the Artist

Jordan Wolfson was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated with an MFA from Yale School of Art in 1991.

“I fell in love with painting as a young man when I realized that painting isn’t about making a picture; painting is about exploring life…Over the years, as life inevitably serves up its challenges and obstacles, this of course showed up in my painting as well. And I needed to ask myself, facing the difficulties and sacrifices — what is this for? What is this truly for? What is the fundamental truth of this activity, painting – and how does it serve? Not only in my personal life, but in our larger culture and time, and what it means to be human.”

In his recurring explorations of form, space, and light, Wolfson has been investigating the relationships between perception, mark, and Consciousness. This has led to his experience of painting as a life-practice and means for fundamental understanding.

Exhibiting both nationally and internationally, Wolfson’s work is represented in permanent collections worldwide, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the James T. Dyke Collection and the Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art. Wolfson has received numerous awards including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant and a Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; he was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA and the Ballinglen Art Foundation in Ireland.

He currently lives in Longmont, Colorado.

Artist C.V.


Rothschild Fine Art

48 Yehuda Halevi.
Tel Aviv 6578202, Israel
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Winfield Gallery

Dolores between Ocean and 7th
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Recent Writings & Presentations


This book is a mix of various thoughts and musings — part inquiry into the relationship of painting and Consciousness, and part, in light of that inquiry, practical and pedagogical […]


Video – “PAINTING, POWER & PRESENCE: A Look at the Painting Journey”


Video – “Establishing a Reliable Painting Practice”


Video – “A Virtual Salon with Jordan Wolfson, ‘Three Paintings, Three Gates'”





