painting

Jean Lowe

United States

Installation, Sculpture, Fine Art, Painting

Jean Lowe
Jean Lowe
Female
United States
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May 15, 2015
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.

Jean Lowe is a noted American painter and sculptor known for her three-dimensional works of enamel-painted papier-mâché. Lowe received her BA from UC Berkeley in 1983, and her MFA from UC San Diego in 1988 where she served as a visiting lecturer from 1992 to 2008.

Jean Lowe’s Books and Ideas in an Age of Anxiety

Jean Lowe creates three-dimensional sculptural representations of everyday objects using papier-mâché, French for “chewed paper”, and enamel paint. Her humorous and subversive installations question intellectual and cultural institutions and societal assumptions.
Lowe is known for her large collection of papier-mâché books with evocative and amusing titles such as Accelerated Zen Buddhism: How to Win at the Hereafter, Anxiety: The Unexploited Weight Loss Tool, and Who’s Who in American Prisons.
Her work Books and Ideas in an Age of Anxiety comprises a collection of them in display cases and is situated in Byers Hall at UCSF as part of the J. Michael Bishop Art Collection at Mission Bay.

Quint Gallery, San Diego
Left: Jean Lowe – The Evolutionary Cul-de-Sac / Right: Jean Lowe – Elegant and Easy

Hey Sexy!

In 2012 Lowe held very successful solo show Hey Sexy! at Quint Contemporary Art in San Diego. The exhibition incorporated paintings and installations in which Jean investigated our place within a consumer society evoking the intellectually provocative while simultaneously maintaining an entertaining playfulness. Depicting imagery from consumer culture with baroque decor backgrounds of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, Lowe’s the Hey Sexy! series of works address the viewer actively as a participant in our consumerism driven environment, an idea that is easily grasped but also very expansive as it refers to the very capitalistic model that drives the progress of modernity.

Jean Lowe - Hey Sexy, at Quint Contemporary Art, 2012, photo credits - Artsy
Jean Lowe – Hey Sexy, at Quint Contemporary Art, 2012, photo credits – Artsy

Lost Time

Playfully transforming the banal into the magical, Lowe slyly critiques the way society assigns value. For her recent solo show held at McKenzie Fine Art in Chelsea, Jean created a fake auction house showroom. Her showroom installation was decorated with paintings and digital prints depicting glossy auction house catalogue covers and posters. From fictional auction houses and websites such as “Heritage Holdovers”, “Roquefort’s”, and “PoliceAuctions.com“, Lowe’s pieces illustrate items from sales which feature everything from love letters, fine watches, and important old master works, to manuscripts and ephemera.

Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Jean Lowe is the recipient of WESTAF/NEA Regional Fellowship in sculpture grant in 1992, A Pollock-Krasner Foundation award and a CalArts/Alpert Ucross Residency Prize, among many others. Lowe’s work is included in many private and public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA, San Diego Museum of Art Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CA, among others and she has been exhibited at museums and galleries across the US and in European venues, as well.

Jean Lowe lives and works in Encinitas, California and is married to artist Kim MacConnel.



YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Savoir Faire: What it is and How to Get itQuint Gallery, La Jolla, CASolo
2014Lost TimeMcKenzie Fine Arts Inc, New YorkSolo
2013Faux RealLaguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CAGroup
2013The Very Large ArrayMuseum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CAGroup
2013The Book Shop: Artworks as Books, Books as ArtworksRosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2012Live the Dream.McKenzie Fine Arts Inc, New YorkSolo
2012Hey Sexy.Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CASolo
2012Contested Terrain: Painting the Modern LandscapeJoslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NBGroup
2011Look 20 Years YoungerRosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2011Ex LibrisAdam Baumgold Gallery, New YorkGroup
2011New Image SculptureMcNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TXGroup
2011Sweet and SavoryPavel Zoubok Gallery, New YorkGroup
2010Yes, Yes, Yes.McKenzie Fine Art Inc, New YorkSolo
2010A Sense of HumorJohn Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WIGroup
2010Reader’s DelightMcKenzie Fine Art Inc, New YorkGroup
2009Love for SaleRosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2009Quint: Three Decades of Contemporary ArtCalifornia Center for the Arts, Escondido, CAGroup
2009AnimalkindUniversity Art Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego, CAGroup
2009Post CardSushi Performance and Visual ArtGroup
2008Love for SaleQuint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CASolo
2008Achieve and Maintain a More Powerful DelusionMcKenzie Fine Art Inc, New YorkSolo
2008Like LifelikeUCR Sweeney Art Gallery, Riverside, CAGroup
2008Art and Illusion: Selections from the Weisman Art FoundationSusquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PAGroup
2008Weighing and Wanting: Selections from the Permanent CollectionMuseum of Contemporary ArtGroup
2008Text MessagingIslip Art Museum, East Islip, NYGroup
2008Reflections from the Artist's Eye: Contemporary Art from the Weisman Art FoundationWeisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CAGroup
2008Recent Acquisitions at the AthenaeumAthenaeum Music and Arts Library, La Jolla, CAGroup
2008Art and Illusion: Selections from the Weisman Art FoundationRoseville Arts Roseville, CAGroup
2008Innocence is QuestionableCalifornia Center for the Arts, Escondido, CAGroup
2007Achieve and Maintain a Power DelusionRosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2007The Loneliness ClinicDust Gallery, Las Vegas, NVSolo
2007Suburban SublimeMuseum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, San Diego, CAGroup
2007PostdecJoseloff Gallery, West Hartford, CTGroup
2007The Story GoesMcKenzie Fine Art Inc, New YorkGroup
2007Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists, 1980-2006Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007Corpus HumorousShatford Library, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CAGroup
2007Painting <=> DesignClaremont Graduate University, Claremont, CAGroup
2007International Women Artist's BiennaleIncheon, KoreaGroup
2006The Loneliness ClinicMcKenzie Fine Art Inc, New YorkSolo
2006Married to ArtJewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2006Art Inside the ParkJefferson, MOGroup
2006The Artful JesterBrattleboro Museum of Art, Brattleboro, VTGroup
2006National PsycheThe Lab, San Francisco, CAGroup
2006Summer Group Sculpture ShowQuint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CAGroup
2006World Without EndMcKenzie Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2005Grand TourQuint Contemporary, La Jolla, CASolo
2005LibraryCannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CASolo
2005Southern ExposureMCASD, San Diego, CASolo
2005Conversational LagVolume Gallery, New YorkGroup
2005Inter-StatesDNA Gallery, Provincetown, MAGroup
2005Southern ExposureMuseum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, San Diego, CAGroup
2004Empire StyleMcKenzie Fine Art, New YorkSolo
2004The Loneliness ClinicRosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2003Empire StyleRosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2003The Course of the EmpireKemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MOSolo
2003Sprawl: New Suburban LandscapesUniversity of California, Riverside, Riverside, CAGroup
2003reading: materialVolume Gallery, New YorkGroup
2003LAPDRosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2003Skowhegan Faculty ExhibitionInstitute of Contemporary Art, Portland, MaineGroup
2002Gentlemen’s ClubSanta Ana Arts Complex, Santa Ana, CASolo
2002Flowers and MandalasMargeaux Kurtie Modern Art, Madrid, NMSolo
2002Officina AmericaGalleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, ItalyGroup
2002I-5 Resurfacing: Four Decades of California Contemporary Art, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CAGroup
2002RedSushi Performance and Visual Art, San Diego, CAGroup
2001Human NatureBodi Modern Art, Newport, RISolo
2001Jean Lowe: Selected BooksCalifornia State University San Marcos, San Marcos, CASolo
2001VacationQuint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CASolo
2001Selections From the Library of Doctor PohattenKohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WISolo
2001Lateral Thinking: Art of 1990’sMuseum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, San Diego, CAGroup
2001The Flower ShowBodi Modern Art, Newport, RIGroup
2001I-5 Resurfacing: Four Decades of California Contemporary Art, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CAGroup
2000Jean Lowe: Selected Works 1993-2000The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TXSolo
2000Selected BooksMargeaux Kurtie Modern Art, Madrid, NMSolo
2000The Evolutionary Cul de SacMuseum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, San Diego, CASolo
2000Books and Ideas in an Age of Anxiety: Selections From the AnnexAthenaeum, La Jolla, CASolo
2000The Next Wave, New Painting in Southern CaliforniaCalifornia Center for the Arts, Escondido, CAGroup
