DVAA Member since 2017
Jenn Hallgren is an oil painter, though she has been known to use just about any medium available at a given moment. She identifies as a formalist and believes that the most important aspect of a work of art is its form, the way it is made and its purely visual aspects, rather than its narrative or content. While she paints from observation, the subject of the painting is not necessarily her objective. Rather, she focuses on the process of painting and how to best use the medium to create and subjugate form on the two-dimensional surface. Hallgren has had solo exhibitions at Twenty Manning Grill, presented by InLiquid, and at the Watermark Gallery. She has also participated in numerous group shows at Da Vinci Art Alliance, Wayne Art Center, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Henry Gallery at Penn State, Masonic Temple, Fleisher Art Memorial, PwaT, CultureWorks, Wright Statue University, Chautauqua Institute, Galleries at Wright State, and the galleries at St. Louis Community College.
“I'm a painter! Mostly I'm an oil painter, though I've been known to use just about any medium available at a given moment. I Love to paint. It's pretty much all I want to do. I Love to paint the world around me and lots of beautiful things — and I Love that a lot of my peeps seem to really Love my paintings of our beautiful world and the beautiful things in it! There is nothing really special about me, I'm just painter who paints... just about anything, just about all the time.
P.S. I’m a bit of a formalist — my world is made up of line, color, shape, form, structure, composition and plasticity. And, while I paint from observation, the subject of the painting is not my objective. The process of painting is my objective — the process of how to best use the medium, often oil paint, to create and subjugate form on the two dimensional surface of the canvas.”