One and Two Person Exhibitions


2023 Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2023 Lincoln Gallery, Naropa University, Boulder, CO
2023 St. Julien Hotel Gallery, Boulder, CO
2021 K Contemporary, Denver, CO
2019 Naropa University, Boulder, CO
2019 808 Projects, Denver, CO
2018 Rothschild Fine Art, Tel Aviv
2016 Gallery 1261, Denver, CO (three-person exhibition)
2015 Rothschild Fine Art, Tel Aviv
2014 Prographica/Fine Works, Seattle, WA (two-person exhibition)
2013 J.Cacciola Gallery, New York (two-person exhibition)
2013 Rothschild Fine Art, Tel Aviv
2011 Rothschild Fine Art, Tel Aviv
2009 Van Straaten Gallery, Denver, CO
2009 Rothschild Fine Art, Tel Aviv
2008 DFN Gallery, New York
2006 Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia
2005 DFN Gallery, New York
2003 Drue Chryst Gallery, Sparta NJ
2002 Sara Kishon Gallery, Tel Aviv
2001 Artspace Gallery, Jerusalem
2000 Artspace Gallery, Jerusalem
1999 University of Haifa Art Gallery, Haifa
1998 Artspace Gallery, Jerusalem
1996 Artspace Gallery, Jerusalem
1995 Artspace Gallery, Jerusalem
1992 Contemporary Realist Gallery (Hackett-Freedman Gallery), San Francisco
1992 Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 “Small Works”, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2020 “Manic Botanic”, Garvey-Simon, New York, NY
2019 “Looks Good on Paper”, Garvey-Simon/DFN Projects, Art on Paper Fair, New York, NY
2019 “Nine Years: Graceful Exit”, Prographica Gallery, Seattle, WA
2019 “Art of the State”, The Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO
2018 “Juxtapositions”, The Painting Center, New York
2018 “Ballinglen 25th Anniversary Exhibition”, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2017 “Window to Wall: Art to Architecture”, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2017 “Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts”, Redline Gallery, Denver, CO
2016 Gallery Invitational, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2016 “Spaces”, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2015 “A Feast of Planes”, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
2015 “Small Works”, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2015 “Observing Observing (a white cup)”, Prographica/Fine Works, Seattle, WA
2015 “The Object of Objects”, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2015 “Diaspora of Being”, Bethlehem Gallery, Palestine
2015 Juried Exhibition, Steven Harvey juror, First Street Gallery, New York
2015 “Identity, Place and Memory”, Bogota Arte Contemporaneo Gallery,
Bogota, Ecuador
2014 “I-5 Connects”, Koplin Del Rio, Los Angeles
2014 “Colors of Gray”, Prographica/Fine Works, Seattle, WA
2012 “The Space Between Things”, Prographica/Fine Works, Seattle, WA
2012 “The Human Figure and Parts Thereof”, Prographica/Fine Works, Seattle, WA
2011 “Small Works”, Prographica/Fine Works, Seattle, WA
2011 “Pathways to Landscape”, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT
2010 “Connections: Threads of Influence”, Capitol Building, Denver, CO
2010 Gallery Collection, Rothschild Fine Art, Tel Aviv
2010 “Looks Good on Paper”, DFN Gallery, New York
2009 “Reconfigured and Relocated”, DFN Gallery, New York
2009 “The Unbelievable is Right Here”, Rothschild Fine Art, Tel Aviv
2009 “Abstract/Nature”, DFN Gallery, New York
2008 “New Work”, DFN Gallery, New York
2008 Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York
2008 “Still Life”, DFN Gallery, New York
2007-2008 “Visions: Selections from the James T. Dyke Collection of Contemporary
Drawings”, Naples Museum of Art, Naples FL, and
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
2007 “Works on Paper”, DFN Gallery, New York
2007 Hidell Brooks Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2006 “American Artists in Rural Ireland: The Ballinglen Experience”,
Concord Art Association, Concord, Massachusetts
2005 “Woods”, DFN Gallery, New York
2005 “Out of Line”, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia
2005 “Tenth Anniversary Show”, DFN Gallery, New York
2005 “Enchanted Place”, Ba-sis Gallery, Beit Yanai, Israel
2004 “NYC”, DFN Gallery, New York
2004 “Masters and Mavericks – Nudes”, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia
2004 “Interior Paintings”, DFN Gallery, New York
2004 “New Works”, Artspace, Jerusalem
2004 “Masters and Mavericks”, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia
2004 Hirschl and Adler Modern, New York
2004 “Images from North Mayo”, Ballinglen, Ireland
2003 “Ballinglen: The Artist in Rural Ireland”, Mayo County Center, Castlebar
2002 “Common Threads”, Artspace Gallery, Jerusalem
2001 “Traces – Contemporary Drawing in Israel”, Artist’s House, Jerusalem
1999 “Art and Realities in Jerusalem”, Artist’s House, Jerusalem
1998 Ice Gallery, New York
1998 Juried Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
1997 “Portraits”, Artist’s House, Jerusalem
1996 “Virtual Reality”, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
1994 Artist’s House, Tel Aviv
1994 Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv
1994 Artfocus, Fisher Gallery, Jerusalem
1993 Artist’s House, Jerusalem
1992 Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, MA
1991 First Street Gallery, New York

Honors and Awards

2002 The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship
1998 Israel-Tennessee Artists Exchange Program
1998 Purchase Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters
1993-94 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
1993 Ish-Shalom Fellowship
1992 Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant
1991 Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship
1990-91 Yale University School of Art Scholarship
1985 College Honors, University of California at Santa Cruz
1985 University of California Regents Scholarship

