Artist’s Statement

“In 1997, while spraying stencils on a crate, I noticed some spray paint over-spray effects on a scrap-paper mask I was using. It was very appealing to me as a graphic element, and I began manipulating the effect and collaging elements together, and assembling the elements on what appear to be slabs of steel with rough torch-cut edges. In short order, I acquired a “palette” of spray can colors that would be the envy of any graffiti artist. I am particularly intrigued by the delicate “atmospherics” I can get straight out of a spray can — as well as a very convincing “rust”.

Milltown is an imaginary small factory town, not unlike Lake Wobegon. It is created from collective memories of every industrial city and town I have passed through since my earliest childhood experience of riding past the steel mills and refineries of Gary, IN, in a very gray autumn dusk. Those images pleasantly haunt and inspire me to this day.

In the Memories of Milltown series there are a few experiments in style — most notably Smoke and Study for Storm Cloud. Like many artists, I greatly enjoy visiting my “ancestors” by experimenting with their techniques and styles. It helps in understanding what they saw. The Cubist aspects of these works came about through pure serendipity. Scrap elements from a previous piece were randomly scattered on my worktable, and they had a decidedly cubist feel to them. I simply did what the shapes told me to do.

… In fact, serendipity and happy accidents have created many of the images in the Memories of Milltown series. I discovered that many of my best images started as scrap backing boards that I used when spray painting elements of other pieces. Early on, I started using good board to spray against, in the hope that a new and better work would emerge. The single biggest task is to stay alert to the potential, and especially to know when to stop.”

Janos Enyedi, 2001
excerpted from Memories of Milltown, catalog

Smoke, 1999.
Enamel on illustration board by Janos Enyedi

Smoke, 1999

Enamel on illustration board
H. 59 L. 40” D.3” (private collection)

Storm Cloud, 1999

Acrylic & enamel on illustration board
H. 15.5” L. 38.5” D. 7”

Storm Cloud, 1999
Acrylic & enamel on illustration board by Janos Enyedi
Study for Spillway with Constellation Detail Sculpture by Janos Enyedi

Study for Spillway with Constellation Detail, 1999

Enamel on illustration board
H. 10.5” x L. 24” x D. 2”

Study for the Flats, 1999

Enamel on illustration board

H. 6” L. 25.5” D. 1.75” (private collection)

Study for the Flats Sculpture by Janos Enyedi
Study for Morning Fog Sculpture by Janos Enyedi

Study for Morning Fog, 1999

Enamel and charcoal on illustration board

H. 17” L. 24” D. 4” (private collection)

Study for Milltown Demolition, 2003
Digital Print, Acrylic, enamel, Stone on illustration board

H. 21.5” L. 12” D. 2.5”

Study for Milltown Demolition Sculpture by Janos Enyedi
Milltown Triptych Sculpture by Janos Enyedi

Milltown Triptych, 1998

Acrylic, graphite & enamel on Illustration board

H. 25” L. 86” D. 10.75” (private collection)

Study for West Virginia Coal Train, 1995

Acrylic, graphite, stone on illustration board

H. 14” L. 16” D. 1”

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Ghost Factory Landscape Sculpture by Janos Enyedi

Ghost Factory Landscape, 1999

Enamel on corrugated paper, graphite

on illustration board

H. 8” L. 30” D. 2.25”

Study for Milltown – First Shift, 2000                    

Enamel & graphite on illustration board

H. 21.5” L. 22”. D. 2.5”

Study for Milltown – First Shift Sculpture by Janos Enyedi
Study for Refinery Sculpture by Janos Enyedi

Study for Refinery, 1999

Acrylic, enamel on illustration board

H. 10”  L. 22” D. 4”

Other Side of the Track, 1999

Enamel, acrylic on illustration board

H. 9.5” L. 37.5” D. 1.5”

Other Side of the Track Sculpture by Janos Enyedi
Study for Harbor View Sculpture by Janos Enyedi

Study for Harbor View

Enamel and stone on illustration board!

H. 10.5” L. 20” D. 2.25”


The Memories of Milltown collection is featured in this 32-page exhibit catalog.

Art Catalog Cover for Memories of Milltown

memories of milltown

a twenty-five year survey of the American Industrial Landscape

by janos enyedi