Artist Statement

In my work, I am interested in how we perceive the nature of the individual and the thematic ways that it can be communicated. Through the tradition of portraiture, I use written letters, binary code and performative process to create a relationship with historical concepts and contemporary life.

Using oil, acrylic, and water-soluble wax pastel, on paper, canvas, and wood, I paint with high-octane color. I like the tension between incongruent colors and juxtaposing complementary colors to create a visual emotional impact.

Jennifer Mondfrans


Jennifer Mondfrans lives in San Francisco.

Autodidact by nature, Jennifer created her independent painting classes while studying philosophy at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Her first painting won the President’s Award, the school’s top art prize. She also won a grant to fund the creation of a 4’ x 7’ acrylic painting which is now in the college’s permanent collection.

After college, Jennifer continued to paint (sometimes in heated conditions) while she worked as a writer in all forms of advertising. On moving to San Francisco in 2002, Jennifer built a body of work influenced by color and inspired by historical women scientists. She has been represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace in Gold Coast, Australia, and her work has been featured in Scientific American and GenPort, a website funded by the European Union that focuses on gender in science. She has shown in San Francisco, New York City, Berlin, Germany, Romania, Portland, Oregon, Hudson, New York, Gold Coast, Australia, and the National Steinbeck Museum.