Mimi Jensen

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A Week at the Met (In the Garden with Matisse), 2011 Oil On Canvas 12 X 20" © Mimi Jensen 2011
Surprise, 2013 Oil On Canvas 30 X 30 In. © Mimi Jensen 2013
Reflections on Red and Black, 2012 Oil On Canvas 18 24" © Mimi Jensen 2012
Pepper Party, 2012 Oil On Canvas 2012 © Mimi Jensen 2012
Gazpacho, 2012 Oil On Canvas 12x20" © Mimi Jensen 2012
After Party, 2013 Oil On Canvas 12x12" © Mimi Jensen 2013
Family Reunion II, 2011 Oil On Canvas 16x20" © Mimi Jensen 2011
Family Reunion II, 2011 Oil On Canvas 16x20" © Mimi Jensen 2011
A Week at the Met (5th Avenue), 2009 Oil 16 X 20 In. © Mimi Jensen 2009
A Week at the Met (Painters in Paris), 2009 Oil On Canvas 18 X 24" © Mimi Jensen 2009
American Idol , 2010 Oil 12 X 12 In. © Mimi Jensen 2010
Midwinter II, 2007 Oil On Canvas 12 X 20" © Mimi Jensen 2007
Splurge, 2009 Oil On Canvas 16x20" © Mimi Jensen 2009
Spring, 2010 Oil On Canvas 12" X 12" © Mimi Jensen 2010
Spring, 2010 Oil On Canvas 12" X 12" © Mimi Jensen 2010
Insalata , 2009 Oil 16 X 20 In. © Mimi Jensen 2009
The Blues , 2010 Oil On Canvas 16 X 20 In. © Mimi Jensen 2010
The Blues , 2010 Oil On Canvas 16 X 20 In. © Mimi Jensen 2010
Quick Facts
Lives in
San Francisco
Works in
San Francisco
Representing galleries
still life, Contemporary still life, contemporary realism, oil painting

Mimi Jensen is a realist, fascinated by the way things look. Through keen observation and attention to detail, she translates that fascination into convincing portrayals of reality, whether painted from real life or from her own imagination. Her widely collected works range from still life to imaginary realism. Each piece begins when some simple observation captures her attention — the shadow on a drawn window shade, a silver vase on a friend's shelf, or perhaps a concept. Jensen's intent in painting it is to entice the viewer to linger long enough to notice what otherwise might be overlooked and to conjure a narrative from his or her own experience.

In her STILL LIFE work, Mimi Jensen presents an often playful mix of everyday objects. She selects her subjects from a variety of sources — her collection of thrift-store finds, the ripe, colorful fruits found at farmers markets, almost any happened-upon object that intrigues her. With a photographer's eye for composition, she arranges and re-arranges these objects until the rhythm feels right. With great attention to detail, she paints these objects life-size from an orthographic perspective. By spotlighting her subjects "on stage" she asks the viewer to notice them as much as she does, to look at their texture and color and shape, and how they interplay. The allure of the still life revived in 2003, inspired by a workshop with the artist John Morra, and it continues to be her joy and her challenge. More recently, she fulfilled a dream of spending an entire week at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This resulted in an on-going series of paintings, "A Week at the Met," exhibited for the first time in 2010.

In her INTERIORS, Mimi Jensen paints edges, shadows, and glimpses that suggest only a hint of what's beyond. Often sparked by something observed, such as an intricate play of light and shadow on a wall, Jensen takes that inspiration and builds an imagined environment around it. Although her settings evidence a human presence, no one is there at the captured moment. Jensen paints what she wants you to see. But she also urges the viewer to pause and consider what has not been emphasized or has been left out. Jensen wants the viewer to wonder what's around that corner.



