Jenny Sharaf

Jenny Sharaf

Medium: Painting
City: San Francisco, CA
Education: MFA Mills College
Website: www.jennysharaf.com

About the artists
Jenny Sharaf is a an artist born and raised in Los Angeles, currently living in San Francisco, CA.  Through painting, video, works on paper, and installations, Sharaf explores the mythology of the California girl, the role of the female artist, and the image of the 21st century woman in order to illuminate the evolving generational shifts of feminism and contemporary notions of the gaze.

The depiction of female iconography in her work is layered, something between want, desire, pain, and exhibitionism.  Working between figurative and abstraction, her imagery encompasses trashy reality media, sophisticated starlets, pop culture and abstract skin-referencing forms of bright color.  

While examining the complexity of feminism’s legacy, Sharaf works with images that reflect on this loaded history and explores her niche within a generation of women who are disconnected from that struggle.  As a California blonde herself, she maps a history of blondes in the media and adopts tropes of pop art, abstract expressionist painting and low-brow media.  

She is also the founder of Gallery Daily, which bridges the gap between art and technology in the Bay Area.

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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

SOLO / TWO-PERSON

2014
Designed Identity | CES Contemporary | Los Angeles, CA

2013
Femme-Gestures | Henry Hudson Studios | Hudson, NY
Blonde Ambition: A Solo Show | Backstock Gallery | Oakland, CA

GROUP

2014
Anniversary Show | Backstock Gallery | Oakland, CA
Burst | CES Contemporary | Los Angeles, CA

2013
This Will Never Work | Southern Exposure | San Francisco, CA
Mas Attack | Studio 17 | San Francisco, CA
Image Search | Google Headquarters | Mountain View, CA
Holiday Pop-Up | Park Life | San Francisco, CA
Absolut Open Canvas | Divsadero St. | San Francisco, CA
Surface | CES Contemporary | Laguna Beach, CA
Future Tense | CES Contemporary | Laguna Beach, CA
MFA THESIS SHOW | Mills College Art Museum | Oakland, CA
Art Auction to Benefit The Artists | Incline Gallery | San Francisco, CA
Free Gallery | Pro Arts Gallery | Oakland, CA

2012
An Art Auction | MacArthur B Arthur | Oakland, CA
Film and Video Screenings | The Lab | San Francisco, CA
Spookfest Film Festival with Mike Kuchar | A.T.O. (A Temporary Offering) | San Francisco, CA
Beauty Curated by Glen Helfand and Katrina Traywick | Berkeley Art Center | Berkeley, CA
Rio Grande Installation | A.T.O. (A Temporary Offering) | San Francisco, CA
Fortnight | Royal Nonesuch Gallery | Oakland, CA

CURATOR

2014
New New New Abstraction | Toomey Tourell Fine Arts | San Francisco, CA
Mega Pop-Up & Salon | Kiip Offices | San Francisco, CA

2013
Image Search | Google Headquarters | Mountain View, CA
Femmescapes | The Niles Residence | San Francisco, CA

PRESS
Art at Bay
Art Enthusiast
Chaos Magazine

ACCOLADES
Jenny Sharaf won the first ABSOLUT Vodka Open Canvas contest in August 2013.

 
 

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    The Sunshine Project
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    Don't Forget To Write
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    Golden State Of Mind
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    After Nowness
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    Agnes Martin at Forever 21
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    Palm Springs In The Spring
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    Tan Lines
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    The Femme Faultline
    Painting
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    Pink Valley
    Painting
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