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JENNIFER BALKAN
Bio:

    Jennifer grew up in New Jersey and began to draw at a very young age. She studied neuroscience in college and considered pursuing a path in psychology. After living in Boulder and Seattle, she moved to Austin. She attained her Ph.D. in 2001 after conducting anthropological fieldwork in Mexico. Although her experience in Mexico was rich, Jennifer longed for artistic creativity. In August of 2001, Jennifer spent a month in Spain, France, and Italy where she saw masterworks that would become her inspiration. She then threw herself into oil painting and now paints fervently. 

    Jennifer has taken art classes at Laguna Gloria Art School, the Austin Fine Arts School and at the Art Students League in Denver. She currently paints in her studio and in life painting groups. She has been teaching figure and portrait painting in oils to private groups of students since 2005. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and in Europe and has been featured in a number of national and international art publications. Her portraits have received awards by the Portrait Society of America. She was named “Best Visual Artist of 2015” by the Austin Chronicle’s Readers’ Poll. In 2016, Jennifer was invited by the Academy of Realist Art in Boston to participate in their figure painting competition. In 2017, she was included in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine’s photo essay on leading contemporary figurative painters. This year, Jennifer was nominated by the Austin Critics Table for Austin’s Best Visual Artist of 2018. 

    When not painting, she is adventuring through life with her son Karlo and husband Jeff either on bicycle or unicycle.  

Artist Statement:

    "My paintings are emotionally-based psychological narratives where the details lie in planes of color. I choose to exaggerate color, in a sense break up a color field into its constituent colors, directing the viewer to particular areas by applying juicy bits of heavily saturated color. I strive to capture emotional states more than anything else, purposefully laying strokes down to create the illusion of an outer physical topography that houses an inner one of the soul. Though it is a cerebral concept that motivates me, the process of painting is superior to all else. Once I begin a painting, my interaction with the panel takes on a life of its own; it transcends whatever I can actually say about the painting once it is finished. Like some kind of meditation, I always hope to remain in this state during the entirety of my painting experience though life's chatter gets in the way at times. When I can exist in that sweet place for much of the time when I am painting, I can say that my work is honest."  

Education:


2005, May, Art Student League of Denver, Colorado

2003, Austin Fine Arts School, Austin, TX

2002, Laguna Gloria Art School, Austin, TX

2001, University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D. in sociology

1992, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, B.A. in behavioral neuroscience
Selected Exhibitions:


2018   

August, Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, CA: invited by Joshua Rose to exhibit in “Painting Now”

May, Submerge Gallery, Austin, TX: group exhibition

February, Dougherty Art Center, Austin, Texas: group exhibition entitled “Radical Realism: Refigured”


2017 

  October, J. Wayne Stark Galleries, Texas A&M, juried into “Women Painting Women: In Earnest”

October, Lore Degenstein Gallery, PA, juried into Ninth Annual Figurative Painting Competition and Exhibition

August, Chimera Gallery, Ireland, summer group exhibition

August, Zhou Center, Chicago, juried into “Woman as Warrior”

August, Customs House Museum in Clarksville, Tennessee, juried into “Women Painting Women: In Earnest”

March, Affordable Art Fair in NYC, exhibited with Galerie Virginie Barrou Planquart of Paris


2016

September, Davis Gallery, Austin, TX: Painters Painting Painters exhibit

June, Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC: Five-woman show at the Vendue Inn

May, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO: invited into Contemporary Configuration

April, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO: invited into Nexus

March, Art Room.Space Gallery, Fort Worth, TX: group exhibition


2015

October, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO: Urban exhibit

September, Austin, TX: invited into Vessel, a 2D and 3D exhibit curated by Brian David Johnson

August , Abend Gallery, Denver CO: invited into Edge of Realism exhibit

August, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO: invited to participate in Unfurl, exhibit curated by Mia Bergeron

August, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO: invited to participate in A Friendly Challenge, by Kevin Weckbach

June, Georgetown Art Center, TX: invited into first regional Women Painting Women show organized by Felice House

February, Arts Center of the Ozarks, AK: featured in Vox Femina

February, Sirona Fine Art, FL: Juried into Poets/Artists’ “The Artist’s Gaze: Seeing Women in the Twenty-first Century”



