Jennifer Balkan, Artist, 2012, photo via vimeo.com

Jennifer Balkan

United States 1970

Painting

www.jenniferbalkan.net

Jennifer Balkan
Jennifer Balkan
Female
United States
1970
March 31, 2016

Creating emotionally based psychological narratives, Jennifer Balkan paints the figures that are completely implemented into the background, using the bright colors and invasive brushstrokes to express the detail. She aims to capture emotional state, to represent the inner feeling through outer expression or body movement. Exploring human profiles, Balkan approaches her characters from the aspects of psychology and sociology. Painting the model, she imagines that build up layers from the core to the final surface of the skin. Expressing the personal concept, Balkan has always been inspired by woman appearance who are the main characters in her work. Recently she started to paint in series, presenting her closest friends and family.

In her luscious paintings she explores human profiles

Jennifer Balkan - Poof (left) - Slipping away (right), photos via aliafineart.com
Jennifer Balkan – Poof (left) – Slipping away (right), photos via aliafineart.com

Scientific Approach Consolidated with Artistic Spirit

Although she has been drawing all her life, painting became her full-time occupation in 2001. She studied behavioral neuroscience at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and received Ph. D in sociology from the University of Texas. Though she had an intellectual satisfaction and professional confirmation, she all the time craving for creative expression. In 2002. she finally decided to quit her job and take painting lessons. Her education has a crucial influence on her painting. With the vocational and scientific approach to her subjects, Balkan reveals the development of its interpersonal behavior. Her work has been exhibited in galleries all over The United States and internationally. Active in conducting workshops, Balkan also work as a teacher of figurative oil painting in her studio.

Women are the main subjects of the paintings

Jennifer Balkan - Naissance (left) - Fin (right), photo credits gallery1261.com
Jennifer Balkan – Naissance (left) – Fin (right), photo credits gallery1261.com

Emotions as a Driving Force

The great advantage of her as a painter who creates portraits is the ability to feel the intimacy with everyone she paints. Developing the relationship with her models, Balkan can easily get into their mind. Psychology is the ever-present part of her creational process. In the essence, she is the scientist who investigates psychology and sociology using the painting as her medium. Transforming her scientific studies into two-dimensional art pieces, she strives to catch the emotional state of her subjects. Her wishes are to create the relationship between the paint and the viewer. Her scientific side is still examining the phenomena of stir senses in front of the colored canvas. On one of her exhibitions, a young woman couldn’t resist the emotions and started to cry when she saw the painting. The artist was touched by that moment because that was exactly that she wanted to achieve – to see the truthful reaction of the objective viewer. The dialogue, which has begun between artist and the paint, should be finished in the relation between viewer and the work.

Jennifer Balkan is represented by Abend Gallery.

Jennifer Balkan lives and works in Austin, USA

Featured image: Artist, 2012, photo via vimeo.com
All images used for illustrative purpose only

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2014 Tomfoolery: Humor in Art Georgetown Art Center, Texas group
2014Nude Show UP Collective, Austin group
2014Unknown2013 East Austin Studio Tour, Austin, group group
2014Women Painting Women exhibition Principle Gallery, Alexandriagroup
2014UnknownEleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York duo
2014About Face Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramentogroup
2014Unknown 2012East Austin Studio Tour, Austingroup
2014Unknown Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omahagroup
2014100 Degrees Wally Workman Gallery, Austingroup
2014Artists for the New Century exhibition Bennington Center for the Arts, Vermont group
2014Self-portrait exhibition Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New Yorksolo
2014Jennifer BalkanWally Workman Gallery, Austinsolo
2011UnknownEast Austin Studio Tour, Austingroup
2011UnknownBemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omahagroup
2011Affordable Art Show Principle Gallery, Alexandria group
2011RiversWally Workman Gallery, Austin group
2010UnknownPrinciple Gallery, Alexandria group
2010Unknown East Austin Studio Tour, Austin group
2010Women Painting Women Robert Lange Studios, Charlestongroup
2010Unknown Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omahagroup
2010Drawing exhibit Principle Gallery, Alexandria group
2010Anniversary Wally Workman Gallery, Austin group
2010Jennifer BalkanWally Workman Gallery, Austin solo
2010Unknown 2009 East Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TXgroup
2010Artists’ Choice Show Principle Gallery, Alexandria group
2010Jennifer BalkanBass Concert Music Hall, Austin solo
2010Austin Visual Arts Association Austin group
2010Curated Women Artists’ Show Showings Fine Art Gallery, Denver group
2010A Grand Affair Wally Workman Gallery, Austin group
2010Unknown 2008 Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX: group group
2010Unknown East Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX group
2010Juried life drawing showAustin Visual Arts Association, Austin group
2010Unknown US Artist’s Show, Philadelphia, PA: invited by the Principle Gallery group
2010Jennifer BalkanWally Workman Gallery, Austinsolo
2010A Grand Affair Wally Workman Gallery, Austin group
2007 Small Works Show Principle Gallery, Alexandria group
2007Alice in Wonderland Wally Workman Gallery, Austin group
2007Unknown Davis Gallery, Austin group
2007Unknown Winston-Wachter Gallery, Seattlegroup
2007Jennifer BalkanWally Workman Gallery, Austinsolo
2006 Small Works Show Principle Gallery, Alexandria group
2006East Austin Studio Tour Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austin group
2006The Artist’s Process Principle Gallery, Alexandria group
2006Painting selected to be part of program Art in Embassy Program, Republic of Cyprus group
2006Silent art auction benefit Texas Freedom Network Art Auction group
2006Unknown Galerie Dalray, New Orleans group
2006Unknown Hespe Gallery, San Francisco group
2006Unknown Bella Creo Fine Art Gallery, Boerne group
2006Unknown F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austin duo
2006Unknown Austin Visual Arts Associationgroup
2005 Alexandria Principle Gallerygroup
2005East Austin Studio Tour Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austingroup
2005Jennifer Balkan F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austinsolo
2004 East Austin Studio Tour Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austingroup
2004Art Wide Shut F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austingroup
2004Texas Hill Country Invitational Art ShowBoernegroup
2004Red Hot Red Dot Women and their Work Gallery, Austingroup
2004Home Is Where the Art Is Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austingroup
2004Retro Show F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austingroup
2004Unknown Spirit Echoes Inc. Fine Arts Festival, Austingroup
2004Unknown F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austin,duo
2004Unknown Guerrilla Gallery Ladyfest Art Show, Austingroup
2004East Austin Studio Tour Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austingroup
2004Displayed artwork & gave painting portrait demos Austin Fine Arts Festival, Austin
2004Jennifer Balkan Zandoozi Gallery, Austinsolo
2003 Salon des RefusŽs Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austingroup
2003East Austin Studio Tour Art Amici Fine Art Gallery, Austingroup
2003Unknown Texas Freedom Network Art Auctiongroup
2003Spring Art Show Blue Genie Art Industries, Austin group