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BIOGRAPHY

Wes Hempel
(born: El Monte, California, 1953)

EDUCATION:

M.A., 1988 University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
B.A., 1985 California State University, Northridge, California

AWARDS:

2002 - Creative Fellowship in Painting, Colorado Council on the Arts
1992 - Creative Fellowship in Literature, Colorado Council on the Arts

PUBLIC & CORPORATE COLLECTIONS:

- Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
- New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
- Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York
- Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia
- Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, NY
- Federal Reserve Bank, Kansas City, Missouri

- Microsoft Corporation, Seattle, Washington
- Styskal, Wiese & Melchione, Los Angeles, California
- Hyatt Regency Hotel, Denver, Colorado
- Borgen Investment Group, Inc., Denver, Colorado
- First Western Trust Bank, Denver, Colorado

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017- Wes Hempel -- George Billis Gallery, Culver City - Los Angeles, CA (January, 2017)
2016- Wes Hempel -- LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico (April-May, 2016)
2016- Wes Hempel -- Etherton Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
2014- Wes Hempel -- George Billis Gallery, New York, NY  
2014- Wes Hempel -- George Billis Gallery, Culver City - Los Angeles, CA
2012- Wes Hempel -- George Billis Gallery, Culver City - Los Angeles, CA
2011- "Tacit Turns," Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2011- Wes Hempel -- LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2009- "Tied to the Past," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA., and New York, NY
2009- Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2006- "Injury and Desire," Jenkins Johnson Gallery. New York, New York
2005- "Landscape Fragments," Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2005-"Collaborative and New Work," Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2004- "Revised Endings," Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, California.
2003- "Plot Twists," Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2001- "Fictional Accounts," Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado

2000- "The Canceled Field Trip," Claire Oliver Fine Art, Philadelphia, Pa.
1998- "Wes Hempel, Paintings - The First Seven Years," University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, Wyo.; Susan Moldenhauer, Curator
1998- Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado
1997- "The Marriage of Fiction and History," Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado
1995- Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado
1993- Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado
1991- Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:


2015 -

Summer Group Exhibition, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY

2014 -

"RESONATING IMAGES III: THE CONTEMPORARY NARRATIVE EXPLORING THE FRONTIERS OF THE REPRESENTATIONAL," The William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA.
"COLLECT: THE ART OF COLORADO CORPORATIONS," Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO.

2013 -

"CHANGING PERCEPTIONS OF THE WESTERN LANDSCAPE," Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, Albuquerque, NM.

2010 -

"LOVELINES," RedLine Arts Center, Denver, CO.
"ARMORY SHOW," (Jenkins Johnson Gallery), New York
"TWENTY TEN," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco
"SUMMERTIME," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York & San Francisco

2009 -

"SUMMERTIME," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York & San Francisco
"ART MIAMI," (Jenkins Johnson Gallery), Miami, Florida
"HORIZONS," LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
"CONVERSATIONS," LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
"WINTER HAIKU," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York

2008 -

"FOCUS: THE FIGURE," Permanent Collection Galleries, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO.
"THE FIGURE TODAY," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York & San Francisco
"DIALOG CITY: DENVER," Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO.
"CELEBRATE SUMMER," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York & San Francisco
"BEYOND REPRESENTATION," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco
"THE ANNIVERSARY SHOW," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco
"GRAND OPENING EXHIBITION," Federal Reserve Bank, Kansas City, MO
"L.A. ARTFAIR," (LewAllen Contemporary), Santa Monica, CA
"WINTER SELECTIONS," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York

2007-

"BLUE," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, New York.
"WINTER HAIKU," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francsico, California.
"REALationships: WORKS OF SURREAL INSPIRATION," Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado. (Curated by Michael Chavez)
"30th ANNIVERSARY SHOW," Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado.z
"Los Angeles Art Fair," Los Angeles, California. (LewAllen Contemporary)

2006-

"Realism Invitational," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, New York
"Decades of Influence," Museum of Contemporary Art, and Center for Visual Arts, Denver, Colorado

2005-
"A Tribute to J.B. Harter," Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (catalog)
"Seventh Annual Realism Invitational," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco (catalog)
"SMALL WORKS," LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
"Art in Colorado," Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado
"Innaugural Exhibition," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York

2004-
"Yarns," Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado.
"Allure," Leslie Lohman Foundation, New York, New York.
"Sixth Annual Realism Invitational," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco (catalog)
"Contemporary Drawing," Eisentrager / Howard Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.

