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Josephine Halvorson makes oil paintings on site. She finds objects in their environment that she feels “look back” by revealing traces of human activity.
Working directly from perception, Halvorson’s process allows for a prolonged closeness and shared experience with her chosen subjects. This collaboration between artist, materials, and environment forges a painting that serves as a record of the artist’s conversation with the world and a testament to time spent.
Halvorson’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico. Her solo exhibitions Side By Side at Galerie Nelson-Freeman in Paris, What Looks Back at Sikkema Jenkins & Co., and Clockwise from Window at Monya Rowe have been widely reviewed.
Her group exhibitions include Americanana, curated by Katy Siegel at Hunter College, and Still, curated by Peter Fleissig at Frith Street Gallery, London.
Halvorson is the recipient of several awards, including a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to Vienna, Austria, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts award in painting.
Recent projects include her essay "Shame: The One That Got Away" published in ArtJournal, her curated exhibition I Am The Magic Hand at Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, and her ongoing participation in the Art21 documentary series New York Close Up.
Josephine Halvorson is a critic in the MFA program at Yale University, teaches painting to undergraduates at Princeton University and the Cooper Union, and is a regular visiting critic in the MFA program at Columbia University. She has lectured widely on her work at educational and cultural institutions throughout the United States.