Using bold colors to depict theatrically lit objects, her paintings invite speculation into the possible metaphors.” – California Home+Design magazine Mimi Jensen is a Still Life painter who is inspired by her ideas and observations. Jensen’s education and early work experience were eclectic – Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Speech Therapist, Technical Editor, and even an Airline Analyst to satisfy her desire to travel. Eventually she returned to graduate school to follow her dream of studying art. While still a graduate student in drawing and painting she was selected for her first commercial gallery show, which led to subsequent exhibitions and launched her professional career as a painter. She has exhibited widely in the U.S., has been featured in numerous publications – American Art Collector, California Home+Design, Fine Art Today, New American Paintings, Professional Artist, Southwest Art, The Artist’s Magazine – and for the past 20 years she has been represented by galleries in San Francisco, Santa Monica, Boston, Santa Fe, and other cities. Mimi is a California native. Although she has always lived in California, she has traveled widely, prompted by her wanderlust and curiosity about other lands and cultures. The objects and ideas collected in these travels often appear in her work. She and her husband have lived in San Francisco since 1990. Despite her love of travel she always welcomes returning to San Francisco where she continues to revel in the beauty, art, cuisine, and bustle of her adopted city.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2013 Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2011 Arden Gallery, Boston, MA 2010 Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2007-1994 Bi-annual Solo Exhibitions, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1992-1989 Bi-annual Solo Exhibitions, Convergence Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1993 South Bay Contemporary Museum, Torrance, CA 1990 “Paper Shadows”, PVAC Collectors Gallery, Palos Verdes, CA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2018 Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA, Summer 2018 “BIG Exhibition of Small Works, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA, Jan 2017 “So—“ 5-Person Exhibition, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA, Sept-Nov 2017 Internatl Guild of Realism 12th Annual, Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA, Sep-Oct 2017 “Flora and Fauna” Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA, June-July 2017 “Crocker Kingsley Exhibition,” Jan-Feb, Roseville, CA 2016 ArtMkt, San Francisco, April 2015 “Small Works Exhibition,” Hespe Gallery, Dec 2014-Jan 2015 2014 Zuni Café, San Francisco, April-December 2013 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2012 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Arden Gallery, Boston, MA 2007 “Arcadia: Artists Celebrate Trees” Invitational, San Francisco, CA 2004-1995 Convergence Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2003 WAM 20th Anniversary Invitational Exhibition, CSULB, CA
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS, AWARDS, REVIEWS 2018 New American Paintings Supplement features “The Artisans,” April 2018 Winner, First Place, 34th Annual Competition, The Artist’s Magazine, March 2017 Winner, Third Place, 33rd Annual Competition, The Artist’s Magazine, Jan/Feb 2016 “Competition Spotlight: Mimi Jensen,” The Artist’s Magazine, March 2015 “Artists to Watch,” Southwest Art, February issue 2013 Fine Art Today features Mimi Jensen’s Hespe Gallery exhibition, May 2013 ArtBusiness.com reviews Mimi Jensen’s Hespe Gallery exhibition, May 2013 “The Artist’s Life – Mimi Jensen,” The Artist’s Magazine, April 2012 American Art Collector, 2012 edition 2011 “Artist of the Month,” Professional Artist, April 2011 “An Artist to Watch,” Artslant online 2010 Venetian Red art blog, Artist interview, September 1 2007 “Natural Curiosities,” American Art Collector, September 2007 California Home+Design, September 2007 issue 2005 Cover Art, Strategies for Reading & Arguing About Literature, Prentice Hall, NJ 2004 “Valentine’s Stroll”, The New Mexican, R. Nott, February 13 2002 Cover Art, Short Fiction, Classic & Contemp, 5th edition, Prentice Hall, NJ 2000 New American Paintings, Vol.31, Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA 1999 Connecticut Review, Fall 1999 Issue, New Haven, CT 1999 Cover Art, Reading Lessons, Carpenter, Prentice Hall, NJ 1996 Cover Art, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Fall/Winter ‘95 Issue,Tempe, AZ 1995 Award of Excellence, Manhattan Arts International, Summer 1995 1993 Silver Award, Art of California Magazine “Discovery Awards”, Winter 1990 "Artist Captures Quiet Solitude in Exhibit", L. Montgomery, News-Pilot, March 1988 "Muscarelle Has Visual Feast…", R. Trotter, The Virginian-Pilot, April
EDUCATION Graduate Studies, Drawing and Painting, Photography, CA State University Long Beach B.A., Psychology, California State University Northridge
COLLECTIONS Private, public and corporate collections worldwide