My lifelong passion for and activism in environmental issues has informed my work for 14 years. In my current body of mixed media, sculptural paintings and sculptures and wall-based installations, I explore the complicated human relationship with nature and the wild. I’m seeking to depict the simultaneous reverence for and destruction of the wilderness through mixed media pieces that contrast abstraction with representation, and juxtapose two- and three-dimensional surfaces as an expression of our fluctuating responses to the natural world.
Jennifer Celio is a native of Southern California who loves Long Beach. Jennifer received a B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting from California State University, Fullerton in 1996. She was raised in the suburbs of L.A. and now lives and works in Long Beach, CA. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Cristinerose Gallery and Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts in New York City, Haphazard Gallery and the Creative Artists’ Agency in Los Angeles, CA, romo gallery in Atlanta, GA, Bandini Art in Culver City, CA, California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA, Moorpark College in Moorpark, CA, and Phantom Galleries in Long Beach, CA. Her drawings represented the Southern California region in a 2015 biennial at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. Her work has also been included in exhibits in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta and Houston; and Berlin, Johannesburg, Stockholm, Mexico, Colombia, and Canada; and in other museum exhibits in San Francisco, CA, Long Beach, CA, Laguna Beach, CA, and Indianapolis, IN.
She is the recipient of individual artist grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2012), The City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellowship (2014), The Center for Cultural Innovation’s Artist’s Resources for Completion grant (2012), a nominee for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s (NY, NY) L.A. Art Grant Initiative (2013), the City of Long Beach, CA, Professional Artist Grant (2010), and the Hoff Foundation (2008). She was awarded a residency at Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY) in 2014 and was the Artist-In-Residence at the Long Beach Museum of Art in May 2016. Her artwork has received critical review in such publications as The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Art Papers, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Art Ltd. Magazine, Artillery Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, Beautiful/Decay, The Huffington Post, Flavorpill, New American Paintings (2003,) The Orange County Register, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.