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Born and raised in New York City, Jeannie Motherwell inherited a love of painting from her father, Robert Motherwell, and stepmother, Helen Frankenthaler, two pillars of mid-century abstraction. She studied painting at Bard College and the Art Students League in New York. Continuing with her art after college, she became active in arts education at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, until relocating to Cambridge, MA, where she worked at Boston University for the graduate program in Arts Administration until 2015. She served on the Cambridge Arts Council Public Art Commission from 2004 - 2007 and is currently on the Advisory Board for Joy Street Artists Open Studios in Somerville, MA. Her work has been featured in public and private collections throughout the US and abroad.

Jeannie's studio is in Somerville, MA. She is represented by the M Fine Arts Galerie in Boston, MA and Palm Beach, FL and by The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA.

Artist Statement

Having lived on Cape Cod Bay for most of my summers, my work is influenced by the constantly changing landscape that surrounds me, and — when not within hearing distance of the waves lapping or crashing onshore — by the images of celestial phenomena as seen from the Hubble telescope in outer space. I am amazed by the images and mysteries of the oceans and skies in changing weather, Hubble-type images of the universe, and my own physicality during the painting process. It has inspired my paintings, which have an intimacy to the space in them but also an immensity.

The process I use and the mere physicality of it help me explore spatial complexities that yield marvelous surprises, taking me in directions I cannot anticipate. There are things that happen in my paintings that I cannot explain. I may try to control them while working, but I am really searching for answers to make the unexpected work for me. It is about exploring the unknown and then refining it to reflect a visceral memory or experience — for me and for the viewer. I like to think of my paintings as an ‘event’ or an ‘occurrence’; that is, an action that emerges in the here and now — where the subject matter symbolizes the images and mysteries of creation.

The Painting Process: Pouring, pushing and layering — creating Pyrifera (a 2½ minute video)


As I wrote about Motherwell, whose father was the famous Robert and whose stepmom was Helen Frankenthaler: Their influences are apparent, but there are also values embraced by much of that ground-breaking group in the 1950s, still ongoing among painters today: spontaneity, intense color, and a basic trust in the possibilities of chance. If anything, Motherwell has surpassed her elders in cultivating a lush and opulent vision that builds on the lyrical impulses of a previous generation. Call it expressionism without angst.
Ann Landi, Founder & Editor Vasari21.com

Jeannie Motherwell's work pits generation against collapse, and are as capricious as light flashing on water. They pin us with similar intensity — a moment of coming to be that will just as soon vanish.
Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe

As the daughter of two artistic icons, how do you find your own path and message in the art world? Jeannie Motherwell has managed to do both.
Dirk Vanduffel, Artdependence Magazine, Belgium, 2017

The artwork is 'an event, an occurrence'; that is, an action that emerges in the here and now. At issue is the nature of creation; the 'subject-matter' of Motherwell's work is an 'artistic creation' itself, a symbol of the images and mysteries of creation.
Gerardo Gil, Fine Art Critic, Barcelona, Spain

Abstract acrylic painter Jeannie Motherwell refuses to grow cold in the artistic shadow of her father and stepmother, Robert Motherwell and Helen Frankenthaler. As a stable ecosystem quells its wrestling constituents, Motherwell's refined intuition hushes the spontaneous boundaries of dilating paint on clay board panel and canvas. Over a soberly spoken interview, the New York artist admits in her work the faint pursuit of a faded horizon: the shifting waters from the view of an old home, replaced, in time, by a windowless studio. The methodology of Motherwell's art - to draw a structure from an uncertainty - eerily echoes a ritual from her upbringing: discerning, with the right words, to the joy of her guardians, the spiritual essences behind their cascades of paint.
Brainard Carey, Praxis Center for Aesthetic Studies

Jeannie’s paintings embody a bold re-visioning of abstract painting. The paintings seem to live in a realm between motion and stillness, micro and macro seeing at the same time. This simultaneousness makes for a vigorous dynamic of what exists as imagination and what is perceived. The work is exciting, the color palette luscious, the overall impact is breathtaking. Alchemy!
Rose Austin, Photographer, Educator, and former director of the Massachusetts Culture Council

Jeannie Motherwell’s new paintings span the distance between far flung galaxies and the crust of the earth. Much like Gaston Bachelard’s reflections on intimacy and immensity, they speak of memories and dreams, evoking—improbably, delightfully—both the solidity of landscape and transparency of smoke.
Necee Regis, Writer/photographer

