Artist Statement

 

The central theme of my work has always lain within the primacy of "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 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. 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.

 

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

 

2022  - Year of Rembrandt, Royal Talens Ambassador Exhibition, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, NL

          - STRATA: Manifesting Through the Layers, International Juried Exhibition, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR

          - Abstract 2022, International Juried Exhibition, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

          - 30th Annual Art Auction, Juried Exhibition, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA

          - 15th Annual CVG Juried Exhibition, Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA

2021  - Acrylic Painters USA Juried Exhibition, ArtCenter Manatee, Bradenton, FL

          - Absolutely Abstract, Juried Exhibition, MVA Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

          - Abstract Only! 11th Annual Multimedia National Juried Competition, HIAA, Wailoa Center, Hilo, HI

          - Second Half Art Show, Juried Exhibition, Las Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna, CA

          - 11th Annual International Juried Exhibition, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA

          - 14th Annual CVG Juried Exhibition, Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA

          - Favorite Things: Trees, Juried Exhibition, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

2020  - 18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Art Gallery, Tacoma Community College, Tacoma WA

          - Bold Expressions, Juried Exhibition, Northern California Arts, Charmichael, CA

          - Invasive Species, Art Gallery, Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, WA

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

 

Professional Experience

2017-Present - Art Education Director, Royal Talens North America, Northampton, MA  - An accomplished college and university instructor in studio art, having more than twenty years in the art material industry with product expertise in a variety of mediums; Olson’s lectures, workshops and classes deliver meaningful insights into the history, development, and application of artists’ materials and art practice. 

 

Visiting Artist & Guest Lecturer

 

2022               - American Impressionist Society

                       - Art Department, Santa Rosa College, Santa Rosa, CA

                       - Department of Art & Art Professions, New York University, NYC, NY 

                       - New School, Parsons School of Design, NYC, NY 

                       - Department of Foundations, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA

                       - Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA 

                       - Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio, Langley, WA

                       - Southern States Pastel Society

2021               - National Arts Club, NYC, NY 

                       - Summer Advanced Art & Animation Program, Couer d' Alene Tribe, Plummer, ID 

                       - University of Missouri St. Louis, Department of Art & Design, St.Louis, MO

                       - 92Y, NYC, NY 

                       - Art Center, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

                       - Department of Foundations, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA 

                       - Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA 

2020               - Illustration Department, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA       

                       - Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA

                       - Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz, CA

                       - SDCCD, San Diego, CA 

                       - Department of Foundations, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA

                       - 92Y, NYC, NY

                       - The New School, Parsons School of Design, NYC, NY

2019               - National Arts Club, NYC, NY

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

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

                       - The New School, Parsons School of Design, NYC, NY

                       - 92Y, NY, NY

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

2018               - School of Art, TCU, Fort Worth, TX

                       - Department of Art & Art Professions, New York University, NYC, NY 

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

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

2017               - Illustration Department, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA 

2016               - West Sound Academy, Poulsbo, WA 

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

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

Art Instruction

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

1990-1992      - Washington State University, Pullman, WA - TA Instructor

Additional Professional Experience

2022               - Panelist, Materials and Studio Practice, Oil Painters of America

2020               - NorthWind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA,  "Small Expressions" - Juror

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

                       - Collaboration on Canvas, CORE Gallery, Seattle, WA - Curator

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

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

2015               - GOA, Tetouan, Morocco - Artist in Residence       

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

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

 

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