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Jennifer Davis

Jennifer’s paintings speak first to her fantastic sense of humor, but they linger in the mind because of her extraordinary sense of color and design. The line and form that compose her painted worlds are abstractions from our material world, but are more elegant than simple cartoons. Her characters are filled with life, whimsy and theatrical energy. They engage the viewer with an invitation to come and smile. Jennifer’s paintings are like postcards from another more fabulous world.

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Minnesota, U.S.A
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"Minneapolis-based painter Jennifer Davis possesses a highly developed sensibility for pattern and color, creating an almost tangible world of strange creatures that seem to live and breathe, despite their simplified forms."

- Juxtapoz

Jennifer Davis is a Minneapolis-based artist known for her colorful, imaginative paintings of surreal and whimsical characters. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues such as The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN); The DeVos Art Museum (Marquette, MI); Foster Museum (Eau Claire, WI); Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (Santa Cruz, CA); The Lesher Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA); ArtSpace (Raleigh, NC); Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (Boone, NC), as well as several galleries in major cities across the United States and Canada. Davis is a recipient of the 2013 Next Step Fund Grant from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council/McKnight Foundation. She holds a BFA from the University of Minnesota.

Jennifer Davis 

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Minnesota 1998

AWARDS

Print Making Residency at Lawrence Arts Center, KS 2016

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Fund Grant 2012

CSA: Community Supported Arts Project Fund from Springboard for the Arts 2010

CSA: Community Supported Arts Project Fund from Springboard for the Arts 2014

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2022

Color Wheel, Rubine Red Gallery, Palm Springs, CA (TBA)

Paintings at Gallery 120, Inver Grove Heights, MN

Get Lucky 2022, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

2021

New Paintings by Jennifer Davis, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH

Cult Of Meow 5, Gristle Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Mpls Art Sketchbook Project, Gamut Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Enormous Tiny Art Show #29, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH

Minnesota Artists Penny Press, Various Locations, MN

Get Lucky 2021, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

2020

Salut! Coaster Show 5 at Nucleus Gallery in Portland, OR

Get Lucky 2020, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

Enormous Tiny Art Show #28, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH

Portraits, Rubine Red Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

Jennifer Davis Paintings, Birchwood Cafe, Minneapolis, MN

2019

Post-It Show 15, Giant Robot, Los Angeles, CA

Forward, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH

Members Juried Exhibition, Artistry at Bloomington Arts Center, Bloomington, MN

Collect Call 4, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

Cult of Meow, Gristle, Brooklyn NY

Drop In, Modist, Minneapolis, MN

Cactus Garden, Gristle, Brooklyn, NY

Grand Opening Exhibition, Rubine Red Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

Re-Told, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH

Between Worlds, Artistry / Bloomington Center for the Arts, Bloomington, MN

I Am Kindness, Canopy, Minneapolis, MN

Easter Egg Hunt (*Not that kind), Roseville Center, Roseville, MN

Enormous Tiny Art Show #25, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH

Get Lucky 2019, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

2018

Post-Patriarchal Feminism: Visions of Optimism & Illusion, Co Exhibitions, Minneapolis, MN

Strange New World, ArtSpace, Raleigh, NC*

Affectionate Indifference, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS

14th Annual Post-It Show, Giant Robot, Los Angeles, CA

Artists In the Kitchen, Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN

Winterland , Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN

Chromatic , Alto Gallery, Denver, CO

Enormous Tiny Art Show #23 , Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH (Forthcoming)

Jennifer Davis and Amy Oeth , Barbette, Minneapolis, MN

2017

Culture As Weapon, Space 369, Minneapolis, MN

Art is My Weapon , Gamut Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

ArtCrank , Fulton, Minneapolis, MN

Hotbed 2017, Drever Family Foundation, Tiburon, CA

Arc, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH

To Be You, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN

Get Lucky, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

Count Backwards from 10, Fox Tax, Minneapolis, MN

2016

Blank Canvas 2016, Public Functionary, Minneapolis, MN

Cocktails at the Castle, American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN

Delightful 10, Track 29, Minneapolis, MN*

Prince, Gamut Gallery, Minnapolis, MN

Screaming Hand Finale, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Screaming Hand, CO Exhibitions, Minneapolis, MN

The Umbrella that Traveled the World, Galleria, Edina, MN

What Goes Around, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH
Enormous Tiny Art Show 19, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH
Friends and Strangers: A Portrait Collection, Ditch, Minneapolis, MN
Get Lucky, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

The Man Who Fell to Earth, Gamut Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

The Wall, Kit & Ace, Minneapolis, MN*

2015

Jennifer Davis, Decoy Gallery, Austin, TX*

Enormous Tiny Art Show 18, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH

Mt Tape, Tomodachi, Minneapolis, MN

Jealous Curator, Beford Gallery at Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA, 2015

I AM KXNDNESS, Burnet Gallery at Chambers, Minneapolis, MN

Stripe Tease (Set Design), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Fusebox Festival, Austin, TX

Get Lucky, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

Animal Dreams, Art Start, Rhinelander, WI

Blank Canvas by MN4MN, Public Functionary, Minneapolis, MN

Collect Call 2, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN

Art to the Power of Ten (Art Fair), McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX

SET DESIGN

Stripe Tease 2015, A Walker Art Center Commissioned, touring dance and music performance by Choreographer Chris Schlichting:

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Salvage Vanguard Theater, Austin, TX

American Dance Institute, Rockville, MD

Danspace Project, New York, NY

Storefront Theater, Chicago, IL

Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA

MURALS

My Very Own Bed, Minneapolis, MN, 2021

Minnesota State Fair, Falcon Heights, MN, 2021

Trapeze Champagne Bar, Minneapolis, MN, 2018

Hai Hai Patio, Minneapolis, MN, 2018