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Fine Art Focus: Jennifer Packer

by Grace Bonney

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I love living in upstate New York, but there are so many things to love and miss about New York City for me: amazing restaurants, incredible architecture and mornings in the dog park with friends. But what I might miss most of all are the things I didn’t take full advantage of when we were living in Brooklyn. Namely, all of the wonderful museums. Now, more than ever, I find myself wishing I could hop on the subway and head uptown to see shows at The Met, and even further uptown at the Studio Museum. The Studio Museum has had a string of outstanding shows in the last few years, and one of their artists-in-residence has been on my mind lately: Jennifer Packer.

Jennifer is a talented painter who was born in Philadelphia but now works and lives in New York. Her portraits and still-life paintings have been pinned on my inspiration board for a while now, and I wanted to share some of my favorites here today. Her use of texture and bright color draws me back to each piece over and over to find more details and information in the backgrounds, and subtle nuances of her work. You can read on below to learn more about Jennifer and to find more of her work online. xo, grace

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Artist: Jennifer Packer
About: Jennifer Packer was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1984. She received her BFA from The Tyler School of Art at Temple University and her MFA from Yale. She now lives and works in New York. She was chosen as an artist-in-residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem from 2012-2013.
Work: Jennifer’s paintings depict portraits of her friends, family members and still life.
More: You can read more about Jennifer here, here, here and here.

All artwork (c) Jennifer Packer. Images from JenniferPacker.tumblr.com. Portrait of Jennifer by Paul Mpagi Sepuya.

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