Joanne Topol

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The King's Reach, 2011 Acrylic On Paper © Reserved
Peach Beach, 2008 Acrylic On Paper
Paris Map II, 2008 Acrylic/Mixed Media On Paper
Ball's Atlas of Astronomy, 2008 Acrylic/Mixed Media On Paper
Resting Point, 2008 Acrylic On Paper
Celestial Hilltop, 2011 Acrylic On Paper © Reserve rights
Quick Facts
Boston, MA.
Birth year
Lives in
Pasadena, CA.
Works in
Pasadena, CA.
Brown University, 1977, A.B. Biology
University of Michigan, 1980, M.S. Human Genetics
California Institute of Technology, 1990, Ph.D. Molecular Genetics


Using acrylics and mixed media on paper, board or canvas, painter Joanne Topol creates visually striking images with bold, symbolic designs and sophisticated palettes of vibrant colors and earthy mineral tones. In addition to her accomplishments as a visual artist, Topol is a research scientist, having received a Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the California Institute of Technology in 1990.

Parallel pursuits of art and science began during her undergraduate years at Brown University, and continued at the University of Michigan, where she earned her Masters in Human Genetics. While pursuing her doctorate at Caltech, Topol also attended classes at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. More recently, she has studied monotype and collage techniques at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.

Topol has been painting full-time and selling her artwork since 2000. Although she has always loved the analytical nature of science, she embraces art for very different reasons. In contrast to her years in science, she experiences the artistic process as a purely right brain activity — an intuitive, non-analytical experience of inner feelings — not an expression of thoughts or ideas acquired in the outer world.

Topol has resided in Southern California since 1981. She now lives in Pasadena with her husband Michael, and their children, Alex and Sarah.


Tria Gallery, New York, NY Group Show June-July 2008

Three Graces Gallery, Portsmouth, NH Group Show September 2007

Cache Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA Solo Show October 2006

Mellon Gallery, Arcadia, CA Group Show July 2004

The Coronet Theatre, West Hollywood, CA Group Show June 2004

The Townsend Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Group Show March 2004

Restaurant Lozano, Sierra Madre, CA Solo Show November 2003

CMg Design Studio, Pasadena, CA Solo Show June 2000