Joren Lindholm received his BFA, cum laude, from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. He later moved to New York City where, from 1996 to 1998, he attended the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. In 2004, Lindholm received his MFA in Painting at the American University in Washington, D.C. He has been the recipient of the Milton Avery scholarship in Art and the Beverly Creighton scholarship, and was a Post Baccaleaureate fellow in art education at Knox College. He has been a guest lecturer and assistant instructor at the Delaware College of Art and Design, York College, Corcoran College of Art and Design and American University. Residencies include the Vermont Studio Center, Pyramid Atlantic Center for Printmaking and the Charles Cecil Studio in Florence, Italy. His work has been exhibited in New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Beijing, and New Dehli. He currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.


I love the painting manifested by many of the cultures of the 20th century and want to pass along that as an inspiration. The objective in my work is to build a variety of compositions, that are (subtly) spatial in the visual sense, out of abstract structures. The punctuation of design reflects the influence of my upbringing around the architecture of Chicago. My execution and process negotiates the invention and tactility inherent in the medium of painting with a mixed-media outlook that brings in elements of printmaking and collage.

I am concerned with the fragmentation of collective experience within a spectacle-driven modernity. The arrangements of light/pattern and form/space are made into juxtapositions that parody a transition from flatness and graphics to volume and depth. The imagery is synthetic and representational, and often contains fables or vignettes that point to the gaps between reality, perception and actualization.

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