Jennifer Nehrbass

Jennifer Nehrbass

Born: 1970, West Bend, WI

Biography and Information

Biography

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.

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

Solo Exhibitions
2020
Pioneer Project, Visions West Contemporary, Denver CO

2019
Pioneer Project, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT

2016
Figural Constructs, Goodwin Fine Art, Denver, CO

2015
Forever and a Day, Brunnhofer Gallery, Linz, Austria
Central Features, Albuquerque, NM

2011
Power Gardens, Brunnhofer Gallery, Linz, Austria

2010
Weep and Wonder, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009
Weep and Wonder, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2007
Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2006
Beauty Mark, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2004
Women of Mass Distraction, Center For Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

Group Exhibitions
2021
Made in ABQ, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Taking the Scenic Route, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
In Plain Sight, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT

2020
Best Offers, Brunnhofer Gallery , Linz, Austria

2019
Art is Female, Brunnhofer Gallery, Linz , Austria
Western Mountain Time, Visions West Contemporary, Denver CO

2018
Coalesce, Tina Goodwin Gallery, Denver CO

2017
Anamorphic Portraiture, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016
Selfie, Stephanie Chefas Project, Portland, OR

2015
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

2014
Through the Looking Glass, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Perfect Paintings, Brunnhofer Gallery, Linz, Austria
Carte Blanche, Central Features, Albuquerque, NM

2013
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

2011
More Real Than Real: Realism from USA & Canada, Peter Walker Fine Art,  Adelaide, South Australia
Two Person Exhibition, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA

2010
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

2009
Albuquerque NOW, Albuquerque Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM

2008
De Facto, Sam Francis Gallery, Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, Santa Monica, CA

2007
Eye to I • Self Portraits by Women Artists, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM (Catalog)
Made in USA, Brunnhofer Gallery, Linz, Austria

2006
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)

2005
12th Annual Realism Invitational, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Juried Invitational, curated by Joel Peter Witkin, Jonson Gallery, Albuquerque, NM (Catalog)

2004
Inside 8, Center For Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
Incoming Students, Jonson Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Contemporary Condition, Corrales, NM

2003
Noah’s Ark, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY
80 Washington Square Gallery, New York, NY
Istituto d’Architectura, Venice, Italy (Catalog)

2001
The Body or Landscape, curated by David Gibson, New York, NY
BGH Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1999
6th@Prince, New York, NY
Save the Teens, Benefit auction, New York, NY
Size Matters, curated by Mike Weiss, New York, NY

1998
Arsenal Gallery, New York, NY

1993
Hastings Gallery, Hastings- on- Hudson, NY

Collections
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

Awards
2006
Project Grant, University of New Mexico

2005
Research Grant, University of New Mexico
Florence Henri Award, University of New Mexico

Press
2019
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

2017
Artist Spotlight: Jennifer Nehrbass, Booooooom , January 12

2016
Foiret, Cyril, Jennifer Nehrbass’ Unique Paintings Based on Collages, Trendland Magazine, March 1

2014
Voynovskaya, Nastia, Jennifer Nehrbass’s Oil Paintings Explore Various Personas, High Fructose Magazine, June 2

2013
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, Ignant.de, January 23
Hamada, Jeff, Jennifer Nehrbass, Booooooom , January 12

2012
Sbarge, Suzanne, The Labletter, p. 9-13

2011
Tugrul A., Default Magazine, May, p. 36-42
Johnstone, Andrew, Empty Magazine, February

2010
American Art Collector, November, p. 196
Mental Shoes, ezine, April

2009
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 Serving.com, July 8

2008
Brillman, Ruth, Local IQ, cover and interview, July 24
Brady, Sallie, New York Spaces, March, p. 84-85

2007
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

2006
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

2004
Pulkka, Wesley, Albuquerque Journal, September
Carver, John, Critical Reflections, THE Magazine, September, p. 49

Press Release
2021 Made in ABQ at Richard Levy Gallery
2021 Taking the Scenic Route at Richard Levy Gallery