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Francesca Sundsten

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Francesca Sundsten was born in southern California, but moved to the Seattle area at the age of three. She has also lived for a year or morein England, Malaysia, Boston, and San Francisco. She began painting earnestly in her early 20's and enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute at the age of 24.


It was the mid 1980's when 'ugly art' duelled with conceptualism. Neither discipline seemed to provide a meaningful or pertinent direction for her. After a poverty stricken three months on the European continent and visits to over a hundred museums there, she ascertained that the most engaging and necessary pursuit was to follow her love of representational painting, which was very disapproved of in her undergraduate program. Returning to San Francisco, she spent the next two years defending this very unpopular direction. A show of Odd Nerdrum's work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1985 indicated that she wasn't entirely alone, and she promptly headed to Oslo the following summer for an informal apprenticeship with him there. She was eventually awarded her diploma. Two years of graduate school at Stanford University allowed her to continue her exploration of representational painting depicting intangible and inexplicable narratives. She continues this quest living with her husband and cat back in Seattle.

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EDUCATION

1990 MFA, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

1987 BFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010 Portraiture, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008 The Usual Suspects, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA

2007 Phenomena, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY

2006 Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA

2005 Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA

2004 Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL

2003 Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA

2002 Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA

Impediments and Perils, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA

2000 Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA

1999 Olga Dollar Gallery, Seattle, WA

1998 Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA

1997 Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1996 Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA

1995 Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1993 Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA

Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1992 Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA

1991 Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1990 Parker/Zanic Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Stanford University Art Gallery, Stanford, CA

1989 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Temporal Experiments, Dice Gallery, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV

1988 Songs of Land and Skin, Show 'n Tell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010 Naked Group Show, Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009 Winter Haiku, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY and San Francisco, CA

On Paper, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY and San Francisco, CA

Summertime…, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY and San Francisco, CA

2008 The Figure Today, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA and New York, NY

Winter Selections, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY

2007 Representation 2007, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Interiors & Works on Paper, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006 Winter Haiku, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Constructed Illusions, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Eighth Annual Realism Invitational, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA and New

York, NY

Persona, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA

2005 Seventh Annual Realism Invitational, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004 Aberration/Pollination, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL

2001 About Paint, Art Institute of Southern California, Laguna Beach, CA

Special Exhibition, Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA

1999 The Figure, Philosophy, Facades, Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA

From Here to the Horizon: Artists of the Rural Landscape, Whatcom Museum of Art,

Bellingham, WA

1998 Anti-Pesszimizmus, Nador Galeria, Budapest, Romania

1996 Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1995 Washington: 100 Years, 100 Paintings, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

Cornish College of the Arts, Fisher Gallery, Seattle, WA

1994 Figure/Ground, Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angeles, WA

New Old Masters, Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA

1993 Miniatures, Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA

1992 Seven Dreams, Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Carnival Culture, Center of Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

Northwest Annual, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

International Federation of Artists, Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia

1991 Galleria Potatohead, Seattle, WA

1990 Introductions, Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Parker/Zanic Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1989 Contained, Dice Gallery, Reno, NV

1988 Alternative Galleries Select, SF Arts Commission Gallery (by Artspace), San Francisco, CA

Art ala Carte, Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2008 Apocalyse / Rapture, Front Forty Press, Chicago, November 2008.

2006 Seattle Post Intelligencer, November 17, review by Regina Hackett

2003 Artists of the West Coast, November

2002 ZZYZZYVA: Fall

2000 Coast Magazine Cover, December

CATALOG: 'New Old Masters' by Wendy Hawley-Ruppel

1992 New Art Examiner, by Bruce Barcott, pg 34, December

CATALOG: Olga Dollar Gallery

1991 ZYZZYVA: Spring

1990 Visions, by Nathan Oliveira, pg 50 Fall

'Picturing Landscape' by M.F. Porges, Shift, vol 2, no 4, pg 46

1988 'Exposures' by David Isreal, SOMA: July, pgs 16 & 30

1988 ARTWEEK: May 21, pg 11 'Fever Dreams and Fragile

Monuments' by Mark Durant

AWARDS

1994 Artists Trust GAP Grant

1993 Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship

1989 San Francisco Foundation, Adalain Cadogan Award

1988 Ellie and John Stern Fellowship Fund in Art

1987 Spring Show Award, (drawing) San Francisco Art Institute

1985 Printmaking Purchase Award, San Francisco Art Institute

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

Microsoft, Redmond WA

University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA

TEACHING

2009 Gage Academy, Seattle, WA

2009 Pratt Institute, Seattle, WA

1998-2003 Gage Academy, Seattle, WA

1994-1997 Visiting Artist Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA (drawing/painting)

1990 Stanford University, Stanford, CA (drawing)

1988-1990 Stanford University, Stanford, CA (TA painting)

OTHER

2006 Cover Artwork for Lisa Germano, 'In the Maybe World', Young God Records

2001 Cover Artwork for Rieflin, Fripp,Gunn, FWD Records

1998 Cover Artwork for Ulloi Uti Fuch, Cross Roads Records

1995 Cover Artwork for KMFDM (Nihil) TVT Records

1994 Seattle Metro 'Poetry on the Buses' Project

1994 Artist in Residence, The Children's Museum, Seattle, WA

1991 Cover Artwork for Pigface (GUB) Invisible Records

1988 Commissioned postcard, San Francisco Art Institute

1987 Summer Apprenticeship with Odd Nerdrum, Oslo, Norway

1985-87 Capp Street Project, San Francisco, CA

Assistant to Artists-in-Residence:

James Lee Byers, Mary Lucier, Paul Kos, and others.

Recent Exhibits

Francesca Sundsten participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2012 PHOTOGRAPHY NOW
Jenkins Johnson Gallery - NY
 
Jun, 2011 Celebrate Summer
Jenkins Johnson Gallery
 
Jul, 2009 NAKED Group Show
Skotia Gallery
 
Dec, 2008 Winter Haiku
Jenkins Johnson Gallery - NY
 
Sep, 2008 The Figure Today
Jenkins Johnson Gallery - NY
 
Oct, 2007 Phenomena
Jenkins Johnson Gallery - NY
 
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