Jill Moser - portrait

Jill Moser

United States 1956

Abstract Art

Jill Moser
Jill Moser
United States
December 6, 2017
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Jill Moser is an American abstract artist whose work explores the intersection of “painting, writing and the animated image.” Moser earned her B.A. from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, in 1978, and her M.F.A. from Hunter College, New York, in 1981. She has been awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellowship and a Max Beckmann Scholarship in Painting from the Brooklyn Museum. She has taught at Princeton, Virginia Commonwealth University, and several other prestigious institutions.

Jill Moser Coastlines
Jill Moser – Coastlines, 2015. Etching. 72.3 x 100.3 cm


Moser has an interdisciplinary practice that includes painting, printmaking, drawing and collage. Her printmaking includes a diverse array of techniques, such as lithograph, etching, monoprint, intaglio, and screen printing. Her work can be understood in relation to the history of written language—marks that carry meaning. Her brush marks are lyrical, gestural and calligraphic. The lines and forms at first appear spontaneous, yet they evolve through a methodical, indexical process. Moser constructs her compositions in terms of figures on a ground. The surfaces are layered and textured, creating a sense that the lines, marks and figures are suspended in dimensional space. Color and tone add emotional and visual weight to the work, creating pictures that are at the same time self-referential, revelatory of the process of their making, and open to the interpretation of viewers.

Jill Moser abstract art
Jill Moser – 10.1, 2010. Gouache and acrylic on paper. 49.5 x 64.8 cm


Moser is inspired by languages, whether written, visual, indexical, or gestural. She seeks balance similar to that sought by a poet—between conveying enough meaning that the viewer has a guided revelatory experience, and allowing enough room for surprise during the creation and presentation of the work that additional layers of meaning can emerge. She also finds inspiration in such things as the language of filmmaking, the history of symbology, and the collaborative process, for example inviting writers to contribute texts that Moser then interprets into abstract visual compositions.

Jill Moser abstract art painting
Jill Moser – 7.1, 2008. Gouache on paper. 57.2 x 76.2 cm

Relevant Quotes

In their article about Moser on romanovgrave.com, Fintan Boyle and Jennie Nichols wrote,

“the sign, the word, the utterance, the shot, the mark as not transparent, but as sites of contested possibilities drenched in unending layers of connotation. It is this particular filtering of language and sign making that shaped Moser’s early work. And language, as writing, as graphic icon, as bearer of meaning, as a bundle of loose lipped conventions we all share and trade in has always, and continues to be a model in Moser’s work.”

Jill Moser painting
Jill Moser – 1.20 (Ref 99), 1999. Casein on paper. 55.9 x 55.9 cm

Exhibitions and Collections

Moser has exhibited extensively around the world, including at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, and many others.

She lives and works in New York City.

Featured image: Jill Moser – portrait
All images courtesy of the artist and IdeelArt

