Wolfson's Portrait

Wolfson Jordan /   Jordan Wolfson

United States

Painting, Drawing


Wolfson Jordan
Jordan Wolfson
United States
April 19, 2016

Jordan Wolfson‘s figurative oil paintings explore the tension that occurs between the visual and the tactile or between bodies and their surrounding space, through the careful observation and representation of forms and light, stillness, and movement. The artist is interested in painting as a means of exploring the world around himself and his artworks cover a wide range of topics – interiors, exteriors, objects, and figures. In addition to painting, Wolfson is engaged in drawing as well as creating series of multiple works called polyptychs.

Left - Still Life with Roses and Blue Glass, 2012 - Right - Still Life with Sunflower, 2014
Left: Jordan Wolfson – Still Life with Roses and Blue Glass, 2012 – Right: Jordan Wolfson – Still Life with Sunflower, 2014

Different Painting Languages

Wolfson was born and raised in Los Angeles and he obtained his MFA in fine art from the most prestigious art school in the United States – Yale University School of Art. Wolfson has lived for ten years in Israel before returning to the United States in 2002. He is an artist with a passion and penchant for teaching and in addition to his career as a painter, he is also dedicated to the teaching of oil painting in Boulder, Colorado. The Painting Project, which is the studio where he works, is committed not only to teaching but also to artistic exploration and experimentation. Jordan Wolfson has been teaching painting and drawing there for more than twenty years. When it comes to his artworks, Wolfson perceives them as a postmodern attempt to bring together different painting languages. His pieces vary in approach – from delicate and fragile to bold, aggressive and strongly expressive ones. Wolfson’s main goal is to investigate the very fabric of reality, which means stripped to the bone, sheer sense of presence.

Wolfson’s artworks are a postmodern attempt to bring together different painting languages

Left - Jordan Wolfson - Still Life With Turquoise Bowl II, 2003 - Right - Jordan Wolfson - Still Life with Rosehips and Turquoise Bowl, 2011
Left: Jordan Wolfson – Still Life With Turquoise Bowl II, 2003 – Right: Jordan Wolfson – Still Life with Rosehips and Turquoise Bowl, 2011

Coherent Series of Paintings

Wolfson’s pieces are usually done in series – ranging from five paintings to over a dozen at times. Each series depicts a particular situation with slight shifts in the artist’s perception. Also, each set shares a specific palette, so there is a clear color consistency when it comes to the artworks belonging to the same set. Compositions within a specific series may vary – some focus on the architecture of interiors or exteriors while others emphasize the details within the same scene. For Wolfson, it is crucial to explore the wide range of possible spatial and conceptual relationships between main objects and their surroundings. In addition to depicting empty interiors and still life, Wolfson occasionally introduces a human figure as a means of underlining the sense of presence or absence. Using this approach, Wolfson investigates how the unfathomable, ontological sense of presence shifts while our perception of the world changes from one moment to another.

Wolfson’s series of paintings depict a particular situation with shifts in the artist’s perception

Left - Jordan Wolfson - Woman on Couch, 2015 - Right - Jordan Wolfson - Portrait Cari I, 2015
Left: Jordan Wolfson – Woman on Couch, 2015 – Right: Jordan Wolfson – Portrait Cari I, 2015

The Experience of Presence

While painting I am in a three-way dialogue, between the piece of the world that I am observing, my inner subjective response, and formal needs of the painting, Wolfson claims in his artist statement. His way to investigate a still life, flowers or perhaps an empty room or a person sitting introduces various experiences of presence and absence. Wolfon’s pieces have been exhibited both nationally and internationally and the quality of his work is well-recognized. He has received numerous awards such as the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant and a purchase award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The artist is represented by Gallery 1261.

Jordan Wolfson lives and works in Louisville, Colorado.

Featured image: Wolfson’s portrait
All images courtesy of the artist.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Jordan WolfsonRothschild Fine Art, Tel AvivSolo
2015A Feast of PlanesThe College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VAnGroup
2015Small WorksGallery 1261, Denver, COGroup
2015Observing Observing (a white cup)Prographica/Fine Works, Seattle, WAnGroup
2015The Object of ObjectsGallery 1261, Denver, COGroup
2015Diaspora of BeingBethlehem Gallery, PalestinenGroup
2015Identity, Place and MemoryBogota Arte Contemporaneo Gallery, Bogota, EcuadornGroup
2014Jordan WolfsonPrographica/Fine Works, Seattle, WA Group
2014I-5 ConnectsKoplin Del Rio, Los AngelesGroup
2014Colors of GrayPrographica/Fine Works, Seattle, WAnGroup
2013Jordan WolfsonJ.Cacciola Gallery, New York Group
2013Jordan WolfsonnRothschild Fine Art, Tel AvivSolo
2012The Space Between ThingsPrographica/Fine Works, Seattle, WAGroup
2012The Human Figure and Parts ThereofPrographica/Fine Works, Seattle, WAnGroup
2011Jordan WolfsonRothschild Fine Art, Tel AvivSolo
2011Small WorksPrographica/Fine Works, Seattle, WAnGroup
2011Pathways to LandscapeRidgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CTGroup
2010Connections: Threads of InfluenceCapitol Building, Denver, COGroup
2010Jordan WolfsonGallery Collection, Rothschild Fine Art, Tel AvivnGroup
2010Looks Good on PaperDFN Gallery, New YorkGroup
2009Jordan WolfsonVan Straaten Gallery, DenverSolo
2009Jordan WolfsonRothschild Fine Art, Tel AvivSolo
2009Reconfigured and RelocatedDFN Gallery, New YorkGroup
2009The Unbelievable is Right HereRothschild Fine Art, Tel AvivGroup
2008Jordan WolfsonDFN Gallery, New YorkSolo
2008New WorkDFN Gallery, New YorknGroup
2008Jordan WolfsonGrenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, New YorkGroup
2007Works on PaperDFN Gallery, New YorkGroup
2007Jordan WolfsonHidell Brooks Gallery, Charlotte, NCGroup
2006Jordan WolfsonSeraphin Gallery, PhiladelphiaSolo
2005Jordan WolfsonDFN Gallery, New YorknSolo
2005WoodsDFN Gallery, New YorkGroup
2005Out of LineSeraphin Gallery, PhiladelphianGroup
2004NYCDFN Gallery, New YorkGroup
2004Masters and Mavericks – NudesSeraphin Gallery, PhiladelphianGroup
2004Interior PaintingsDFN Gallery, New YorkGroup
2003Jordan WolfsonDrue Chryst Gallery, Sparta NJnSolo
2003Ballinglen: The Artist in Rural IrelandMayo County Center, CastlebarGroup
2002Jordan WolfsonSara Kishon Gallery, Tel AvivSolo
2002Common ThreadsArtspace Gallery, JerusalemnGroup
2001Jordan WolfsonArtspace Gallery, JerusalemSolo
2001Traces – Contemporary Drawing in IsraelArtist’s House, JerusalemnGroup
2000Jordan WolfsonArtspace Gallery, JerusalemSolo
1999Jordan WolfsonUniversity of Haifa Art Gallery, HaifanSolo
1999Art and Realities in JerusalemArtist’s House, JerusalemGroup
1998Jordan WolfsonArtspace Gallery, JerusalemnSolo
1998Jordan WolfsonIce Gallery, New YorknGroup
1996Jordan WolfsonArtspace Gallery, JerusalemnSolo
1996Virtual RealityTel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel AvivGroup
1995Jordan WolfsonArtspace Gallery, JerusalemnSolo