Friday, April 5, 2013

Member Spotlight: Visual Artist Cornelia Jensen's Solo Show "Sand & Sky"

The Saguaros 2012 Oil stick,
latex paint and shellac on canvas (36" x 42")

International Women Artists'
Salon is happy to announce Salon member Cornelia Jensen's solo show "Sand & Sky;" a wonderful collection of landscape paintings.


Steeplechase Coffee Shop

Friday April 5th Opening, show up until May 29th 2013

8 -11pm

3013 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, NY

For those who wish to attend, take the F Train to the "Fort Hamilton Parkway" stop and exit at the front of the train. Turn right and walk up the slope to the street and continue in that direction on Fort Hamilton Parkway for two blocks. The coffee shop is on the right.


This show is called SAND & SKY because it is a collection of paintings of Arizona desert scenes. These are images that I saw, some I photographed, some are from memory, some are pleine-aire studies. I participated in an artist residency at the Petrified Forest National Park and have taken several road trips out there. I have a deep love of Arizona and the great west.

For many years I have enjoyed working in various diverse media including film, video, welding, collage, found-object assemblage, and light sculpture. But I will always return to my first love of drawing and painting. Growing up, my father was a plein-aire landscape painter who loved barns and fields and water scenes. He studied with the reputable landscape painter Wolf Kahn. Occasionally he took me with him on his painting excursions. He passed away when I was eighteen. Now, almost thirty years later, I am following in his brushstrokes and embracing a love of landscape painting...even using some of the very same brushes he used.

Cornelia Jensen received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2008. From 1988 to 1991 Jensen attended the graduate program in Film/Video Performance at the formerly named California College of Arts and Crafts. In 1987, she received a BA in Philosophy from Haverford College. In 1986 she studied at the Syracuse University Studio Art Program in Florence, Italy. She graduated with honors in Art from The Masters School in 1983 and received the Linda Wyatt Chissell Art Award. Jensen has curated numerous exhibitions in New York and San Francisco and has exhibited her work in the United States, Europe and Asia. In San Francisco, Jensen was a resident artist at the Lola Gallery, which she also helped create. She also designed and created the art and film venue called The Werepad, where she produced independent films and multi-media events. In 2011 Jensen attended an artist residency at the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona where she followed in her father's footsteps and pursued landscape painting, which is now one of her main forms of expression. Jensen also creates found-object assemblage and recycled Styrofoam light sculpture. Jensen currently lives and works in Brooklyn as a painter and lighting designer.

Artist Statement
Jensen's landscape paintings portrays natural vistas so far removed from urban life that the scenes have become mythical. Her work addresses the presence and absence of nature in our environment and a personal concern with the existence and lifespan of our natural environment…what it offers, what it requires…how it suffers or wins.


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