Jenny Sharaf

Jenny Sharaf is a multidisciplinary artist born in LA, living and working in San Francisco, CA. Her paintings, installations, murals, videos, and happenings celebrate process, and take cues from counterculture, feminism, and the history of abstraction. Sharaf’s saturated color palettes are referential to art history and pop culture. Her paintings stand-alone as vivid psychedelic paint pours swirling across large canvases or are applied directly to walls to create large immersive fields of color. She is best known for her large-scale, mural-like pour works on the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and on Market Street in San Francisco.

She also works at a smaller scale with paint pours falling over magazine images of the female nudes from the 1960’s and 70’s to explore the history behind California’s female mystique. Pours are also applied to grand landscape images provoking a sense of nostalgia for a California; deepening and bringing light to what being a California artist means. Sharaf’s process is very intuitive and goes back and forth between digital and analog, connecting in formal and conceptual ways. Sharaf’s work aims to make art and art environments that are simultaneously nuanced, accessible, and transcendent.

Sharaf also has a strong curatorial practice, focusing around community engagement and promoting the arts in San Francisco.  In 2016 Jenny founded The Lab’s 24-Hour Telethon, raising funds to save the avant-garde art program in the Mission.  Most recently, she developed an exhibition for Creativity Explored that explores abstraction and collaboration.  She is the founder and director of Parking Lot Art Fair, San Francisco’s rogue art happening and continues to produce art events in the Bay Area and beyond.

Sharaf earned her MFA from Mills College. Her work is in the permanent collections of Ace Hotel, Google, Rachel Zoe Inc, Capital One, Yoko Ono and more. She is currently working on some exciting fashion brand collaborations to-be-announced-soon and preparing for large-scale public wall paintings. Follow Jenny Sharaf’s work @jennysharaf and @eleanorharwoodgallery

 

Curriculum Vitae

JENNY SHARAF
B. 1985 Los Angeles
Currently working in San Francisco, CA.

Education
MFA, Mills College, Oakland, CA 2013
BFA, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii 2009
In the collections of Capital One, Bang & Olufsen, Google, Yoko Ono and Rachel Zoe Inc.

EXHIBITIONS:

SOLO / TWO-PERSON

2017

Pre-Fall, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA
*New Mural in TOKYO alongside ESPO* COMING SOON
Printed Wallpaper for Lobby and Outdoor Installations  | Drake Hotel | Toronto, Canada

2016

Mural and Pop-Up Exhibition | Freda Salvador Flagship Store | San Francisco, CA
Jean on Jean (with Amber Jean Young) | The Ace Hotel & Swim Club| Palm Springs, CA
Live Projection Performance with KOAK | Fort Mason | San Francisco, CA
Installation and Art Direction for La Pac Summer Soire | La Pac HQ| Paris, France
CA Girl in Tokyo| Portal Point | Tokyo, Japan
New Paintings @ The Shipping Container Project | Parking Lot Art Fair | San Francisco, CA
Mural and Installations for Desert Gold & Coachella Events | The Ace Hotel & Swim Club| Palm Springs, CA
Site-Specific Triptych for Google | Google HQ | San Francisco, CA
Installation with Charles de Lisle and Cultured Magazine | FOG Art & Design | San Francisco, CA
Site-Specific Mural and Installation | Capital One SF Offices | San Francisco, CA

2015

Mural on Market Street | San Francisco, CA
New Work by Jenny Sharaf | Luggage Store Gallery | San Francisco, CA
For Your Love: A Solo Show | TW Fine Art | Brisbane, Australia

2014

Two-Person Exhibit with Alicia McCarthy | Johansson Projects | Oakland, CA
Daughters of the Summer with Gina Tuzzi | Truesilver Gallery | San Francisco, CA
Designed Identity | CES Contemporary | Los Angeles, CA

2013

Femme-Gestures: New Paintings | Henry Hudson Studios | Hudson, NY
Blonde Ambition: A Solo Show | Backstock Gallery | Oakland, CA

 

GROUP

2017

2nd Annual Art Show for SF Skate Club | Luggage Store Gallery |San Francisco, CA
What’s Your Name / Who’s Your Daddy? | The Ace Hotel & Swim Club| Palm Springs, CA
Women’s Day Fundraiser for Oasis Girls | Three Eight |San Francisco, CA
Spectral Hues | Palo Alto Art Center|Palo Alto, CA

 