2003 -
"Summer Group Exhibition," Tatistcheff Gallery, New York
San Francisco International Art Exposition (Jenkins Johnson Gallery), San Francisco
"Magic Realism: A New Generation," Sangre De Christo Art Center, Pueblo, Colorado
"ConTEXT: Art & Words," Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, Colorado
"Fifth Annual Realism Invitational," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco (catalog)

2002 -
San Francisco International Art Exposition (Jenkins Johnson Gallery), San Francisco
"Gallery Artists," Lizardi Harp Gallery, Los Angeles, California
"Fourth Annual Realism Invitational," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco (catalog)
"Colorado Excellence in the Arts," Republic Plaza, Denver, Colorado
"Reality Check: Contemporary Figurative Paintings by Wes Hempel. Enjeong Noh, and Ruprecht von Kaufmann," Davidson Gallery, Seattle, Washington
"Solace," Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado
"Small Works," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, California
"Winter Group Show," Davidson Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2001 -
"Re-presenting Representation" The Corning Gallery, New York, New York
"Art Miami," (Claire Oliver Fine Art) Miami, Florida
"Third Annual Realism Invitational," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, (catalog)
"The Solitary Figure," Davidson Gallery, Seattle, Washington
"The Dream Mill," Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, Colorado
"The Male Vision: Wes Hempel, Gerard Huber, Wade Reynolds," Lizardi/Harp Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2000 -
"Art Miami," (Claire Oliver Fine Art) Miami, Florida (catalog)
"Together/Working," Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
"The Male Form in Contemporary Art," Hollywood Art Center, Hollywood, Florida
"Thinking Outside the Box," Claire Oliver Fine Art, Philadelphia, Pa.
"Dallas International Art Fair," (Claire Oliver Fine Art) Dallas, Texas

1999 -
"Art Miami," (Claire Oliver Fine Art) Miami, Florida (catalog)
"Art Palm Beach," (Claire Oliver Fine Art) Palm Beach, Florida
"Boston International Fine Art Show," (Claire Oliver Fine Art), Boston, Mass.
"Corporate Collections '99," Republic Plaza, Denver, Colorado
"Real to Surreal," Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, Colorado
"Re-presenting Representation IV," Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York

1998 -

"On the Occasion of Dreams," Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado
"New Acquisitions," Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia
"Grand Opening Exhibition," Claire Oliver Fine Art, Philadelphia, Pa.
"Paradise Lost: Evolving Visions of the Colorado Landscape," Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs, Co.; Frances Chavez, Curator

1997 -
"Private Worlds: 200 Years of American Still Life Painting," Aspen Art Museum Aspen, Colo.; Julia Augur and Ann Daley, Curators (Catalog)
"Art Fair, Seattle," (Robischon Gallery) Seattle, Washington

1995 -
"11th Annual Invitational Exhibition," Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Wash.

1994 -
"Focus on Colorado/The Front Range: Wes Hempel, Jack Balas and Scott Chamberlin," Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado
"You Call That Art?" One West Art Center, Fort Collins, Colorado
"Caste of Stone," Boulder Public Library, Boulder, Colorado
"Art Fair, Seattle," (Robischon Gallery) Seattle, Washington

1993 -
"Boulder Flow," Sibell-Wolle Gallery, University of Colorado, Boulder
"2 Much," UMC Gallery, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
"Holy Wars," Arte Vitale Gallery, Denver, Colorado

1991 -
"Small Sculpture," Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado

1990 -
"Small Sculpture," Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado
"The Right to View," Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado

1988 -
"Objects and Place," Sibell-Wolle Gallery, University of Colorado, Boulder

1987 -
"Boxes/Books," River Art Works, Denver, Colorado

 

