Jim Phalen - Seven Still Lifes, 2007 (detail) - Courtesy of Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Jim Phalen

United States 1957

Painting

www.jimphalen.com

Jim Phalen
Jim Phalen
Male
United States
1957
January 2, 2016
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Jim Phalen is an American contemporary artist born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1957. He is well known for his still life paintings which most often present austere arrangements of simple objects.

Art by Jim Phalen

Jim Phalen - Facture #2, 2014 - Pomegranate and Spoon, 2014 - Six Pomegranates, 2011
Jim Phalen – Facture #2, 2014 / Pomegranate and Spoon, 2014 / Six Pomegranates, 2011

Jim Phalen received his BFA in Sculpture from San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, in 1980; his MA in painting from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM in 1985, and his MFA in Painting from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, in 1986. He taught at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, and at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA. Phalen paints almost always from life. He studies the object for days before starting to paint, so he can be sure his works will be quite simple, yet very elegant.

Art by Jim Phalen

Jim Phalen - Artichoke, Tomatillos, Rhubarb, 2009 - January, 2009
Jim Phalen – Artichoke, Tomatillos, Rhubarb, 2009 / January, 2009

The paintings start with a thin layer of color, creating a sort of underpainting, which help the artist see if the elements will work together. In the early stage, pomegranate is a red-ish circle, for example. If the elements do work together, they are gradually transformed into something that is recognizable. The artist only paints what he finds to be paintable, as the essence of a flying bird or a moving car could never be truly captured and shown.

He is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

Jim Phalen lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

All images courtesy of the artist.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2012Jim PhalenLinda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
2010Jim PhalenLinda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
2009LA Art FairLos Angeles, CAGroup
2009Chicago Art FairChicago, ILGroup
2008Jim PhalenLinda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
2008La Nature MorteDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
200825th Anniversary ExhibitionLinda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2006ExcerptDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2005Group ShowGallery Artists, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2004Northwest Realism InvitationalAnacortes Arts Festival, Anacortes, WAGroup
2004Artists Select ArtistsCumberland Gallery, Nashville, TNGroup
2003Jim Phalen, Undercurrents of the CommonplaceFrye Art Museum, Seattle, WASolo
2003Grand OpeningA&C Fine Art, East Greenwich, RIGroup
2003Grand OpeningDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2002Held Still, Ellen Garvens & Jim PhalenDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2002Perception of Experience; A Decade of Contemporary American Figure DrawingFrye Art Museum, Seattle, WAGroup
2001Figure EightDiane Nelson Fine Art, Long Beach, CAGroup
2001Realism InvitationalVan De Griff/Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2001Group ShowCaroline Blake Gallery, Charleston, SCGroup
2000Jim PhalenDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2000Jim PhalenJohn Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CASolo
2000Grand OpeningJohn Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CAGroup
1999Jim Phalen, PaintingsHumbolt State University, Arcata, CASolo
1999All CreaturesJohn Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CAGroup
1999Leonardo LivesBellvue Art Museum, Bellevue, WAGroup
1998New FacultyCornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WAGroup
1997Paintings 1990-97University of Puget Sound, Kittridge Gallery, Tacoma, WASolo
1996Certain Uncertainties; Chaos and the Human ExperienceBowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, MEGroup
199445th New York ExhibitionAlbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NYGroup
1993New York-New MexicoGraham Gallery, Albuquerque, NMSolo
1993UnknownCaplan Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
1993Small WorksPace Gallery, New York University, New York, NYGroup
1993UnknownKent State University, Canton, OHGroup
1992Jim PhalenCollege of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NYSolo
1992New York FiveBachelier-Cardonsky, Gallery, Kent, CTSolo
1992Jim PhalenKent State University, Canton, OHSolo
1992Salon ShowHerron Test Site, Brooklyn, NYGroup
1992Small WorksBrooke Alaxander Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1992EventoApE Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1992GroupingsWestchester Gallery, White Plains, NYGroup
1991Jim PhalenXOXO Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1991Small Works, A National CompetitionNew York University, NYGroup
1990Jim PhalenWestchester College, White Plains, NYSolo
1988PaintingsBOCA Downtown, Brooklyn, NYGroup
1986Jim PhalenUniversity Art Museum, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NMSolo
1986StatementsProminent New Mexico Artists, Albuquerque, NMGroup
1985Jim PhalenKron/Reck Gallery, Albuquerque, NMSolo
1985Jim PhalenTeaching Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NMSolo
1985The FigureKron/Reck Gallery, Albuquerque, NMGroup
1982Jim PhalenPier Space, San Francisco, CASolo
1980Jim PhalenDiego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CASolo
1980PainterlySan Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CAGroup