2016

Luggage Store & Adobe Books Annual Auction | Luggage Store Gallery |San Francisco, CA
Her Room | Junior High Gallery | Los Angeles, CA
I Look For Clues in Your Dreams curated by Heather Marx|Berkeley Art Center | Berkeley, CA
Between The Lines curated by Rom Levy | The Mine Gallery | Al Quoz District, Dubai
Local II: A Group Show | Mirus Gallery|San Francisco, CA
Welcome to the Left Coast curated by Andres Guerrero and Matt Gonzalez| Luggage Store Gallery | San Francisco, CA
Hawaii Swim 5.0 | New Image Art Gallery | Los Angeles, CA
springsummer | The Battery | San Francisco, CA
Locals Only Show | RVCA | San Francisco, CA
Going Green | Rule Gallery | Denver, CO
Miscellaneous Press Edition Launch | Art Bandini Art Fair & LAABF | Los Angeles, CA

2015

Barry McGee L. Quan Healing Arts Centre | Ratio 3 | San Francisco, CA
Gatherings and Conversations | Guerrero Gallery | San Francisco, CA
Tomorrow | Hashimoto Gallery | San Francisco, CA
Art Night SF | UN Plaza | San Francisco, CA
Babe Decor ‘as part of the Triennial’ | New Museum | New York, NY
The 4%s | Fecal Face Dot Gallery | San Francisco, CA
Coasting | Gerson Zevi Gallery | Hamptons, NY
On Silent Haunches | Fecal Face Dot Gallery | San Francisco, CA
Swim 1 | New Image Art Gallery | Los Angeles, CA
Younger Than George | George Lawson Gallery | San Francisco, CA
Bitch, Please | N.B.D. Projetcts | San Francisco, CA
Parking Lot Art Fair | Fort Mason | San Francisco, CA
Super Contemporary | Creativity Explored | San Francisco, CA
The Duck Show | Minotaur Projects | Los Angeles, CA
Unicef Fundraiser | Tappan Collective | Los Angeles, CA
Group Show | Left Field | San Luis Obispo, CA
SOEX Annual Auction | Southern Exposure | San Francisco, CA
Art Auction to Benefit Artists curated by Matt Gonzales | Incline Gallery | San Francisco, CA
Tappan Collective Pop-up | SOHO House | Los Angeles, CA\

2014

Herradura Barrel Pop-Up | Public Works | San Francisco, CA
Coach Art Non-Profit | Adler and Co. Gallery | San Francisco, CA
Anniversary Show | Backstock Gallery | Oakland, CA
Burst | CES Contemporary | Los Angeles, CA
Mas Attack | Studio 17 | San Francisco, CA

2013

This Will Never Work | Southern Exposure | San Francisco, CA
Image Search | Google Headquarters | Mountain View, CA
Holiday Pop-Up | Park Life | San Francisco, CA
Absolut Open Canvas | Divisadero St. | San Francisco, CA
Surface | CES Contemporary | Laguna Beach, CA
Future Tense | CES Contemporary | Laguna Beach, CA
MFA THESIS SHOW | Mills College Art Museum | Oakland, CA
Art Auction to Benefit The Artists | Incline Gallery | San Francisco, CA Free Gallery | Pro Arts Gallery | Oakland, CA

2012

An Art Auction | MacArthur B Arthur | Oakland, CA
Film and Video Screenings | The Lab | San Francisco, CA
Spookfest Film Festival with Mike Kuchar
A.T.O. (A Temporary Offering) | San Francisco, CA
Beauty Curated by Glen Helfand and Katrina Traywick | Berkeley Art Center | Berkeley, CA
Rio Grande Installation | A.T.O. (A Temporary Offering) | San Francisco, CA
Fortnight | Royal Nonesuch Gallery | Oakland, CA

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2017

Public Art Tour | Rincon Hill Distrcit | San Francisco, CA

2016

Founded Art Night SF | UN Plaza | San Francisco, CA
Parking Lot Art Fair – Year | 2 Fort Mason | San Francisco, CA

2015

Art Night SF | UN Plaza | San Francisco, CA
Bitch, Please | N.B.D. Projects | San Francisco, CA
Super Contemporary | Creativity Explored | San Francisco, CA
Parking Lot Art Fair (P.L.A.F.) | San Francisco, CA
The Psychedelia Show | Alter Space | San Francisco, CA *AUGUST*

2014

Touch The Screen: A Digital Art Exhibition | Depict | San Francisco, CA
24-Hour Telethon |  The Lab | San Francisco, CA
#InternetFlirt Online Exhibit | NewHive.com | San Francisco, CA
Way Out West  |  Art City Project | San Francisco, CA
New New New Abstraction | Toomey Tourell Fine Arts | San Francisco, CA
Mega Pop-Up & Salon | Kiip Offices | San Francisco, CA

2013

Image Search | Google Headquarters | Mountain View, CA
Femmescapes | The Niles Residence | San Francisco, CA