PUBLICATIONS:

2014 - Wes Hempel, Re-envisioning Art History; American Art Collector, November
2012 - Gorgeous Gallery: The Best in Gay Erotic Art. by David Leddick, Bruno Gmunder, Berlin. pp. 32-35.
2009 - Powerfully Beautiful: Classically Inspired Living Painters of the Male Figure (Volume 1), Firehouse Studio Publishing
2008- American Art Collector, August. "Season of Abundance," by John O"hern.
2008- The Nude Male: 21st Century Visions, David Leddick, Universe Publishing / Rizzoli, p. 102
2008 - Elements of Literature, Fourth Course (high school textbook), Holt, Rinehart & Winston
2008 - Menninger Perspective Medical Journal
2006- American Art Collector, September. (Artist's Profile)
2005- Southwest Art, October. "Personal Mythologies: Wes Hempel's Narrative Paintings Reveal Revisionist Cultural Views with a Purposeful Ambiguity." By Devon Jackson. pp. 132-135, 201.
2005- Pleides Literary Journal, Vol 25, No 2 (cover)
2003- XY Magazine #41 San Diego, California. "No Worry is Necessary on Your Part: Paintings by Wes Hempel," (portfolio) pp. 19-25.
2003- Blue #47 (November), Studio Magazines, Sydney, Australia. "Modern History," (portfolio of paintings) pp. 60-67
2002- Great American Writers of the Twentieth Century, Vol 7, Marshall Cavendish Publishers
2001- Dialogos con Leuco, Cesare Pavese, Tusquets Editores, Barcelona, Spain, cover
2001- Male Nude Now, David Leddick, Universe Publishing/Rizzoli, pp. 62-63
2000- Naked Men Too, David Leddick, Universe Publishing/ Rizzoli, pp. 134-135
2000-New American Paintings #30 (November), The Open Studios Press, Wellesley, Mass., Michael Lash, Director of Public Arts, City of  Chicago, Curator. pp.98-101(portfolio of paintings)
1999 - The Humanist Tendency, Claire Oliver Fine Art
1999- Re-presenting Representation, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York
1997 - New American Paintings #12 (October), The Open Studios Press, Wellesley, Mass., Jeffrey Weiss, Dept. of 20th Century Art, National Gallery of Art Washington D.C., Curator. pp. 26-27 (Portfolio of Paintings)


SELECTED EXHIBITION REVIEWS:

 

2016 - "Past As Prologue," by Margaret Regan; Tucson Weekly, February 18, 2016, p. 18.
2016 - "Palette of Talent: Gallerist George Billis has an Eye for Spotting the Next Big Artists," by David Masello; CBS Watch Magazine, October 2016, p. 102
2015 - "El Pintor Californiano Wes Hempel," by Omar Gomez Gutierrez. Milenio (Grupos Multimedios Mexico City )(Mexico), August 7, 2015
2014 - "Anzugtrager in Der Wuste: Wes Hempel Pfeift Auf Gewohnheiten," by Felix Just, Mate Magazine (Berlin) Winter, 2014
2014 - "Wes Hempel and an Open Art History," by Jeffrey Carlson. Fine Art Today (online). February 2014
2014 - "Wes Hempel at George Billis Gallery," by Stephanie Buhmann. The Villager Newspaper (New York City). October 2, 2014.
2014 - "Wes Hempel at George Billis Gallery." Best Gay New York (New York City). July 30, 2014
2014 - "Wes Hempel Has Something For Everyone," by Benjamin Lindsay. Next Magazine (New York City), Sept. 26, 2014
2014 - "Wes Hempel Chelsea North." Time Out New York. (New York City). September 18, 2014.
2014 - "Wes Hempel New Paintings." The Art Voice (Los Angeles). January 31, 2014
2013 - "Art Scene Full of Wonderful Things," by Wesley Pulkka, Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico) Dec 29, 2013 (image)
2012 - "Homoerotic Art Meets Fine Art in Gorgeous Gallery," by Daniel Villanueva, Outword Magazine, Sacramento, CA.
2011 - "Revisioning Art History," by Kate McGraw; Albuquerque Journal / Venue (New Mexico) April 1, 2011
2011 - "Pintura Wes Hempel," Gay Files de Luis, Wordpress.com, December 8, 2011
2010 - "Conversations at LewAllen Galleries" by Harmony Hammond, Albuquerque Journal, (New Mexico) Jan 1, 2010
2006 - "
The New Male Gaze: Artists Wes Hempel and Jack Balas Revisit the Male Figure," by Rafael Risemberg THE NEW YORK BLADE. Sep. 18, 2006
2005 - "Teamworks," by Mary Voelz Chandler, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS (Denver). October 5, 2005. p. 10D.
2005 - "Changing Scenes," by Michael Paglia, WESTWORD (Denver). Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2005. p. 56.

