Since its opening in 1996, Jenkins Johnson Gallery has been dedicated to the progression of representation in contemporary art. This strong focus manifests itself through the continued representation of emerging, mid-career, and established artists who practice in a variety of mediums, including: painting, photography, sculpture, video, glass art, textiles, and digital painting. Each artist is chosen by owner Karen Jenkins -Johnson to expand the boundaries of representation.
Jenkins Johnson Gallery highlights the work of its artists through solo shows and selectively curated group exhibitions, and art fairs in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Santa Fe and London. Our artists have been acquired by museums and institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and many others. Their works have been praised by publications including: The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, ARTNews, Art in America, and The San Francisco Chronicle.
After receiving a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound and an M.B.A. from University of California, Berkeley and seven years in the arts, Karen Jenkins-Johnson opened the gallery in San Francisco. In 1996, the San Francisco gallery’s doors opened to offer a fresh contemporary vision and unique perspective on art. Her impact and success in the San Francisco art world, along with her dedication to showcasing an outstanding collection of fine art works, led Jenkins-Johnson being appointed president of the San Francisco Art Dealer’s Association in 2003.
In 2005, Jenkins-Johnson opened a gallery in New York’s prominent Chelsea gallery district. The exhibitions in New York have received critical acclaim since its opening. In 2007 Jenkins-Johnson was interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle on her galleries in both San Francisco and New York. Both galleries showcase a plethora of national and international artists, who work in an array of cultivated processes, artistic mediums, and subject matter. All of the works we show are a part of a continuing discourse on the evolution and method of realist and representational art.