Jessie Edelman







Born 1986 in Milwaukee, WI. Lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Jessie Edelman’s paintings generate layers of fictional spaces which may be film screens, paintings, photos, or distant vistas that often include a human subject in the foreground witnessing the scene alongside the viewer. The exuberance of colors and elegance of Edelman’s brushwork are echoed by the timeless Mediterranean-esque locations boasting views from poolside of a villa on a bluff or opulently decorated seaside terraces. Late 19th century and early 20th century artists such as Cézanne, Degas, and Rothko have stylistically influenced her work. She is equally informed by the development of visual culture that occurred in this period and is ongoing today.

Jessie Edelman received an MFA from Yale School of Art and a BA from Skidmore College. Recent solo and duo exhibitions include: Invitations at Andrew Rafacz Gallery (Chicago, IL), Getaway  at Denny Gallery (New York, NY), Golden Hour at Andrew Rafacz Gallery (Chicago, IL), Muse at Denny Gallery (New York, NY), Jessie Edelman and David Humphrey, The Suburban (Milwaukee, WI), Day Gazers, Robert Blumenthal Gallery (New York, NY). Notable group exhibitions include: Wish You Were Here at Andrew Rafacz Gallery (Chicago, IL), On the Map at Denny Gallery (Hong Kong), As Worlds Colliding at Dirimart (Istanbul, Turkey), Avoir Une Peur Bleue at the Bahamas Biennale (Detroit, MI), The Landscape Changes 30 Times Anahita Art Gallery (Tehran, Iran), and PRTY PPL at Circuit 12 Contemporary (Dallas, TX). Edelman’s most recent solo exhibition with Denny Gallery, Getaway (2022) was reviewed by Roberta Smith in The New York Times. Edelman’s work has also been reviewed and featured in BOMB, The Art Newspaper, i-D Magazine, Vice, Brooklyn Magazine, Artnet News, and Vogue. Jessie Edelman is represented by Denny Gallery (New York) and Andrew Rafacz (Chicago).

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June 07, 2023 Art Fairs, Artists, Events, Press

Jessie Edelman: Frieze and Kiaf to Return to Seoul with Even More Galleries

Newcomers include New York’s Denny Gallery, who will present work by emerging painter Jessie Edelman.

Read on Ocula.

February 21, 2022 Events, Press

Jessie Edelman Interviewed by Sara Roffino for BOMB

Creating Worlds: Paintings that aim to facilitate daydreams.

Read on BOMB.

January 27, 2022 Press

Jessie Edelman Reviewed in The New York Times

Want to see new art this weekend? Start in TriBeCa with Jessie Edelman’s lush, patterned paintings.

January 04, 2022 Press

Jessie Edelman: Getaway featured in Artnet Editors’ Picks

Editors’ Picks: 9 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From Etel Adnan’s Final Paintings to Surrealist Art From Beyond Europe

Read on artnet.

January 21, 2019 Press

Dealers cash in on San Francisco’s wealth of museums

The Bay Area collector base may be known for its tech-mined millions but institutions fuelled sales at the growing West Coast fairs.

January 18, 2019 Press

FOG and Untitled Fairs Bring Out Dealers, Collectors in San Francisco

As San Francisco weathered two very minor earthquakes and braced against voracious rain, two art fairs in the city went about their business of opening with nothing but signs of positivity in sight.

Read on ARTnews.

November 02, 2018 Press

Muse Catalog Available Now

Exhibition catalog for Jessie Edelman, “Muse,” an exhibition at Denny Dimin Gallery, New York City, October 17th – November 25th, 2018.

October 16, 2018 Press

Five Must-See Shows at the Inaugural Lower East Side Art Week

The LES Art Week debut spans twenty-four galleries around Manhattan’s increasingly trendy and gallery-filled Lower East Side—and takes female artists as its “theme”. From sinister rainbows to potent femininity, Emily Gosling selects five of the highlights.

Read on Elephant.

January 17, 2017 Press

Jessie Edelman Interviewed in WORK IN PROGRESS

The artists showcased in this issue are all critically engaged with challenging and evolving painting’s history both as a material and in terms of subject matter and representation.  As a result, this issue allows for an exploration into a sampling of questions, issues, and ideas currently circulating among these artists working today.

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October 04, 2016 Press

Jessie Edelman featured in Brooklyn Magazine

Edelman imagines the work in Stills from “The End of Summer”, her solo show open through October 16 at Denny Gallery, as snapshots from a film she might direct.

September 09, 2016 Press

Interview with Jessie Edelman in Artnet News

Stepping into Jessie Edelman’s Brooklyn studio is like being transported to a different era. Her paintings hanging and leaning against the walls depict contemplative figures gazing into landscapes, reflecting an exciting contemporary interpretation of 19th and 20th century painting.

Read on artnet news.

September 09, 2016 Press

Jessie Edelman in Vogue’s Fall Art Guide

Labor Day is near, and another summer is fleeting. But the plethora of art shows to see this fall more than makes up for that. Here are a dozen of them I plan to see, along with some new artists I’m keeping an eye on…

Read on Vogue.

September 06, 2016 Press

Jessie Edelman is one of “The Best Art Openings” in Brooklyn Magazine

Babes in trunks and bikinis, long gazes, and luxurious Mediterranean vistas: Fort Greene-based artist Jessie Edelman’s sweetly expansive paintings in Stills from “The End of Summer” at Denny Gallery are the ideal way to ignore hurricane season. If Vogue says you should go (and they do), you should definitely go. Plus I say you should go. So go.


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