Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer McNulty.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My artistic career is diverse from a successful career in illustration, photography, traditional tiled mosaics and now 3D Photo Mosaics which began in 2011. In 2013, I pursued galleries to exhibit my work and within two months had exhibited in 2 Chicago galleries, including Morpho Gallery where I was selected for their “Best Of Emerging Artists 2013” exhibition. “John Lennon: Peace” was selected for a national traveling exhibit for the “Peace Project” and was published in their coffee table book in 2013. In addition, I have had ten solo exhibitions & has shown widely in juried group exhibitions, including Rockford Art Museum’s 73rd Midwestern Biennial, Bridgeport Art Center’s 2nd Annual Juried Art Competition & Woman Made Gallery’s 18th International Open. I was also selected by Oak Park Education Foundation to teach in their Art Start Program every year since 2014. In 2015, I was interviewed on VOP-TV about my career & artistic process, which aired June 2015. In addition, I have exhibited in over 30 local, regional and international exhibitions from 2013-2018.
After graduating from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana in 1991, with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising & minor in Art History, I continued my post-graduate journey to the Minneapolis College of Art & Design for illustration. In 1992, I moved back to Chicago and began to show my work. My illustrations were published in over 30 national & independent publications, such as Crane’s Chicago Business, L.A. Reader, Austin Chronicle & San Francisco Bay Guardian. In the mid-’90s, I began working in advertising as an Art Buyer at prestigious Chicago agencies. In 1999, I moved to London, England, where my interest in mosaics was born. I was inspired to research the process and soon began merging my illustration background with mosaic tiles, all on antique pieces found on the Portobello Road in London.
After moving back to Chicago in 2002, I continued with my mosaic work as well as exploring photography. In 2008, I worked with acclaimed photographer Liz Chilsen as her project manager. This relationship deepened my knowledge of photography and has enhanced the artist that I am today. I now divide much of my time between my family and working in my art studio. I currently reside in Oak Park, Illinois, where the bulk of my work is in commissions for my 3D Photo Mosaic pieces.
Please tell us about your art.
My work explores the dichotomous relationship between perception and reality in both subject matter and presentation. I refer to my recent works as 3D Photo Mosaics, which were born from my love of genealogy paired with my interest in pop culture and history. These works combine the graphic beauty of photography with the sculptural quality of tiled mosaics. This marriage of methods give the art depth and engages the viewer by requiring them to get up close to see the small detailed photos and then step back to observe the compound image that is formed. Every piece carries a positive social message including trailblazers, activists, and influential people in the fields of women’s rights, LGBT activism, civil rights, science, culture & arts, entertainment, Chicago’s history and beyond. Each individual image among hundreds in a single piece is thoroughly researched for accuracy and relevance to the overall subject.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
The best advice I can give to any artist from the young and starting out to the veteran who has exhibited extensively is to go to as many gallery openings as you can. You’ll meet other artists who are in various stages of their process and are usually very open to talking with other artists about their works. I would also suggest volunteering at a gallery or co-op so you can get to know the people who buy art, see how a gallery is run, etc.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Some of my recent works are for sale and on display at Fortunate Discoveries On Armitage in Lincoln Park. I also exhibit regularly at the Oak Park Art League and around the Chicago area. In addition, I have an Etsy page, titled JenMcNultyFineArts. I am also available, by appointment, to show my works out of my studio.
- Website: www.jenmcnulty.com
- Phone: 773-879-6890
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: mcnulty69
- Facebook: Jen McNulty Fine Arts