Jane Park Wells

EDUCATION

1996 MFA Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

1993 BA Scripps, College, Claremont, CA

1964 Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, Korea

 

AWARDS

2012 Young-mae Sang, Kyunggi Girls High School Alumni Association, Seoul, Korea

1995 Fellowship, The Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA

1993 Scripps College Art Foundation Award, Claremont, CA

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013 Pollen Fields, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2011 Reflections, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2009 Flight, Circa Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2008 Nongak, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica

2007 The Art of Bach, WAC Gallery, La Canada Presbyterian Church, La Canada, CA

2006 Mind’s Eye, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2004 Passacaglia, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2003 3-6-12 Vines, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2002 Rhyme or Reason, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2000 Four Seasons, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1998 Permutations, Pasadena Art Space, Pasadena, CA

1997 At The Vineyard, Garland Gallery, Polytechnic School, Pasadena, CA

1996 Apple Sensibilities, East Gallery, The Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA

1995 Tribute to Muchi’s Six Persimmons, Dillingham Caples Gallery, Claremont, CA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013 Holiday Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2012 True Blue, Sangria Fine Arts, Encino, California

Four Seasons: Flora & Spices, The Loft, Los Angeles, CA

2011 Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Smorgasbord, Sangria Fine Arts, Encino, California

2010 Plunge, Jules Place, Boston, MASS.

For Roland, Bunny Gunner Gallery, Pomona, CA

2008 The Rite of Spring, Circa Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2006 Out of Line, Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild Arts Campus, Idyllwild, CA

2005 Art in Windows, Pasadena Art Alliance, Pasadena, CA

Out of Line, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

California Abstract, University of Louisiana, Ruston, LA

2004 Luster: Los Angeles Abstraction, Gensler Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Abstract Los Angeles, Soho Myriad, Atlanta, GA

2003 9th Annual Holiday Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Art Auction X, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Matter & Matrix, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Claremont, CA [Catalogue]

Drawing The Line – Asian Calligraphy’s Contemporary Faces, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA

New Testament Theology, The Clark Museum, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

2002 8th Annual Holiday Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

California Dream, Museum Forno Fusoria, Tavernole [Brescia], ITALY

2001 7th Annual Holiday Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Art Auction 9, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

2000 6th Annual Holiday Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Similarities & Differences, Taejon Contemporary Art Association, Taejon, KOREA

1999 5th Annual Holiday Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Art & Issues, Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

Small Works, I-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Art Auction 8, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

1998 4th Annual Holiday Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Paintings and Works on Paper, Faculty & Alumni Show from the Claremont Graduate University, Shasta College Art Gallery, Redding, CA

Contemporary Art Works from the Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Art Gallery, Antelope Valley College, Lancaster, CA

1997 3rd Annual Holiday Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Convergent Abstractions, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Art Auction 6, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Mixed Media, Gensler, Inc., Santa Monica, CA

Generational Abstractions, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Primary Colors [Yellow], Juror: Roy Dowell, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

Primary Colors (Blue), Watts Towers Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA

Primary Colors (Red), Site, Los Angeles, CA

Eye Site – Small Works, Site Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

97 National Juried Exhibition, Juror: William Zimmer, The Art Center of Northern New Jersey, New Milford, NJ

1996 Holiday Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

144 Sq. Inches, International Small Painting Competition, Juror: Robert Reed, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

From Claremont to Bergamont Station, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

O Man, Group Show at the Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA

1995 Personal Information, East & West Gallery, Claremont, CA

Variations in Forms, Dillingham/Caples Gallery, Claremont, CA

First International Art Exhibition, ADR Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA

1994 New Cats, East Gallery, The Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA

LA Rhythms, Spring Street Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Ark: A Spiritual Place, The Ark of Rufuge Church, Los Angeles, CA

1993 Senior Art Major Exhibition, Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Meher McArthur, “Stripping off the Mask:  Jane Park Wells and the Ascent of Korean Women,” KCET Artbound, Los Angeles, February 22, 2013  View Article

Gleason, Mat, “Top 11 L.A. Art Shows of 2011”, Huffington Post, December 20, 2011 View Article

Kugelman, Kerry, “Luster: A Los Angeles Abstraction.” Art Circles Mag. #3 Winter 2005

Cullum, Jerry, “Extrasensory pleasures step just outside box,” Sensuous abstracts full of energy, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 29, 2004

New American Paintings Number 49, 2004, Juror: Anne Ellegood; Curator: The Norton Family Foundation, New York, NY, The Eighth Open Studios Pacific Coast Competition, a catalog of the winners works.

MacNaughton, Mary Davis, “Matter and Matrix” Exhibition catalogue, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, November – December 2003

Chattopadhyay, Collette, Review “Jimi Gleason & Jane Park Wells at Ruth Bachofner Gallery,” Artweek, November 2003 View Article

Corman, Joanna, “Putting Faith in Boxes,” Los Angeles Times, Inland Valley Voice, March 21, 2003 View Article

Gleason, Mat, “Jane Park Wells,” Artscene, June 2002 View Article

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

American Consulate General, Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM

American Embassy, Tblisi, GEORGIA

Banana Republic, Pasadena, CA
Bank of the West, Los Angeles, CA

Bank Julius Baer, Los Angeles, CA

Biogen Idec, Cambridge, MA

Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

Deloitte & Touche, Santa Ana, CA & Minneapolis, MN

Four Seasons Hotel, Hollywood, FL

El Conquistador Resort, Puerto Rico

Hewlett-Packard, Inc., Cupertino, CA

Linquist & Vennum PLLP, Minneapolis, MN

Neiman Marcus, Topanga Canyon, California

Nishiumeda, Tokyo, JAPAN

PG&E Energy Services, San Francisco, CA

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Burbank, CA

Regatta Seaside Residences, Marina Del Rey, CA

Ritz Carlton, White Plains, New York

Rockwell International, Los Angeles, CA

Sanders Armrstrong Management Co., Santa Monica, CA

Samella Lewis Contemporary Art Collection, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

St. Regis Hotel, Century City, CA

Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles, CA

TPG Credit, Minneapolis, MN

THL Credit, Los Angeles, CA

Morgan Stanley, New York, NY

Xenogen Corporation, Alameda, CA

 

BIO

Born and raised in Korea, works and lives in Pasadena, California

The intersection of analytical models and intuitive process is at the heart of my work. There is a beautiful tension created in combining these approaches; they invite and honor both intellect and emotion.

 

The introverted thinker in me is drawn to analytical systems  – the parameters of the grid, the Fibonacci sequence, or the mathematical structure that produces rhythm and meter in music. In merging these methods with an instinctual use of color and surface manipulation, my work represents a synthesis that asks the viewer to take their time and locate an interior equilibrium.

 

While I am embracing minimalist and formalist traditions established over time by many artists, particularly Agnes Martin, my objective is to offer an evolution that embraces optimism and the incorporation of a dynamic color palette. Colors like bright oranges, pinks, blues, rich blacks, and charcoal pigments introduce energy to honored methods of artistic inquiry.

 

 

 

 

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