Max Jansons was born in New York City in 1974 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He received an MFA from Columbia University, New York and his BFA from University of California at Los Angeles. Jansons has had fourteen solo shows and has exhibited in galleries in the US and abroad. He has been reviewed in The LA Times, The New York Times, Artforum, and was named among other important LA based painters in Christopher Knights list of "45 Painters Under 45” in the Los Angeles Times.
Max Jansons work focuses on paintings’ ability to engage the viewer in an intimate way and create an unfolding and thoughtful visual experience. In his work he utilizes various subject matter, often within the same body of paintings, using both representational and abstract images. Jansons has expanded on an ongoing investigation in the tradition of still-life painting while imbuing his paintings with art historical references. His works can include a vase of flowers, a portrait of a person he admires, landcapes, or abstract shapes and visual objects that play a role in his daily life. The history of painting is folded into the subject of Jansons work as he is a passionate student of art history. Jansons explores that relationship in multiple ways, but especially with the use of his painterly gestures and diverse brush work, timeless materials such as linen primed with lead, paints ground in aged oil and pigments whose sources are rare to find. The process of reinvigorating historical tropes by utilizing a very deft facture of expressionist painting and the celebration of complex color combinations is a central theme to Jansons work.
1998 Columbia University, New York, MFA
1996 University of California at Los Angeles, BFA
2019 Max Jansons, Desire, Rebecca Camacho Presents, San Francisco, CA, Aug.-Sep.
2018 Max Jansons, Animal Style, There-There, Los Angeles, CA, Sep.-Oct.
2018 Ettore Sottsass and Max Jansons, La Dolce Vita, Galerie Lefebvre et Fils, Paris, France Apr.- May
2016/2017 Max Jansons, Seven Samurai, 5 Car Garage, Santa Monica, CA, Nov.-Jan.
2015 Max Jansons, Farm to Table, Grice Bench, Los Angeles, CA, Sept-Oct.
2014 Max Jansons, Freedom, Ocean Park Studio, Santa Monica CA May-June.
2013 Max Jansons, Ocean Park, Ocean Park Studio, Santa Monica Ca April-May.
2011 Max Jansons, Freewheelin’, James Graham, New York, NY September--October
2010 Max Jansons, Love, James Graham & Sons, New York, NY June-Aug
2008 Max Jansons, Pleasure, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA Sept. –Oct..
2007 Max Jansons, Field Notes, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA March-April.
2006 Max Jansons: Paintings, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, April – May.
2005 Max Jansons: Paintings, Wooster Arts Space, New York, NY, May – June.
2004 Max Jansons: Recent Drawings, Wooster Arts Space, New York, NY, Nov – Jan.
2022 Character: Mothflower - mothflower.com (online)
2020 (Nothing but) Flowers, KARMA, New York, NY
2020 INSIDE.OUT UPSIDE.DOWN COSMIC.SPACE, Rebecca Camacho Presents, San
2017 In Order of Appearance, curated by Dylan Palmer, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2016 Synesthesia, 5 Car Garage, Santa Monica, CA April-June
2015 And There Is An End 2, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
2015 And There Is An End, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA
2013 Woods: Lovely, Dark, and Deep, DC Moore Gallery, New York City, curated by John
2012 Baker’s Dozen, Torrance Art Museum, curated by Lisa Milandri
2010 Gallery Group Show, James Graham & Sons, New York
2010 Christopher Grimes Gallery at the Pacific Design Center, Pacific Design Center, Hollywood, CA
2009 Abstractionists Unite! Who Give You Just Enough to Last a Lifetime, curated by Nancy Chaikin, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA
2006 Christopher Grimes Gallery at Art Forum, Art Forum Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2000 Far Out, View Room Exhibitions, New York, NY., Curated by Joseph Roeder.
1998 Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Columbia University, New York, NY.
1996 Some Dumb Fun, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, curated by David Pagel.
1996 26 Positions, Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Gallery, New York, NY.
2020 Smith, Roberta, “A Bouquet of Art Group Shows Near Houston Street”, New York Times, August 13.
2019 Desmarais, Charles, "Datebook Pick", The San Francisco Chronicle, August 23.
Sacha Baumann, “Exhibition Review: Max Jansons at There-There, sachabaumann.com, January.
2018 Maria Vogel, "Interview, Max Jansons' Paintings Tell Stories Within Themselves", Art of Choice, December 5
2018 David Pagel, "Impossible Blossoms with Electrifying Energy at There-There", Los Angeles Times, October 2
2018 Matt Stewart, "Artful Engagement", Angeleno Magazine, Society and Culture, September
2017 David Pagel, “Shifting Perceptions: A play of Subtle Complexity”, Gallery Magazine, Guangzhou, China. Issue 215-216.
2016 Degen Pener, "A Truly Great Artist Is Not A Gun For Hire", The Hollywood Reporter, January 29.
2015 David Pagel, “And There Is an End – but no end to its goofy appeal”, Los Angeles Times, March 21.
2014 David Pagel, “Critics Choice: Max Jansons Relishes Freedom”, Los Angeles Times, June 18.
2013 David Pagel, “Critics Choice: Potently Out of Step”, Los Angeles Times, May 3rd
2012 Doug McClemont, “Max Jansons, Freewheelin’,” ArtNews, January issue
2011 Mario Naves, “Painting Silly and Smart,” City Arts, October 12, 2011, Vol. 3, Issue 16
2008 David Pagel, “An artist's record of his daily life”, Los Angeles Times, September 26th Micol Hebron, “Critic’s Picks”. Artforum, September 18th
2007 Christopher Knight, “Painting Gets a Broader Brush”, Los Angeles Times, December 2007 Edward Wyatt, “The Art’s Here. Where’s the Crowd?”, NY Times, March 25th
2006. David Pagel, “Painting a la Sculpting, Drafting”, LA Times, August 4th
2006 Ruth Marcus, “Art Opening”, Flavorpill, April 11
2006 David Pagel, “When Feelings Are In Conflict”, LA Times, May 12th
1997/1998 DRA Fellowship, Columbia University, New York, NY.
Compound Long Beach
The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, HI The Capital Group
The Progressive Corporation
Century America Corporation