Presentations and Teaching

2018 – 2019 Facilitation of over twelve Concurrences in various venues, including the Denver Art Museum, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Robischon Gallery.
2018 “Painting and Presence”, lecture presentation, Boulder Public Library, Boulder, CO
2017 “Whirlwind: Where are We and How did We get Here?”, lecture presentation, Denver Art Museum
2017 “The Art Scene in Denver”, panel discussion, Denver Art Museum
2009-2016 Art Students League of Denver, Denver CO, Painting and Drawing
2010 University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO, Drawing and Design
2009 Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Foundations
2009 University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder CO, Foundations
2007-2008 University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, MA
Figure Drawing and Structural Drawing
2007-2008 Rhode Island College, Providence RI, Figure Drawing
2005-2006 Western Connecticut State University, Danbury CT
Design I and Beginning Drawing
2006 The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck NY, Experimentation in Drawing
2006 Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock NY
2006 Visiting Artist, University of Washington
2003-2005 Sussex County Community College, Newton, NJ
2003 Visiting Artist, Boston University, MFA Program
2002 Visiting Artist, Rhode Island School of Design, Undergraduate Painting
1999-2002 Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem
1994-1999 Kalisher School of Fine Arts, Tel Aviv
1992-1997 The Emunah College of Arts and Technology, Jerusalem
1992-2020 Private Instructor, Painting and Drawing

Public Collections

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo NY, USA
Artnauts Archive, University of Texas, Austin TX
Omanut La’am (Art for the People), Jerusalem, Israel
The Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art, Ballycastle, Ireland
The James T. Dyke Collection, Little Rock AR


1991 Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
M.F.A. in Painting

University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
1986 Fifth Year Certificate, non-matriculating graduate program
1985 B.A., Fine Arts, painting and printmaking


Wolfson, Jordan, “How Painting Can Help Save the World, Actually”, Painting Perceptions, April 26,
2014, (http://paintingperceptions.com/?s=jordan+wolfson)
Hagler, Elana, “Interview with Jordan Wolfson”, Painting Perceptions, June 22, 2012
Ayers, Robert, “The Human Figure in All its Beauty”, Seattle Times, December 30, 2011
Aimone, Steven, Expressive Drawing, New York, Lark Books, 2009
Peleg-Rotem, Hagit, “A Veil of Mist”, Globes, March 17, 2009
Mullarkey, Maureen, “Shimmer and Shadow”, New York Sun, May 22, 2008
American Art Collector, States of Being, May 2008
Wolfe, Townsend, Vision: Selections from the James T. Dyke Collection of Contemporary Drawings,
Concord Art Association, American Artists in Ireland: The Ballinglen Experience, 2006
Weiss, Marion, Dan’s Papers, cover and featured artist, February 2006
Tseitlin, Irene, Enchanted Place, Ba-sis Gallery, 2005
Gelman, Emanuel, Carmel Poetry Journal, featured artist, Winter 2005
Maxwell, Peter, Ballinglen: The Artist in Rural Ireland, Balleycastle, 2003
Weiman-Kelman, Paula, “Jordan Wolfson – A Portrait, 2002”, Video Documentary, 2002
Wizgan, Ilan, Drawing in Israel Now, Artists House, Jerusalem, 2001
Appelfeld, Meir, “Intensity of Light”, Jerusalem, 2001
Levin, Daliah and Wicks, Steven, Tennessee-Israel Visual Arts Exchange, 2000
Zisquit, Linda, “The Paintings of Jordan Wolfson”, Artspace Essays, 1999
Eyal, Avishai, “Interior”, Haifa, 1999
Suissa, Albert, “Paintings of the Soul”, Voice of the City, November 13, 1998
Yizrael, Miriam, “In Love with Grey”, Jerusalem Weekly, October 15, 1998
Wizgan, Ilan, Art and Realities in Jerusalem, Artists House, Jerusalem, 1998
Cassouto, Nella, Eye Level, Artists House, 1997
Yizrael, Miriam, “Looking at the Sink”, Jerusalem Weekly, September 27, 1996
Ginton, Ellen, Virtual Reality, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 1996
Pinchas-Cohen, Chava, Dimui (“Image”), featured artist, Winter 1995
Cassouto, Nella, Facing Reality, Art Focus, 1994
Geldman, Mordechai, Communion, Artists House, Tel Aviv, 1994
Ronnen, Meir, “East Meets West”, Jerusalem Post, February 26, 1993
Shankpainter, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, 1992


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