chemotherapy, remission, and metastasis. Anderson died of breast cancer in 1996: the brevity of her phenomenal career increases the value of the sublime art she created.