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2018Syntax: Drawings 1993-1995Lennon Weinberg Inc., New York, NYSolo
201818-3838Heather Gaudio Fine Arts, New Canaan, CTGroup
2017play replayLennon, Weinberg Inc., New York, NYSolo
2017Exposicao Arte CollaborativaGaleria Via Thorey, Vitoria, BrazilGroup
2017Citings/SightingsLennon, Weinberg Inc., New York, NYGroup
2016Paintings and PrintsHeather Gaudio, New Canaan, CTSolo
2016Hold to DriftReynolds Gallery, Richmond, VASolo
2016A Big Enough UmbrellaPlanthouse, New York, NYGroup
2016The Last Picture ShowJames Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2015A Decade of PaintingBentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZSolo
2015Marks Made: Prints by American Woman Artists from the 1960’s to the PresentMuseum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FLGroup
2015Salon du DessinLennon, Weinberg, Inc., New York, NYGroup
2015Line: Making the MarkMuseum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2014New Paintings and Works on PaperLennon, Weinberg, Inc., New York, NYSolo
2014A Suite of Sixteen Street DrawingsThe Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, NYSolo
2014Pouring It OnHerter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MAGroup
2013Playing with Process: Explorations in Experimental PrintmakingMuseum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2013How You Gonna Get Back to JerseyPlanthouse, New York, NYGroup
2013Neo ChromaBentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZGroup
2012New PaintingsLennon, Weinberg, Inc., New York, NYSolo
2011New PaintingsJames Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NMSolo
2011ConversationHeriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LOSolo
2011StillsDubner Moderne, Lausanne, SwitzerlandSolo
2011Au Plaisir du LivreLibrairie Auguste Blaizot, Paris, FranceGroup
2011Extravagant DrawingDorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NYGroup
2011Fresh PaintReynolds Gallery, Richmond, VAGroup
2010EditionsWade Wilson Art, Houston, TXSolo
2010New Paintings and PrintsLennon, Weinberg, Inc., New York, NYSolo
2010Between Picture and Viewer: The Image in Contemporary PaintingVisual Arts Gallery at the School of Visual Arts, New York, NYGroup
2010Ends and MeansLennon, Weinberg, Inc. New YorkGroup
2010The White AlbumWade Wilson Art, Houston, TXGroup
2010Graphic Masters III: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art MuseumSmithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.Group
2010See ThroughIslip Art Museum, Islip, NYGroup
2009Sixteen StreetWade Wilson Art, Houston, TXSolo
2009Before AgainLennon, Weinberg Inc., New York, NYGroup
2009Drawing ItselfBrattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT Group
2009On, Of or About: 50 paper worksTexas State University, San Marcos, TXGroup
2009New Prints 2009/SpringInternational Print Center NY, New York, NYGroup
2009Beneath the SeenWade Wilson Art, Houston, TXGroup
2009Jill Moser/Lucinda CobleyEl Centro College, Dallas, TXGroup
2008Flow ChartLennon, Weinberg Inc., New York, NYGroup
2007New PaintingsLennon, Weinberg, Inc., New York, NYSolo
2007New WorkWade Wilson Art, Houston, TXSolo
2007The UnseenLee Gallery, Clemson University, Clemson, SCGroup
2007New Prints 2007/ SpringInternational Print Center NY, New York, NYGroup
2007Small is BeautifulFlowers, New York, NYGroup
2006Naming GameBentley Projects. Phoenix, AZSolo
2006Naming GameFine Arts Galleries, URI, Kingston, RISolo
2006Action PrecisionLennon, Weinberg Inc., New York, NYGroup
2006Opening Group ShowWade Wilson Art, Houston, TXGroup
2005New DrawingsStudio Caparrelli, London, United KingdomSolo
2005Naming Game1708 Gallery, Richmond, VASolo
2005Naming GameWestby Gallery, Rowan University, NJSolo
2005New Prints 2005/WinterInternational Print Center NY, New York, NYGroup
2004Paringsosp gallery, Boston, MASolo
2004Masters of the ObviousHampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MAGroup
2004From Abstraction to Minimalism: SelectionsBradbury Gallery, Fowler Center, Arkansas State University, Fayetteville, AKGroup
2003Naming GameKiang Gallery, Atlanta, GASolo
2003SupercoolKathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NYGroup
2003Recent Acquisitions: Works on PaperThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NYGroup
2003Define LineMetaphor Contemporary Arts, Brooklyn, New York, NYGroup
2003Line DancingIslip Museum of Art, Islip, NYGroup
2002Drawn From A Family: Contemporary Works on PaperColby College Museum of Art, Waterville, MEGroup
2001New WorkKiang Gallery, Atlanta, GASolo
2001Painting Abstraction IINew York Studio School, New York, NYGroup
2000Works on PaperKate Ganz Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2000New York-Classicism-NowHirschl & Adler Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2000SnapshotBaltimore Museum of Contemporary Art, BaltimoreGroup
1999Recent WorkJan Maiden Fine Arts, Columbus, OHSolo
1999TopographiesInstituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano, Lima, PeruSolo
1998Topographies: PaintingsDanese Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1997After The Fall: Aspects of Abstract Painting Since 1970Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NYGroup
1997Drawing From LifeStark Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1996North Fork DrawingsWynn Kramarsky, New York, NYSolo
1996Figuration Forward: Jill Moser/ Catherine LeeFine Arts Gallery, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RIGroup
1995Drawings from the Agnes Gund CollectionThe Century Association, New York, NYGroup
1994Paintings & DrawingsBlack + Greenberg Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1994Group ShowJohn McEnroe Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1994Matter MattersProctor Art Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NYGroup
1993Black & White DrawingsThe Museum of Modern Art, New York, NYGroup
1993The Return of the Cadavre ExquisThe Drawing Center, New York, NYGroup
1992Slow Art: Painting in New York NowPS 1, Long Island City, NYGroup
1992Persistence of PaintingKohn Pederson Fox, New York, NYGroup
1991Recent AcquisitionsNational Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.Group
1989American Art Since WW II: Prints & DrawingsThe Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
1987DrawingsDamon Brandt Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1987Recent Acquisitions: DrawingsThe Museum of Modern Art, New York, NYGroup
1987Art on PaperThe Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NCGroup
1986Group ShowFoxley Leach Gallery, Washington, D.C.Group
1986Art/WorkBond Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1985Group ExhibitionDamon Brandt Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1984Selections 25The Drawing Center, New York, NYGroup
1983The Black & White ShowKenkeleba Gallery, New York, NYGroup