I construct my paintings and drawings by using a delicate balance of choice and process.
In response to personal narrative and internal dialogue, to the push and pull of the compositions internal gravity, and to the medium of the paint or drawing materials, I project images and forms onto the surface. As I compose, I weave shapes through the picture plane, the gestures I record can read alternatively as flat or as dimensional and sculptural. I favor nature-based forms and rhythms and I am drawn to shapes that tangle, overlap, sit, lean and lay. In my most recent work, the monochromatic compositions balance between architectural and organic, painted and drawn, and formal and biomorphic.
As I work through the multiple stages and processes of each piece, by weighing ambiguity with representation, by adding and subtracting, abstracting and transforming, I gradually arrive at the final composition.
Artist Bio / CV
Born 1974 in Los Angeles, CA Education 1999-2001 Mills College, Oakland, California, Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts
1993-1998 Sonoma State University, California, Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting
1997 Studio Arts Center International, Summer Painting Workshop, Florence, Italy
Selected Solo Exhibitions 2007 SF Moma Artist Gallery, San Francisco, CA Through & Through, Julie Baker Fine Art, Nevada City, CA
2006 New Paintings, Branch Gallery, Durham, NC
2005 Doe, San Francisco, CA
2004 The Secret Café, Berkeley, CA, featured artist
2003 Fresh Paint, Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, CA
Selected Group Exhibition
Surface Tension, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary Art, Oakland, CA
Jen 11, UppercaseGallery, Calgary, Canada
Jen 11, artstream, Rochester, NH
2008 Summer Salon, Julie Baker Fine Art, Nevada City, CA
Crossing the Line, Santa Rosa Junior College Art Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA, October
Out of the Fog, Art Works Downtown/Headlands Center for the Arts, San Rafael, CA
2007 Painting Show, SQFT Gallery, Nashville, TN
2006 Firecrackers: Artists to Watch, Roshambo Winery & Gallery, Healdsburg, CA Summertime, Judy A. Saslow Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005 Two for the Seesaw, Branch Gallery, Durham, NC
In the Garden, Julie Baker Fine Art, Nevada City, CA
January Juried Show, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, CA
2004 Gazing Upward, Adobe Bookstore, San Francisco, CA
Alumni Show (working title), University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, CA
Awards and Honors
2002-2006 Affiliate Artist-in-residence, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
2001 Mills College Research Mini Grant, Oakland, CA.
2001 Mills College Alumni Tuition Scholarship, Oakland, CA.
Microsoft Art Collection
Farmers & Merchants Bank in Modesto, California branch
Farmers & Merchants Bank in Lodi, California branch
New American Paintings, West Coast Edition, Edition 85
Turner, Cherie Louise. Jen Garrido at Julie Baker Fine Art.
Art Week, June 2007, p.16-17 Findings, Harpers Magazine, January 2007, p.96,
Cerrito, Chandra. Freefall: Painting in the 00’s,
Contemporary Quarterly Vol. 1, Fall 2005, p. 2 Bamberger, Alan. ArtBusiness.com, October, 2004