Jennifer Nehrbass

Jennifer Nehrbass

Born: 1970, West Bend, WI

Biography and Information


Jennifer Nehrbass (b. 1970) paints idealized landscapes that reimagine a world without the climate crisis. Each painting starts from a digital collage sketch where the artist arranges photographic source material to work out a fictional composition. She then paints the composition onto the canvas. At first glance, her paintings appear photorealistic, but then jagged lines or unfeasible planes of color remind us of their artificial nature. Ambiguity, realism, and fantasy are all at play in Nehrbass’s work.

Jennifer Nehrbass spent ten years working as a design director at Ralph Lauren before pursuing her art career. Her work has been featured in Hi-Fructose Art, American Art Collector, and HuffPost, among other publications. Nehrbass’s work was recently acquired by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base at the Brooklyn Museum and is in private and public collections worldwide. She currently lives and works in Albuquerque.

2006 University of New Mexico, M.F.A.
2003 New York University, M.A
1992 University of Wisconsin, B.S.

Solo Exhibitions
Pioneer Project, Visions West Contemporary, Denver CO

Pioneer Project, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT

Figural Constructs, Goodwin Fine Art, Denver, CO

Forever and a Day, Brunnhofer Gallery, Linz, Austria
Central Features, Albuquerque, NM

Power Gardens, Brunnhofer Gallery, Linz, Austria

Weep and Wonder, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Weep and Wonder, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Beauty Mark, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Women of Mass Distraction, Center For Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

Group Exhibitions
Taking the Scenic Route, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
In Plain Sight, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT

Best Offers, Brunnhofer Gallery , Linz, Austria

Art is Female, Brunnhofer Gallery, Linz , Austria
Western Mountain Time, Visions West Contemporary, Denver CO

Coalesce, Tina Goodwin Gallery, Denver CO

Anamorphic Portraiture, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Selfie, Stephanie Chefas Project, Portland, OR

Platinum Blend, curated by Stephanie Chefas, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
On View, Goodwin Fine Art, Denver CO
Mysterious Muck, Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX

Through the Looking Glass, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Perfect Paintings, Brunnhofer Gallery, Linz, Austria
Carte Blanche, Central Features, Albuquerque, NM

Under the Influence of Fashion and Finance, Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA
The Looking Glass: Refraction Through the Female Gaze, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Inaugural Exhibtion, Brunnhofer Gallery, Linz, Austria
Five, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT

More Real Than Real: Realism from USA & Canada, Peter Walker Fine Art,  Adelaide, South Australia
Two Person Exhibition, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA

The Reflected Gaze, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Under the Influence of Fashion and Finance, curated by Billie Milam Weisman,  Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Women Painting Women, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC
The New Reality, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA

Albuquerque NOW, Albuquerque Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM

De Facto, Sam Francis Gallery, Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, Santa Monica, CA

Eye to I • Self Portraits by Women Artists, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM (Catalog)
Made in USA, Brunnhofer Gallery, Linz, Austria

Contemporary Imaginings: The Howard A. and Judy Tullman Collection, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL (Catalog)
ZEITHEIST, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
13th Annual Realism Invitational, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Juried Invitational, curated by Harmony Hammond, Jonson Gallery, Albuquerque, NM (Catalog)

12th Annual Realism Invitational, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Juried Invitational, curated by Joel Peter Witkin, Jonson Gallery, Albuquerque, NM (Catalog)

Inside 8, Center For Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
Incoming Students, Jonson Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Contemporary Condition, Corrales, NM

Noah’s Ark, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY
80 Washington Square Gallery, New York, NY
Istituto d’Architectura, Venice, Italy (Catalog)

The Body or Landscape, curated by David Gibson, New York, NY
BGH Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

6th@Prince, New York, NY
Save the Teens, Benefit auction, New York, NY
Size Matters, curated by Mike Weiss, New York, NY

Arsenal Gallery, New York, NY

Hastings Gallery, Hastings- on- Hudson, NY

Danny First, Los Angeles CA
Beth Rudin DeWoody, New York, NY
Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles CA
Elizabeth A. Sackler for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base
Museum Angerlehner, Thalheim bei Wels, Austria
Howard Tullman, Chicago, IL
Robert Heinecken and Joyce Neimanas, Rochester, NY
University of New Mexico Law Library, Albuquerque, NM

Project Grant, University of New Mexico

Research Grant, University of New Mexico
Florence Henri Award, University of New Mexico

Tucker, Lucy Lea, Western Herstory, Reimaged, Big Life Magazine, April, p. 90-92
Kelly Carper, Jennfier Nehrbass’ Pioneer Project Reimages How the West Might Have Been Won, Utah 15 Bytes, March 8
Pioneer Woman, American Art Collector, Issue # 161, March, p. 134-138

Artist Spotlight: Jennifer Nehrbass, Booooooom , January 12

Foiret, Cyril, Jennifer Nehrbass’ Unique Paintings Based on Collages, Trendland Magazine, March 1

Voynovskaya, Nastia, Jennifer Nehrbass’s Oil Paintings Explore Various Personas, High Fructose Magazine, June 2

McCray, Elizabeth, Bliss Magazine, Issue #68, April, p.38
Pierets, Fleur, Etalors Magazine, Issue 5, p. 20-30
Surreal Meets Hyper-Real: Jennifer Nehrbass, Juxtapoz, Magazine, July
Priscilla Frank, Jennifer Nehrbass is ON OUR RADAR, Huffington Post, February 4
Caroline Kurze, Jennifer Nehrbass,, January 23
Hamada, Jeff, Jennifer Nehrbass, Booooooom , January 12

Sbarge, Suzanne, The Labletter, p. 9-13

Tugrul A., Default Magazine, May, p. 36-42
Johnstone, Andrew, Empty Magazine, February

American Art Collector, November, p. 196
Mental Shoes, ezine, April

Albuquerque Arts, cover and review p. 3, November
Vista, Sandra, Artillery, Sept/Oct, vol. 4 issue 1
Kropoth, Phil, LA Editorial Pick for Flavorpill, August 10
Paez, Veronica, Whitehot Magazine, July
Stanton, Chris, Daily Dujour, July 13
Gibson, Allison, Daily, July 8

Brillman, Ruth, Local IQ, cover and interview, July 24
Brady, Sallie, New York Spaces, March, p. 84-85

Guy Cross, THE Magazine, October, p. 22-23
Santa Fean, October/ November, p. 41-43
THE Magazine, Cover, April 2007
Salem, Nancy, Albuquerque Tribune, February 16, p.C4
Mayfield, Dan, Albuquerque Journal, February 4, p.F1

Flavorpill LA, issue 189 cover, day spa flavor, October 10-16
Juxtapoz, June, p.104
American Art Collector, May, p.74-77
Pulkka Wesley, Albuquerque Journal, April
Salem, Nancy, Albuquerque Tribune, April, p.C3

Pulkka, Wesley, Albuquerque Journal, September
Carver, John, Critical Reflections, THE Magazine, September, p. 49

Press Release
2021 Taking the Scenic Route at Richard Levy Gallery