Keeping Score
keeping score
Paintings 2015-2017
paintings 2015-2017
Recent Waterworks (2017)
recent waterworks 2017
Basketball
basketball
Hockey
hockey
The Long Summer
long summer
Paintings 2013-2014
paintings 2013-2014
Collages
collages
The Black & White Ball
ball
Clipped
clipped
A New Year in Paint
paint
Skating on Thin Ice
skating
Golf
golf
Austria
austria
A New Decade in Paint
paint
Dancing Through Life
dancing
Figures
figures
Whiskeytown
whiskeytown
No Naked Nudes
no naked nudes
Convictions
convictions
Body Language
new york
Tribute to Rotonde
brussels
A New Century in Paint
paintings1
Freshly Dug Up: 1970's
early work
In London: Diverse RCA
london
New in Berlin
berlin
In San Francisco: Boxers
Springer-Croke
In New York: Surfers
Surfers
From Cleveland: "Drawn In"
Cleveland
"The Babies V"
Babies 5
From Berlin: "Medusa"
Medusa
 

Online Catalogues

Prometheus High Tide Lifeguard Station Divorce
13 Lights Vacation The Bridge In June

Hockey

 

The Black & White Ball

The Lab, San Francisco

Clipped

The Two Window Project, Berlin

Painting Surveys

Most recent: 2012

Skating on Thin Ice

Bodies in Motion

Golf

 

Austria

The Road to Hungary

Dancing Through Life

E.M. Galerie, The Netherlands

Figures

House Gallery, Salt Lake City

Whiskeytown

Whiskeytown National Park Visitors Center

DiverseRCA

Royal College of Art, London

Italien

Nering Und Stern, Berlin

Offshore/On board

Mario Novak Gallery, New York

Boxers & Gamblers

Springer-Croke, San Francisco

Drawn In: The Seduction of Line

Miller-Weitzel Gallery, Cleveland

Drawn Together/Drawn Apart

San Francisco City Hall

Das Tier

Landengalerie, Berlin

Broken Vows

Morris Graves Museum of Art

Personal Visions

Napa College Art Gallery


A Room Fortune Home Fires

Much of Jan Wurm’s work explores the vagaries of romance, marriage, betrayal, and loss. The hotel series sets the stage just as the ship paintings obfuscate the deceptions. The social primacy of youth and beauty engenders the reliance on plastic surgery and domestic pandering typified by “Galatea.” As cautionary tales writ large, cycles of Greek myths examine issues of power, fidelity, and judgement. From contemporary scenes of political, social, and familial alliances surface the figures of Prometheus, Medea, and Antigone. These canvases hold the markings of contemporary life unfolding to reveal the broader implications of loyalty and responsibility.

A pervasive concern of this work is a fundamental power structure which determines personal expectations. How people view themselves and the world is reflected in iconic distillations of California life. Leisure, work, and family provide settings in which the values of society can be decoded.

Simple encounters and activities provide images in which people, through body language, gesture, and fashion, reveal more intimate aspects of their self-conceptions and expectations. Both public and private manners mirror the self-images of people. How people view their lives is determined by values passed on not only by the family, but also by society. Individuals are educated to assume certain positions and attitudes. These paintings attempt to go beyond the gesture of an individual’s presence and confront the underlying social condition. The rendering of the internal reality draws upon memories, fantasies, and expectations through the use of ghosts, shifting focus, overlapping planes, and fissures in space, making explicit what is otherwise invisible. These large-scale, frieze-like paintings also celebrate color and pattern with the merging of paint and line.