2014

September, Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC: Juried into 5th Annual Women Paint Women Show

September, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: invited into the Pay It Forward Show


2013September, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: Women Painting Women exhibition

May, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York: two-person exhibition

January, Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA: “About Face” self-portrait group exhibition



2012

November, East Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX

October, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE: juried art auction

August, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: “100 Degrees” group show

July, Bennington Center for the Arts, Vermont: Artists for the New Century exhibition

June, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York: self-portrait exhibition

March, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: solo exhibition




2011

November, East Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX

October, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE: juried art auction

September, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: Affordable Art Show

July, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: “Rivers” group show




2010

December, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: group show

November, East Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX

November, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC: juried show “Women Painting Women”

October, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE: juried art auction

September, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: Drawing exhibit

August, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: Anniversary group show

March, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: solo exhibition




2009

November, East Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX

October, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: Artists’ Choice Show

October, Bass Concert Music Hall, Austin, TX: solo show

September, Austin, TX: Austin Visual Arts Association: juried exhibition

July, Showings Fine Art Gallery, Denver, CO: curated Women Artists’ Show

January, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: “A Grand Affair” group show




2008

December, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: group show

November, East Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX

October, Austin Visual Arts Association, Austin, TX: juried life drawing show

October, USArtist’s Show, Philadelphia, PA: invited by the Principle Gallery

May, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: Solo Painter show

January, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: “A Grand Affair,” group exhibition




2007

December, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: “Small Works Show,” group exhibition

December, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: “Alice in Wonderland,” group exhibition

November, Davis Gallery, Austin, TX: group exhibition

June-July, Winston-Wachter Gallery, Seattle, WA: group exhibition

April, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: Solo Painter show




2006

December, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: “Small Works Show,” group exhibition

November, Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: East Austin Studio Tour, group exhibition

November, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: “The Artist’s Process,” group exhibition

September, Art in Embassy Program, Republic of Cyprus: Painting selected to be part of program

September, Texas Freedom Network Art Auction, silent art auction benefit

August, Galerie Dalray, New Orleans, LA: group exhibition

July, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA: group figurative exhibition

July, Bella Creo Fine Art Gallery, Boerne, TX: group exhibition

April, F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: two-painter/two-photographer show

March, Austin Visual Arts Association: juried figurative art exhibition

February, ArtErotica, Austin, silent auction benefiting AIDS Services of Austin




2005

November, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: group exhibition

November, Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: East Austin Studio Tour, group exhibition

November, Texas Freedom Network Art Auction, silent art auction benefit

August, 39th Annual Juried Salado Art Fair, Salado, TX

April, F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: solo painter exhibition

February, ArtErotica, Austin, TX: silent auction benefiting AIDS Services of Austin




2004

November, Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: East Austin Studio Tour, group exhibition

November, Texas Freedom Network Art Auction, silent art auction benefit

November, Women Who Paint Women, Little City Coffeehouse, Austin, curator & participant of 6-woman show

November, F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: “Art Wide Shut,” group show

October, Texas Hill Country Invitational Art Show, Boerne, TX: a featured artist

September, Women and their Work Gallery, Austin, TX: “Red Hot Red Dot”, art show & silent auction

August, Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: “Home Is Where the Art Is,” organizer & participant

August, F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: “Retro Show” group exhibition

July, Spirit Echoes Inc. Fine Arts Festival, Austin, TX: juried show

June, F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: two-painter exhibition, sold-out show

April, Guerrilla Gallery Ladyfest Art Show, Austin, TX: juried art exhibition

April, Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: East Austin Studio Tour, group exhibition

April, Austin Fine Arts Festival, Austin, TX: displayed artwork & gave painting portrait demos

February, ArtErotica, Blue Genie Art Industries, Austin, silent auction benefiting AIDS Services of Austin

January, Zandoozi Gallery, Austin, TX: solo exhibition




2003

December, Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: “Salon des RefusŽs,” group exhibition

November, Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX: East Austin Studio Tour, group exhibition

November, Texas Freedom Network Art Auction, silent art auction benefit

April, Blue Genie Art Industries, Austin, TX: “Spring Art Show,” group exhibition

March, ArtErotica, Blue Genie Art Industries, Austin, TX: silent auction benefiting AIDS Services of Austin



Teaching Experience:


