Biography of the Artist, JRO
Jennifer Rae Ochs was born and raised in Forest Lake, Minnesota. As a young adult Ochs began to experiment with sculpture, photography and mixed media. Painting with acrylics rapidly emerged as her favored medium of expression.
JRO borrowed from her training as a classical pianist in developing her discipline as a visual artist. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1997. World travel would play a key role in her artwork having traversed five continents after college.
JRO had her first Gallery showing in 2004 at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, CA. She was invited to present ten paintings the majority of which sold opening night.
JRO began showing at prestigious galleries all over Southern California; exhibiting solo at Bergamot Station, M. J. Higgins and Chase Mitchell Gallery. She presented at group shows at La La Land, and the Cal Trans "Autumn Lights" Public Art exhibition.
JRO's second solo show at Bergamot Station resulted in an invitation to present her work at the Sejong Museum of Art, in Seoul, South Korea. She was catapulted on to the international stage, as the sole American in an ensemble of leading international artists presenting in the museum show "Today and Tomorrow”.
JRO is the founder of Rae Art Enterprises a visual arts and mixed media design studio. Project JPS, utilizing complex 3D synthesis of color and texture across the spectrum of visual arts and Liaison by JRO, are among its newest projects.
JRO received a second invitation to participate at the Sejong Museum of Art, “Goodmorning GwaangHwa” International Museum Show, 2013. JRO's work "Metallic Tone" graced the set of "Dexter" in episode seven of the sixth-season. She has
shown recently at BMW-Beverly Hills (2013), Sejong Museum of Art (2013), Hancock University (2013), and currently in the Visual Arts Gallery at the International Market Square, Minneapolis, MN and Gallery Bellarte in Seoul, South Korea.
JRO has recently completed a Corporate Art Commission for Shoe Dazzle, "Liaison by JRO_Project Shoe Dazzle" and is currently completing a series of acrylic on canvas works inspired by her recent sojourn in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
JRO has been based in Los Angeles since 2000 and now divides her time between the LA studio, her studio in Carmel, CA and her retreat in Sand Stone, MN.
Manifesto by JRO
Galloping horseback. Pursued by a wild bull at 17,000 feet elevation; I'm just 2 hours South of Quito. Entranced by the Andes, at full stride I ascend the eastern flank of the Parque Nacional Cotopaxi. My windstorm of momentum is halted by the contact with intimate eyes that suspend me deep in my creative conscious. The pack of wild horses spooked and I gave chase to indulged enticement. This is why I create.
My work is a celebration of moments in time. I revel in conflict amid conviction. Resolution is found in the creative process. Texture becomes solution, color stages revolution. Raw emotion invites me to the canvas. Strokes are felt long after the brush is laid to rest. I check the canvas for a pulse and dig the vibrations.
I was three when my first love arrived. I watched in awe not knowing that the medium grand Wurlitzer was to be mine. Classical piano, my first creative outlet offered a source of technical movement. My musical study creates freedom and balance in my artwork. My love for the masters taught me to transcend technique, and expand my vision of expression. Like painting playing piano is a catalyst to the sensual world. Both disciplines demand the five senses attention, as I relate; sound to color, passion to movement, and reaction to process.
The personal vs. universal truth is discovered in culture, realized in travel and developed in the necessary love that is free will. The world is an infinite canvas open and waiting. The complexities of illumination vs. exploration are rendered in strokes as I travel the globe. These unique people of our shared world resonate.
And my heart was captured by my third love... Painting for me is not an exercise in randomness but rather an endeavor to shine light. I am interested in things that are beautiful, aesthetic delights. During the creative process, I focus on the impact of experience; less interested in the aggregate truth. I rarely approach the canvas with a sense of direction, rather I understand illumination can exist over time, and the movements forward reveal my history. In my constant state of communication, complex textures emerge. Pursuit creates momentum and yields revelation. I appreciate the structure of time and celebrate disorder.
The living power of art is humanity. It arouses and confounds. Each canvas a magnetic pull to the beings, the forces of nature that shift perspectives and create new realities, for this journey I thank you. Witnessing the discovery of my work by another who feels my passion and desires to possess it, bathes me in moonlight. You are my friends, my collectors, my spheres of influence and I am honored.
To my muse, who afford me a glorious space in time. You are the angels I have encountered, and those yet to be revealed. I treasure the holistic relationship we share artist and muse. Inspiration comes to fruition. I hold this influence close.
-Jennifer Rae Ochs
Corporate Collection and Solo & Group Exhibition List
Corporate Collections, Selected Listing
Relax Spa and Beauty Lounge
Solo and Group Exhibitions, Selected Listing
Daegu University, Kyungbuk Design Center, "2013 International Exchange Exhibit", South Korea (2013)
Primavera Gallery, "Small Works Holiday Exhibit", Ojai, CA (2013)
Toluca Lake Art Show, Toluca Lake, CA (2013)
Beverly Hills artSHOW, Beverly Hills, CA (2013)
Summerlin Art Show, Las Vegas, NV (2013)
The Joneses LA, West Hollywood, CA (2013-Present)
BMW, Beverly Hills, CA (2013)
Gallery Bellarte, Seoul, South Korea (2013-Present)
Sejong Museum of Art,”Goodmorning GwaangHwa", Seoul, South Korea (2013)
Hancock University, “Hybrid Globalization", Long Beach, CA (2013)
Visual Arts Gallery, International Market Square, Minneapolis, MN (2012-Present)
Little Tokyo Galleria, Los Angeles, CA (2011)
Wildfire Studios, Los Angeles, CA (2011)
Visual Arts Gallery, International Market Square, Minneapolis, MN (2010)
Collector’s Circle Soiree’, Los Angeles, CA (2009)
Collector’s Circle Soiree’, Los Angeles, CA (2008)
M.J. Higgins Fine Art, “Celebrated Moments", Los Angeles, CA (2007)
LA Municipal Barnsdall Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2007)
Chase Mitchell Gallery, Santa Ana, CA (2006)
LA Weekly Detour Music Festival, Los Angeles, CA (2006)
Caltrans Plaza, “Autumn Lights”, Los Angeles, CA (2006)
Black Cat Gallery, Culver City, CA (2006)
BGH Gallery, Bergamot Station, "IForward", Santa Monica, CA (2005)
Sejong Museum of Art, "Today & Tomorrow", Seoul, South Korea (2005)
LALA Land Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2005)
BGH Gallery, Bergamot Station, "Emerging Intent", Santa Monica, CA (2004)