I was so glad when Nadia Janjua agreed to do a painting of the Patapsco Female Institute ruins for my space in Mount Ida. As this years Historic Ellicott City Decorator Show House comes to a close I’d like to feature her.
Nadia Janjua is an emerging Artist, practicing Architect, and an Art Educator based in the Washington, D.C. area. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) in 2000, and her Master of Architecture degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ) in 2005. Nadia’s passion to beautify the world with her hands, combined with her fascination of design and technology led her to startup an art and design-based business in 2011, called Nadia J Art.
Nadia has been exhibiting her work professionally throughout the United States over the past ten years, and more recently, internationally. She has had numerous works commissioned by private collectors and contributes her art annually to charity events.
Her art work is inspired by her deeply spiritual and emotional connection to her faith, as well as the experiences of her life’s journey. Ever since she can remember, Nadia has been reflective of the human experience — from its chaos and despair, to its magnificence and beauty. It is this search for insight and understanding of any moment or event that has led to an infinite source of inspiration for her creative works.
In keeping with the theme of my “Local Office” space at Mount Ida, this year’s Historic Ellicott City Decorator Show House, I’ve tried to source items locally and made in America. The braided rug was handmade by the Stroud family in Virginia. The bright yellow wing chairs were made in North Carolina and covered in fabric made in the USA. Both original artworks were created by artists with Maryland connections. Today I’d like to write about Brian Laurich who painted the gorgeous Maryland flag on wood that hangs over the fireplace.
Brian was introduced to art by his father Len, a graphic artist and accomplished watercolor painter. He grew up in Greensburg, Pa., and graduated from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in painting and drawing. College classes first exposed himto the work of Richard Diebenkorn and Jim Dine, whose influences, along with Andrew Wyeth, became important in Brian’s approach to art. Pursuing a career in fine art, however, took a back seat to raising a family. Brian and his wife of 25 years, Christine, have two daughters, Amalie and Hannah. He worked in the graphic arts field for 15 years, where he learned computer applications for design and composition, which became pivotal in future work. During this time, he began creating signs on antique wood, making the lettering and graphics reflect the age of the wood. This idea came from a desire to use the existing character of the original, antique, painted surface as a canvas. Brian left the graphic arts world to work on vintage art full time in 2004. He has since created unique, authentic pieces for corporations such as Polo Ralph Lauren, NBC Universal, The History Channel, and Reebok. His work can also be found in historical landmarks, restaurants and homes across the United States and the United Kingdom. In 2006, Brian was chosen to be a member of the Country Living Magazine Artists Guild. He as recently returned to his roots in fine art painting. They reflect the culmination of his schooling, graphic art experience, and appreciation of period design. You’ll find Brian’s work showcased most recently in several fine art galleries in Pennsylvania. Be sure to check out his website http://www.vintagesigns.com/