I am an artist with a significant and original body of work spanning more than twenty-five years.

 

My paintings offer a unique vision of the landscape and the inspirational forces of nature which shape it.

 

The canvases are boldly colored and the brushwork energetic, reflective of the physicality of the land and the processes of painting.

 

My primary medium is acrylic paint on canvas, applying the material with a direct and rapid technique.

 

Genuine painting involves risk-taking. I rely on spontaneity and embrace the unplanned and accept that painting, like nature, is a continuous chain.

 

The emphasis of my process is one of discovery. It is this philosophy that makes painting exciting and meaningful for me, and feeds my ambitions as an artist.

Artist Statement

 

The central theme of my work has always lay within the primacy of the brushstroke in the process of painting.  It is in essence the evidence of the physical interaction of the artist with the “stuff of this world,” - an evidence of life.

 

I am fascinated by the leap of faith made by an individual or the collective imagination to conceive of the possibilities that lie within any material, image, or object. Where meaning and form can be translated in the minds eye far beyond the intrinsic make up of that which is seen.

 

In my work I try to capture that moment of becoming, when the paint on the canvas floats between what it is and what it might be. 

 

To create these images, I work very quickly with the material.  The spontaneity is essential to create the type of energy I am looking for in the marks and the image.

 

At a fundamental level it is about transformation.  The process of painting becomes an echo of the traces left from a story of living imprinted on the land.

BIO/CV

 

b. 1965, Moscow, ID. 

 

Currently residing in Seattle, WA.

 

Education

 

1992  - MFA, School of Fine Art, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

1988  - BA in Fine Arts, School of Fine Art, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

 

Exhibitions

 

Selected Solo

 

2019  - Making My Mark, Paintings by Jeff Olson, Art Gallery Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, WA

          - Art on View: Featuring Jeff Olson, at Auburn City Hall Gallery, Auburn, WA

          - Deambular (to Wander), Atelier Drome Architecture & Design, Seattle, WA.

          - Vicennial: Paintings by Jeff Olson 1999-2019, Renegade Red Studio & Gallery, Hoquiam, WA

2018  - 5 Years: The Salon Show, CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA

          - Recent Paintings, BCH, Arts & Festivals Commission, Percent for Public Art, Bothell, WA

2017  - Beguiling Gambol: Paintings by Jeff Olson, CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA

2016  - Sea & Stone: Paintings by Jeff Olson, CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA

          - Guest Artist Series, West Sound Academy, Poulsbo, WA

          - Paintings 1999-2015, Gallery II, Fine Art Center, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

2015  - Familiar Tetouan, GOA Gallery, Tetouan, Morocco

          - Reflections, CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA

2014  - A River Runs Through It: New Paintings by Jeff Olson, CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA

2010  - New Work, University of Washington, School of Law, Brotman Gallery, Seattle,  WA

2002  - Visiting Artists Series, Kinsey Gallery, Seattle University, Seattle, WA

1998  - Artist Profile, Edmonds Community Art Gallery, Edmonds Art Commission, Edmonds, WA

1997  - ARTWA, Art in Public Places, Insurance Commission Bldg., WA State Capitol, Olympia, WA

1995  - Icons, Metropolis Contemporary Art Gallery, Seattle, WA 

1993  - Anatomy of Myth, Freeman Gallery, Northwest College of Art, Poulsbo, WA

          - Initiation, Wonderful World of Art, Seattle, WA

1992  - New Artist Series, Pioneer Square Saloon, Seattle, WA

          - MFA Thesis: Accumulated Experience, Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

1988  - She’s the Boss, Gallery III, Fine Art Center, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

 

Selected Group

 

2019  - 39th Annual Faber Birren Color Juried Award Show, Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT

          - Motherland: 2019 CoCA Members Juried Show, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
          - Olson & Lutz, Painting and Sculpture, Traumhaus Gallery, Snohomish, WA

          - Group of Four: Poole, Laura, Soans, & Olson, Cannon Beach Arts Association, Cannon Beach, OR

2018  - Arts Bestowed, Group Exhibition, Traumhaus Gallery, Snohomish, WA

          - 3: Trilogies & Triptychs, Group Exhibition, CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA

          - Skagit Artists Arts Alive! Juried Exhibition, LaConner, WA

          - GOA Anniversary Exhibition, GOA Gallery, Tetouan, Morocco

          - Artworks Northwest Juried Exhibition, Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, OR          

          - CVG 2018 Juried Exhibition, Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA

2017  - Environmental Variations: Lutz, Olson, & Shapiro, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA    

          - A Hero’s Journey, Juried Exhibition, Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR

          - Kingston Arts Festival, Juried Exhibition, Kitsap County Arts Association, Kingston, WA

          - Do You See What I See, Group Exhibition, CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA

2016  - Silver & Gold, Group Exhibition, CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA

2015  - Holiday, CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA

          - Bemis Spring Art Show, Bemis Arts, Seattle, WA

2014  - Holiday Show, CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA

2004  - SF Open Studios, ArtSpan, San Francisco, CA

2003  - SF Open Studios, ArtSpan, San Francisco, CA

1997  - Faculty Exhibition, Freeman Gallery, Northwest College of Art, Poulsbo, WA

1996  - From the Same Trough: Olson & Sharp, Wonderful World of Art, Seattle, WA

          - Introducing New Gallery Artists, Sol-Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

          - Northwest Artists Juried Exhibition, Lewis-Clark Center for the Arts & History, Lewiston, ID

          - Seattle Art Museum Open, Seattle, WA 

          - Faculty Exhibition, Freeman Gallery, Northwest College of Art, Poulsbo, WA 

1995  - Catalyst, Wonderful World of Art, Seattle, WA

          - Icons, Metropolis Contemporary Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

          - Seattle Art Museum Open, Seattle, WA

          - Net Contents Annual, Net Contents Gallery, Bainbridge Is., WA

          - Faculty Exhibition, Freeman Gallery, Northwest College of Art, Poulsbo, WA

1994  - Figures of Speech, Net Contents Gallery, Bainbridge Is., WA 1993  

          - Net Contents Annual, Net Contents Gallery, Bainbridge Is., WA

          - Faculty Exhibition, Freeman Gallery, Northwest College of Art, Poulsbo, WA

          - One Year After, Gallery II, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

1992  - Graduate Review, Gallery II, Fine Art Center, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

1991  - Graduate Review, Museum of Art, Fine Art Center, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

 

Professional Experience

 

2017-Present - Art Education Director, Royal Talens North America, North Hampton, MA

2019             - Visiting Artist, National Arts Club, NY, NY

                    - Visiting Artist, Napa Valley College, Visual Arts Department, Napa, CA

                    - Visiting Artist, Department of Art & Art History, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

                    - Visiting Artist, The New School, Parsons School of Design, NY, NY

                    - Visiting Artist, 92Y, NY, NY

                    - Visiting Artist, Department of Illustration, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA

2018               - Curator, 3: Trilogies & Triptychs, CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA

                       - Visiting Artist, School of Art, TCU, Fort Worth, TX

                       - Visiting Artist, Department of Art & Art Professions, NYU, NY, NY

                       - Visiting Artist, Studio Art Department, Daytona College, Daytona Beach, FL

                       - Visiting Artist, Department of Design, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA

2017               - Co-Curator, Do You See What I See, CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA

                       - Visiting Artist, Illustration Department, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2016               - Co-Curator, Silver & Gold, CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA

                       - Visiting Artist, West Sound Academy, Poulsbo, WA

                       - Visiting Artist, Fine Art Center, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

2015               - Artist in Residence, GOA, Tetouan, Morocco

1998-2015      - VP Retail Operations & Regional Manager, Utrecht Art Supplies & Blick Art Materials

2002               - Visiting Artist, Art & Art History Department, Seattle University, Seattle, WA

1992-1998      - Fine Art Chair/Instructor, Northwest College of Art, Poulsbo, WA

1994-1998      - Gallery Director/Curator, Freeman Gallery, Northwest College of Art, Poulsbo, WA

1991-1992      - Instructor, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

 

Gallery Affiliation

 

Center on Contemporary Arts

114 Third Ave S

Seattle, WA 98104

For more information visit:

www.cocaseattle.org

 

Traumhaus Gallery

1206.5 First Street

Snohomish, WA 98290

+1 360.890.8090

Hrs. Mon-Fri by Appointment, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm

For more information, visit:

www.traumhausgallery.com

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