Shannon, Mark: "'Objects & Place' at Sibell-Wolle," Colorado Daily (Boulder, CO) 3-4-88
Clegg, Nancy: "Pay Per View," Westword (Denver), Vol. 13, No.24, 2-24-90
Frank, Patrick: "The Right to View," New Art Examiner, Vol.17, No.8, April 1990
Zalkind, Simon: "Jack Balas & Wes Hempel at Robischon Gallery," Icon (Denver) Oct 91
Dickenson, Carol: "Frame-by-Frame," Rocky Mountain News (Denver), 9-27-91
Art Now Gallery Guide: "Wes Hempel at Robischon Gallery," Sept 1993
Rosen, Steven: "Critics' Choice," The Denver Post 9-26-93
Chandler, Mary Voelz: "Write Your Own Story to Go with These Pieces," Rocky Mountain News (Denver), 9-26-93
Hill, Hart: "Text and Texture," Westword (Denver). 10-6-93
Mason, Marilynne: "Not Quite on the Map: Magic & Art," Colorado Expression (Denver) Vol.3, No.1, Winter, 1993
Mason, Marilynne: "The Language of Memories &Dreams," The Christian Science Monitor, 1-6-94
Hayden, Niki: "Stone Temple," Daily Camera (Boulder, Colorado), 5-27-94
Jenkins, Loren: "Rediscovering Surrealism," The Aspen Times Gazette, (Aspen), Winter 1994-95
"Art Comes Alive in Museum's Winter Season," Artifacts (Aspen), Vol.1, No.2, Winter 1994-95
"Front Range Artists Featured in New Show at Art Museum," The Aspen Times, 11-17-94
"Focus on Colorado:The Front Range," Aspen Daily News, 11-17-94
Wilson, Jane: "Front Range Surrealism; New Aspen Art Museum Updates Dali and DiChirico,"The Aspen Times, Nov. 19-20, 1994
Paglia, Michael: "Double Your Pleasure," Westword (Denver), 4-5-95
Chandler, Mary Voelz: "A Magical Mystery Tour," Rocky Mountain News (Denver) 4-4-97
Paglia, Michael: "Facts and Fantasies," Westword (Denver), 4-24-97
Miller, Joe: "Report From Colorado: Looking to the Future," Art in America, May 1998
Paglia, Michael: "Rebels With Causes," Westword (Denver), 6-11-98
Paglia, Michael: "View Masters," Westword (Denver), 10-15-98
Watson, Donna: "Creativity from the Inside Out," The Artist's Magazine, Dec 1999
Paglia, Michael: "Altering Currents," Westword (Denver), 1-13-2000
Adams, Bob: "From Poet to Painter," Philadelphia Gay News, Feb 18-24, 2000
Chandler, Mary Voelz: "Something Serious," Rocky Mountain News (Denver), 10-8-2001
Paglia, Michael: "Go Figure," Westword (Denver), 10-11-2001
Langer, Sara: "Wes Hempel at Robischon Gallery," Eye Level, Issue #2, March 2002
Black, Noel, Colorado Springs Independent, Vol.11 No. 3, Jan 16-22, 2003
MacMillan, Kyle: "Fantastical Visions," Denver Post, Mar 11, 2003
Chandler, Mary Voelz: "Every Painting Tells a Story," Rocky Mountain News (Denver), Mar 14, 2003
Paglia, Michael: "Different Realities," Westword (Denver), Apr 10, 2003