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b. 1955, USA

Jenny Scobel Biography

Jenny Scobel, born 1955, Orrville (US), lives and works in New York (US).

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Jenny Scobel’s works are executed in graphite and oil paint on prepared wooden panels or vellum. These portraits range from widely known figures such as Michelle Pfeiffer and Virginia Woolf, to completely anonymous women who have been cut out from printed media or photographs. The portrayed subjects seem however deformed because the proportions of head and body are not always compatible. The same model is often reintroduced in a slightly altering but ever prominent décor. These intimate backgrounds give the scene an unsettling and uncanny feeling, also because the figures and their environment seem to come from a different period of time. Scobel’s paintings allude to beauty and its underlying calamity. The image will never reveal its true story.

Jenny Scobel had several solo exhibitions in Europe and the USA, including the Molloy College Rockville Centre in New York, Galerie der Stadt Backnang, and the Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, amongst others.

In 2004, Scobel participated in the exhibition Sagt holde Frauen: 15 zeitgenossische Kunstlerinnen und das Medium Zeichnung at the Museum Fridericianum in Kassel. Other recent group exhibitions include Women Portraits at Overbeck Gesellschaft, Lübeck, Pleisterplekken at Museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent, Dangerous Woman DFN Gallery, New York and The Human Subject Art Gallery, Cleveland State University.

Jenny Scobel joined the gallery in 2002.

Text courtesy Zeno X Gallery.

Jenny Scobel Featured Artworks

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March by Jenny Scobel contemporary artwork
Jenny Scobel March, 2003 Graphite, oil and wax on prepared wooden panel
28 x 22.5 inches
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By and By by Jenny Scobel contemporary artwork
Jenny Scobel By and By, 2002 Graphite and wax on prepared wooden panel
29 x 38.5 inches
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Bird at the Window by Jenny Scobel contemporary artwork
Jenny Scobel Bird at the Window, 2003 Graphite, oil and wax on prepared wooden panel
32 x 24 inches
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Untitled (Bird Print Dress) by Jenny Scobel contemporary artwork
Jenny Scobel Untitled (Bird Print Dress), 2002 Graphite, oil and wax on prepared wooden panel
32 x 24 inches
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Amanda (I) by Jenny Scobel contemporary artwork
Jenny Scobel Amanda (I), 2011 Pencil, watercolour, wax on gessoed wooden panel
86.4 x 61 cm
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Lately by Jenny Scobel contemporary artwork
Jenny Scobel Lately, 2006 Graphite, watercolour and wax on gessoed wooden panel
81 x 61 cm
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The babysitter by Jenny Scobel contemporary artwork
Jenny Scobel The babysitter, 2006 Graphite, watercolour and wax on gessoed wooden panel
107 x 61 cm
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Followed by Jenny Scobel contemporary artwork
Jenny Scobel Followed, 2005 Graphite and watercolour on gessoed wooden panel
81 x 61 cm
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Jenny Scobel Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Jenny Scobel, Women at Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
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20 September–27 October 2012 Jenny Scobel Women Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Jenny Scobel, Iteration at Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
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17 February–26 March 2005 Jenny Scobel Iteration Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Jenny Scobel, Ingots at Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
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5 June–25 July 2003 Jenny Scobel Ingots Thomas Erben Gallery, New York

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