2018 Cofounded Atelier Dojo Austin, Realist Art Academy in Austin, Texas

2017 Private classes, figure painting and portraiture instruction

2016Private classes, figure painting and portraiture instruction

2016Georgetown Art Center, Portrait Oil Painting Workshop

2015Private classes, figure painting and portraiture instruction

2015Georgetown Art Center, Portrait Oil Painting Workshop

2014Private classes, figure painting and portraiture instruction

2014Georgetown Art Center, Figurative Oil Painting Workshop 

2013Private classes, figure painting and portraiture instruction

2012Private classes, figure painting

2011Private classes, figure painting

2009Private classes, figure painting

2008Private classes, figure painting and portraiture instruction

2007Private classes, figure painting and still-life instruction

2007Austin Waldorf School, 12th Grade oil painting and drawing self-portraiture instructor

2006Austin Waldorf School, 11th Grade oil painting and drawing still-life instructor

2006Sculpture Academy of Austin, figurative painting educator

2005Sculpture Academy of Austin, figurative drawing

2004Austin Fine Arts Festival, gave portrait demonstrations


Published Works:


American Art Collector, August 2018, “Painting Now”

New American Paintings, 2018, Featured Artists/Recent Work

Poets/Artist Magazine, September, 2017 “Familia”

Poets/Artist Magazine, August, 2017 “Woman as Warrior”

Paint & Draw Magazine, August, 2017, “Interview…Jennifer Balkan”

Poets/Artist Magazine, June, 2017, “The New Nude”

Artists on Art Magazine, May 2017, published my article “I Feel Blue Much of the Time”

Eastside Magazine, February 2017, “Beneath the Mask”

Fine Art Connoisseur, January 2017, Go Figure

Poets and Artists Magazine, 2017, interviewed by Walt Morton for Artist of the Week

Savvy Painter interview for podcast, November 2016

American Art Collector, June 2015 “Unfurl at Gallery 1261”

Austin Woman Magazine, November 2014

Combustus, September 2014

The New York Optimist, September, 2014

American Art Collector, May, 2013, “Jennifer Balkan & John McCarthy: Disguises and Disappearances”

Sacramento Bee, January, 2013, “About Face” self-portrait show at the Elliot Fouts Gallery”

Austin Chronicle, January, 2013, “Top Ten from Visual Art in 2012″

Austin Chronicle, March, 2012, “Jennifer Balkan: Peep Holes”

American Art Collector, March, 2012, “Peep Holes: Jennifer Balkan”

Austin Chronicle, November, 2010, “East Austin Studio Tour”

American Art Collector, November, 2010, “Women Painting Women”

Austin Visual Arts Awards, 2009, nominated for Artist of the Year in 2-Dimensional Art

Austin Chronicle, November, 2008, “Welcome to My Studio”

Austin Woman, September, 2008, “Keep Austin Artistic: Jennifer Balkan, Painter”

Austin Chronicle, May, 2008, “Jennifer Balkan: Hidden Meaning”

Southwest Art, May, 2008, “Seriously Funny: six artists view life with imagination and wit”

Falls Church News, January, 2008, review published

New American Paintings, October, 2007, artwork published

Austin Chronicle, May, 2007, “Jennifer Balkan: Her New Work”

Farfelu Magazine, Summer 2006, artwork published

Edifice Wrecked, Spring, 2006, artwork and interview published

Southwest Art Magazine, December 2005, “Artist to Watch”

West Austin News, May 2005

Southwest Art, December 2004

Austin Monthly, October 2004, “Jennifer Balkan, Painting With a Passion”

Austin American Statesman Xlent, April, July 2004

Austin Chronicle, February 2004, January 2004


Awards:


Nominated for Best Visual Artist in Austin for 2018 by Austin Critics Table

Portrait Society of America, 2017, Finalist

Portrait Society of America, 2017, Texas Top Ten

Academy of Realist Art in Boston, 2016, selected to participate in figurative painting competition

Austin Chronicle Readers’ Poll, Best Visual Artist of 2015

Portrait Society of America, 2015, First Merit

Portrait Society of America, 2015, 9th Place


Juror Experience:


2017 selected juror for Austin Art Boards in Austin, Texas

2014 selected juror for ArtHop in Georgetown, Texas