2000Art ALiveSan Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CAGroup
2000New VoicesThe Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DEGroup
1999Zoo Story, collaboration with Kim MacConnelUniversity Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego, CASolo
1999Hollybury, USAMayor Gallery, London, United KingdomGroup
1998Cat’s CradleGalerie Francoise et ses freres, Lutherville, MDSolo
1998In the Body of Manifest DestinyQuint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CASolo
1998UnknownQuint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CAGroup
1997Dr. Pohatten’sHolly Solomon Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1997Animal KingdomNew Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJGroup
1997Sixteen Artists From CaliforniaCalifornia Rush, Sag Harbor, NYGroup
1997UnknownQuint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CAGroup
1997In Memory of PleasureKohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WIGroup
1996Pomp and CircumstanceHolly Solomon Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1996How to Win at ScratchersQuint Gallery, San Diego, CASolo
1996Accomplishments of ManThe Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OHSolo
1996AnimamundiJames Graham & Sons Gallery, New YorkGroup
1996Home Show IISanta Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
1996Subversive DomesticityEdwin A Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KSGroup
1995Bull Story, collaboration with Kim MacConnelHolly Solomon Gallery, New YorkSolo
1995Accomplishments of ManCalifornia Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CASolo
1995Wallpaper WorksContemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TXGroup
1995Next of Kin: Looking at the Great ApesMIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MAGroup
1995Going For BaroqueThe Contemporary (at the Walters Art Gallery), Baltimore, MDGroup
1995Fun HOuseES Vandam, New YorkGroup
1995Issues of EmpireGuggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CAGroup
1995UnknownQuint Gallery, La Jolla, CAGroup
1994Domestic SpaceGracieMansion Fine Arts, New YorkSolo
1994Jean LoweGalerie van Mourik, Rotterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
1994Real Nature: Accomplishments of ManMadison Center for the Arts, Madison, WISolo
1994A Lesson in Civics, inSight ‘94 Casa de la Cultura, Tijuana, BC, MexicoSolo
1994Southern Exposure 20th Anniversary ExhibitionSouthern Exposure, San Francisco, CAGroup
1994Bad Girls WestWright Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1994Box ShowChildren's Museum, San Diego, CAGroup
1994Dancing Frogs and Altarwings: Animal Allegories in Contemporary ArtKohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WIGroup
1994inSITE 94: ParallelsHartman & Company, La Jolla, CAGroup
1994Art and the LawWest Publishing, Traveling Exhibition, Egan, MNGroup
1994WildlifeCalifornia Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CAGroup
1994HereQuint Gallery, La Jolla, CAGroup
1993Lost NatureQuint Gallery, La Jolla, CASolo
1993Bull Story, Collaboration with Kim MacConnelMuseum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CASolo
1993Real Nature: Accomplishments of ManLos Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CASolo
1993Local Production-San Diego Area ArtistsCalifornia Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CAGroup
1993From Destruction to Reclamation: Endangered LifeSoutheastern Center for Contemporary Arts, Winston-Salem, NCGroup
1993USA-TodayNetherlands Textile Museum, Tilburg, The NetherlandsGroup
1992Tale of the Bull-Cuento del Toro, collaboration with Kim MacConnelTijuana, BC, MexicoSolo
1992Jardin ZoologiqueFounders Gallery, University of San Diego, San Diego, CASolo
1992A Dilettante’s Conversation on the Topics of Anthropocentrism and Western ConsumerismPittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PASolo
1992From the Studio: Recent Painting and Sculpture by 20 California ArtistsOakland Museum, Oakland, CAGroup
1992We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming… White Columns, New York, NYGroup
1991A Dilettante’s Conversation on the Topics of Anthropocentrism and Western Consumerism Laguna.Art Museum, South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CASolo
1991ComfortChristopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
1991Sightseeing, Travel and Tourism in Contemporary ArtWhitney Museum of American Art, Downtown at Federal Reserve Plaza, New YorkGroup
1991To Wit: Timely Objects with Ironic TendenciesRosa Esman Gallery, New YorkGroup
1990A Dilettante’s Conversation on the Topics of Anthropocentrism and Western Consumerism Gracie.Mansion Gallery, New YorkSolo
1990New York, New WorkHelander Gallery, Palm Beach, FLGroup
1990Satellite Intelligence: New Art from Boston and San DiegoMuseum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, La Jolla, CAGroup
1990Summer Group ShowGracie Mansion Gallery, New YorkGroup
1989Grand PlanSouthern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1989Bad Boss StoryGracie Mansion Gallery, New YorkSolo
1989Paint ForumEuphrat Gallery, De Anza College, Cupertino, CAGroup
1989Drawings By Artists We LikeDietrich Jenny Gallery, San Diego, CAGroup
1988Jean LoweDietrich Jenny Gallery, San Diego, CASolo
1988Jean LoweMandeville Annex Gallery, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CASolo
1988Jean LoweDietrich Jenny Gallery, San Diego, CASolo
1988Fate of the AnimalsWorth Ryder Gallery, University of California, BerkeleyGroup
1988Summer Group ShowDietrich Jenny Gallery, San Diego, CAGroup
1986UCSD-SDSU Exchange ShowFlor y Canto Gallery, San Diego, CAGroup
1986Exhibition Series for Emerging ArtistsGalveston Art Center, Galveston, TXGroup
1986Artist’s Guild Open Juried ShowSan Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CAGroup
1985Figurative ArtHuntington Gallery, University of Texas, AustinGroup
1985Seventh Annual Spring Art ExhibitionAustin Contemporary Visual Arts Association, Austin, TXGroup
1983Narrative ArtWorth Ryder Gallery, University of California, BerkeleyGroup