  • 2011 Arden Gallery, Boston, MA
  • 2010 Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2007-1994 Bi-annual Solo Exhibitions at Hespe Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1992,91,90,89 Convergence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1993 So. Bay Contemporary Museum, Sales & Rental Gallery, Torrance, CA
  • 1990 "Paper Shadows", PVAC Collectors Gallery, Palos Verdes, CA
  • 1988 Fred Segal, Santa Monica, CA
  • 1988 The Wave, Playa del Rey, CA
  • 1987,86 WSL Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


  • 2011 Artist Interview, Professional Artist magazine, p.44, April issue
  • 2010 Interview on the art blog Venetian Red, September 1
  • 2007 California Home+Design, p.74, September 2007 issue, San Francisco, CA
  • 2007 "Natural Curiosities", American Art Collector, pp. 138-141, Sept 2007 Issue, Vol. 23, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2005 Cover Art, Strategies for Reading & Arguing About Literature, Prentice Hall, NJ
  • 2004 Nott, Robert, "Valentine's Stroll", The New Mexican, 2/13/04
  • 2002 Cover Art, Short Fiction, Classic & Contemporary, 5th ed, ed. Bohner, Prentice Hall, NJ
  • 2000 New American Paintings, Vol.31, Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA
  • 1999 Cover Art, Short Fiction, Classic & Contemporary, 4th ed, ed. Bohner, Prentice Hall, NJ
  • 1999 "Connecticut Review", Fall 1999 Issue, New Haven, CT
  • 1999 Cover Art, Reading Lessons, Carpenter, Prentice Hall, NJ
  • 1997 "Hayden's Ferry Review", Fall/Winter 1997 Issue, Tempe, AZ
  • 1997 Poet's Market, ed. Martin, Writer's Digest Books, Cincinnati, OH
  • 1996 Cover Art, "Hayden's Ferry Review", Fall/Winter '95 Issue, Tempe, AZ
  • 1995 Award of Excellence, "Manhattan Arts International", Summer '95 Issue
  • 1994 Finalist, "Northwest Poets and Artists Calendar"
  • 1993 Silver Award, "Art of California Magazine Discovery Awards", Winter Issue
  • 1991 "Art Business News", April '91
  • 1990 L. Montgomery, "Artist Captures Quiet Solitude in Exhibit", News-Pilot, 3/90
  • 1988 R. Trotter, "Muscarelle Has Visual Feast...", The Virginian-Pilot, 4/88
  • 1987 C. Curtis, "'87 'Images' A Cut Above Usual", L.A. Times, 8/87
  • 1985 S. Gottlieb, "Visions with Feminine Perspective", L.B. Press-Telegram, 10/85
  • 1985 -1997: Numerous Awards in Juried Exhibitions


  • 2010 The San Francisco Fine Art Fair, San Francisco, CA
  • 2007,05,03 "Arcadia: Artists Celebrate Trees" Invitational, San Francisco, CA
  • 2005 Chicago Contemporary & Classic, Chicago, IL
  • 2005 Art Miami, Miami, FL
  • 2004 Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
  • 2003 WAM 20th Anniversary Invitational Exhibition, Long Beach, CA
  • 1997 Golden West College Fine Arts Gallery, Huntington Beach, CA
  • 1996 Gallery Concord, Concord, CA
  • 1996 Sacramento Fine Arts, Sacramento, CA
  • 1990 BACA, Berkeley, CA
  • 1990 Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA
  • 1989 Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX
  • 1989 Hatley Martin Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1989 Art Institute -Permian Basin, Odessa, TX
  • 1988 Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA
  • 1988 Cafe Montana, Santa Monica, CA
  • 1988 Beckstrand Gallery, Palos Verdes, CA
  • 1988 The Woman's Building, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1987 Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA
  • 1987 California State University Gallery, Long Beach, CA
  • 1986 Horizon Gallery, Manhattan Beach, CA
  • 1986 San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
  • 1985 "Women Art Makers" (4-Person Show), Hippodrome Gallery, Long Beach,CA


Graduate Studies, Drawing and Painting, Photography, CA State University Long Beach
B.A., Psychology, California State University Northridge


More than 150 collections throughout the United States, Russia, Europe, Australia and Asia

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