Jennifer Randall is a Fine Art Painter working in San Luis Obispo, California, Portland, Oregon, and Hutchinson, Kansas.
Having graduated from the Academy of Art in San Francisco in 1988, she moved to find work in Los Angeles, where she is from. This lead to a job co-creating the graphics and cover design for Tom Petty’s tour book during the 'Great Wide Open' Tour. Her neighbors at the time included designer Richard Tyler, while an emerging jeans company called 'Lucky Brand’ was manufacturing its prototype fashion wear on a floor below. This was an amazingly and creatively energized atmosphere which helped Jennifer produce artistically significant work which which was shown regularly in downtown Los Angeles.
During time spent in Europe and Mexico, travel and experience brought new eyes and attitudes towards artwork and creativity. Jennifer found that her subject matter and color expanded exponentially to cover the new and exciting vistas being experienced.
Her travels have never stopped and while living in the Kansas, having moved her family to work on projects, Jennifer’s artistic direction moved towards the people and rich history of the area. Having already worked on an art series of 'Remarkable Women', Randall's paintings quickly embraced Kansas Women as a sub series of paintings.
She says of this work, "I found something comforting, inspiring and fascinating about the life stories of these Kansan women. Out of incredible circumstances and against so many odds, they paved a way for themselves and others, creating memorable stories. Some based on survival, some on a driven passion, each story contains a piece of all of us. The series also explores the deeper connection we have to each other and where we come from. Each of us have joy, success, struggles, sorrow, and we are often perceived a certain way by how we emotionally and physically display these life events. I have chosen to paint each of these characters from an objective and hopefully new, viewpoint."
And she found her focus through the work behind this seminal series of paintings. "I enjoy the research of each life I choose to depict in a painting. I embrace the common denominators in our lives along with the differences. I feel less alone as a 'modern day' woman, as I face many of the same gender and life struggles. Each of our lives are remarkable in their own way.”
Randall’s singular belief is that “art has a way of making you think, and look at things differently”. Her 'Remarkable Kansas Women' is part of an even larger, on-going series depicting singular women from around the world. She states, "This series was inspired by my interest in the historical lives of women. The force and determination of each life through the most unusual of circumstances is fascinating and worth reconstructing.” The paintings from this series have been shown at museums and galleries throughout Kansas.
Jennifer Randall's newer series of paintings is called Circus Hearts, and explores the 'heart’ as the center of experience, both visually and personally. The paintings are vibrant and appealing. They have been on display in San Luis Obispo, California at the Art Museum, in San Luis Obispo downtown businesses, and at The Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach. She continues to work on this series to this day.
Randall is excited to share her most recent conceptual artwork. "In my new and latest work, Camisole de Force, an Exploratory Project, I will be connecting and creatively building on the physicality of the straight jacket. These jackets will each be addressing and accumulating a historical, personal or social theme that ties in with emotional or intellectual constraint and binding.
Within each piece, I will draw from my own personal experiences, tapping into history and cultural climate.
The term is also used metaphorically, as in the phrase "intellectual straitjacket" to criticize very tight boundaries on what ideas are allowed, as imposed by an ideological system of thought.
The history of binding and control can be unraveled culture by culture as well as through ideologies. The binding and control of women can be found throughout time. I want to research, explore these dynamics and create a project based series of artworks based on the accumulative findings along with my personal response to those findings.
With current research and planning for the Chemise De Force project, I have begun to unravel the psychological and emotional similarities to the garment itself, being bound by personal, cultural or gender norms.
Each straight jacket I create will represent a time personally, historically, and/or culturally of being bound.
Themes and ideas will build on each other as the project unfolds.
I have begun research on both the historical, cultural and physical aspects of the straight jacket and their creation, as well as the artistic approach to the design and content.
I will to finish a series of 12-20 of these jackets. I am sewing them myself, then painting along with mixed media, resulting in the final pieces.
I plan to document each one with photographs and video, of both the finished products and the process of each one as it's created.
The end result of my Camisole de Force series will take shape in the form of exhibition of these works entitled ‘Camisole de Force', involving both performative dynamics and formal display of these works in a gallery setting."
Camisole de Force pieces will be added to the website as they are completed.
The Beginnings of the Publik Bike Projekt. 2009
Donated bicycles through the Hutchinson Police Department, were painted and placed on the street for use downtown.
Art Rack Community Art Project. 2011
Artlandia, the headquarters for Third Thursday and a Gallery open for the community, with monthly rotating Art Exhibits. I began Artlandia in 2015.
The Public Bike Station
This local Hutchinson Kansas bike share concept almost got up and running.
Stemming from the ideas of the Publik Bike Projekt, the Bike Station was in the process of raising money to begin operating. The financial support and interest from the community was not enough to get it going… yet.
I did managed to place two Publik Bike Repair Stations in Hutchinson. One in Ave A Park and one in front of the Hutchinson Zoo.
The recent Annual ArtWalk during Third Thursday, Umbrella Alley, created an artful and creative space for the community to visit Artists and their work.
The Kansas Gallery Beginnings
My gallery in Hutchinson, Kansas circa 2008
Paint and Switch Event
This event during Third Thursday is a crowd pleasing creative activity. Five artists rotate around five canvases during Third Thursday and create unique and collaborative works of art. These are then auctioned off and proceeds go to the artists and to Third Thursday.
Hutchinson Magazine has published several articles on murals facilitated during the ArtWalk on Third Thursday. Over the years there have been several murals by local and national artists placed on buildings in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Kansas Women Series
My painting of Louise Brooks, a silent film star from Kansas.
This exhibit featured paintings from my Kansas Women Series.
Another Hutchinson Magazine article featuring Third Thursday on its cover as part of a celebration of businesses and events that have been a part of downtown Hutchinson for many years.
I started Third Thursday in 2008, and have been organizing the event every month since the beginning.