Jennifer Coates

Jennifer Coates is a painter based in NYC and Lakewood, PA. She has a solo show up through April 8 entitled “Pagan Forest” at the Knauer Gallery at West Chester University in PA. Other recent solo shows include “Toxic Halo” at High Noon Gallery, NY 2020, and “Correspondences” at Freight and Volume Gallery, NY.
She has collaborated with Wells Chandler in the show “Electric Mayhem” at Crush Curatorial, NY and with David Humphrey in the shows “Mountain Man and Uncle Fritz” at Fiendish Plots in NE and “Plush Onus” at Arts & Leisure, NY. She is the 2021 recipient of the John Koch Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a residency from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in 2019, as well as a residency at the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program in 2018-2019.
She plays violin, ukulele and sings, performing with various bands in the pre Covid times.
Books mentioned in the interview are; What Color is the Sacred by Michael Taussig, Ministry For the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson, Parable of the Sowers by Octavia Butler

and A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet.
Triumph of Pan (Aqua), acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 5×6 ft, 2020
Triumph of Pan (Purple), acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 4×5 ft, 2020
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  1. […] Jennifer Coates spent the first several months of quarantine at her second home in rural Pennsylvania. At the end of March 2020, she became ill with COVID and took to her bed. Although she felt very weak, she brought paper and colored pencils with her to bed and was able to create some work. Despite this, the balance of the lockdown period has been a very productive time in her studio practice. Coates has been working on Photoshop collages using artwork from different time periods overlaid and altered to become a flickering of different periods in art history. From these, she makes drawings which become guache works until ultimately she renders paintings of increasing size using the imagery created in the collages. In this way, by the time she reaches the point of creating an 8-foot painting she is deeply familiar with the subject matter. To hear more about Jennifer’s work, including her musical talents and writing listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Jennifer Coates spent the first several months of quarantine at her second home in rural Pennsylvania. At the end of March 2020, she became ill with COVID and took to her bed. Although she felt very weak, she brought paper and colored pencils with her to bed and was able to create some work. Despite this, the balance of the lockdown period has been a very productive time in her studio practice. Coates has been working on Photoshop collages using artwork from different time periods overlaid and altered to become a flickering of different periods in art history. From these, she makes drawings which become guache works until ultimately she renders paintings of increasing size using the imagery created in the collages. In this way, by the time she reaches the point of creating an 8-foot painting she is deeply familiar with the subject matter. To hear more about Jennifer’s work, including her musical talents and writing listen to the complete interview. […]