Jean Lightman

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Jean Lightman

United States


Jean Lightman paints in the Boston School tradition and creates dynamic still lifes, landscapes and portraits that shimmer with light. This type of painting combines the accurate drawing and aesthetic design of the 19thCentury European academy with the vibrant color and light of the French Impressionists.  Students trained in the Boston School technique pursue a rigorous curriculum beginning with charcoal drawings of plaster casts before they advance to painting. 


In 2014 Ms. Lightman was elected President of the Guild of Boston Artists, the first woman to hold that office in the Guild's 100 year history. She has given numerous public lectures about Boston School painting tradition and how she incorporates the key elements into her own work. The most notable of these was at the offices of Google and has been viewed over 2,900 times on YouTube. She was featured on WCVB's Chronicle, 10/12/15.  She curated a major historical exhibition, A Woman's Perspective: Founding and Early Women Members of the Guild of Boston Artists, 1914-1945. Emergence won the Edmund Tarbell Award in the 2022 Guild of Boston Artists Members Juried Exhibition. Sudbury Road Hydrangeas was a finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s 15th Annual International Salon. Hydrangeas, Pincushion Flowers and Berries won the Frank Benson Award in the Guild’s 2018 Members Juried Exhibition and was a finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s 14th Annual Salon.  Arrangement on a Mantel won the Frank Benson Award in the Guild's 2015 Annual Awards Exhibit and was a finalist in the Art Renewal Center's 12th Annual Salon.  September Morning, was chosen to hang for six months in Congresswoman Niki Tsongas’s Washington office.  Lavender and Cream was an “Editor’s Pick” at the 2009 Boston International Fine Arts Show.  Tango Dancers was used on the set of the film Bride WarsPedestal Bowl was awarded the Edmund Tarbell Award in the 2006 Guild’s Annual Awards Exhibit.  Qi, received the North Shore Arts Association Award in the 2010 Guild Annual Awards Exhibit and was exhibited at the Massachusetts State House. The Fisherman won the R.H. Ives Gammell Award in the Guild's 2002 Annual Awards Exhibit. 

Ms. Lightman was featured in Southwest Art Magazine, October, 2017 and American Art Collector, March, 2013. Her artwork was included in The Perfect Palette, by Bonnie Rosser Krims (Warner Books, 1998). In addition to the Guild of Boston Artists, Ms. Lightman is represented by Powers Gallery in Acton, MA. and The Lily Pad Gallery in Watch Hill, R.I. Her work can be found in private collections across the U.S. and abroad.




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