Neil Jenney
American, born 1945
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Creatures Great and Small,
Tobias Mueller Modern Art
Neil Jenney: Drawings & Paintings,
Works of the Jenney Archive,

Curator Marcia Tucker described Neil Jenney's visionary style of realism, developed in the late 1960s, as "Bad Painting". Reacting against the Photorealism and Minimalism of the time, Jenney pared down features to their most essential colors and forms (green grass, blue water, a brown wood floor), rendering simple relationships among humans, objects, and landscape in large, visible brushstrokes. His faux-naive oil-on-wood paintings, enclosed in heavy frames of his own design, anticipated the Neo-Expressionist movement and were influential in setting a new course for representative art.

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