The sensual stain of Jeannie Motherwell’s paintings evoke the change of seasons – fall color, a balance of warmth with the impending chill, slicked over a ground of winter white. Like the first frost over newly fallen leaves.
Erin Becker, Norma Jean Calderwood Director, Cambridge Art Association

. . . Jeannie has been inspired by images she first saw from the Hubble Space Telescope. I was drawn in by Jeannie's use of color and flow in her paintings and by the way I felt like I was looking at something familiar and completely unknown all at the same time. I also love that Jeannie's inspiration comes not only from space, but also from our oceans (or what a lot of us like to call inner space) and where there is still so much to explore.
Nicole Stott, Artist, Former USA Astronaut, International Association Of Astronomical Artists


1976    The Art Students League of New York, Painting
1974    Bard College, BA, Painting

2019     M Fine Arts Galerie IMPACT, Boston, MA
2018     M Fine Arts Galerie Recent Paintings, Palm Beach, FL
2018    Rochester Museum of Fine Arts Color Stories: Selected Works by Jeannie Motherwell, Rochester, NH
2017    Rafius Fane Gallery POUR. PUSH. LAYER., Boston, MA
2013 -    Lynne Scalo Design New Paintings, Westport, CT
2002 - 2011    Lyman-Eyer Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2007, 2010    Boston University, Metropolitan Gallery Paintings and collages, Cambridge, MA
2000 - 2001    Boathouse Gallery Provincetown, MA
1999    Cambridge Public Library Cambridge, MA
1978 - 1981    Provincetown Group Gallery Provincetown, MA
1974    Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

2020     New Bedford Art Museum Excavation: Layers of Meaning, New Bedford, MA
2019     Ethan Cohen New York DOUBLE X, New York, NY
2019     Ethan Cohen Kube Orphans of Painting, Beacon, NY
2019     The Bridgehampton Museum Market Art + Design, Bridgehampton , NY
2019     M Fine Arts Galerie Winter Collective, Palm Beach, FL
2019     M Fine Arts Galerie Winter Collective, Boston, MA
2018     Cambridge Art Association Viewpoints, Charlestown, MA
2018     M Fine Arts Galerie Summer Group Show, Boston, MA
2018     AMP Gallery Limitless, Provincetown, MA
2017     Liquid Art House Boston, MA
2017     Galatea Fine Art The NEW ENGLAND COLLECTIVE VIII, Boston, MA
2016     Miami Beach Convention Center Art Basel Art Weeks 2016, Miami Beach, FL
2016     AMP Gallery Sanctioned Spaces, Provincetown, MA
2016     Cambridge Art Association, 15th National Prize Show Recital, Cambridge, MA
2016    Atlantic Works Gallery Boston Biennial 3, Boston, MA
2015 -   Joy Street Artists Open Studios, Somerville, MA
2015    Brickbottom Gallery DREAM WEAVERS, Somerville, MA
2015    ArcWorks Gallery Artsy Autumn, Peabody, MA
2015    Via Garibaldi 1791 ArtVenice Biennale 3, Venice, Italy
2014    Atlantic Works Gallery Boston Biennial 3, Boston, MA
2014, 2015    Somerville Museum Artists' Choice, Somerville, MA
2013    Brickbottom Gallery  Chain Reaction, Somerville, MA
2012    Antiques & Art Avant-Garde Greenwich A fundraiser for the Bruce Museum and Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich, CT
2004 - 2012    Lyman-Eyer Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2012    Acme Fine Art Provincetown Views, Boston, MA
2010    Fay Chandler Gallery 10th Annual Small Works, Cambridge, MA
2010    Cambridge Arts Council Gallery Cambridge Open Studios Salon Preview Exhibition, Cambridge, MA
2009    Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) Generations Exhibition, Provincetown, MA
2001 - 2009    Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center, Sacramento St. Gallery Small Works, Cambridge, MA
2005    Newton Free Library Rock, Paper, Scissors, Newton, MA
2003    Monroe Center for the Arts Landscapes, Lexington, MA
2003    Art of July 10th Annual, Boston, MA
2003    Boston State House Exhibition Invitational: Travel, Boston, MA
2003    Color Stories, Inc. Competitive Exhibition, Boston, MA
2002, 2003    Stebbins Gallery Cambridge, MA
2002    New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University Special 9/11 Exhibition and Event, Boston, MA
2002    TransCultural Coaster Project Destination: The World featuring 100 Artists Plus (Curated by Charles Giuliani), Boston, MA
2002    Lynn Arts Possibilities 2nd Annual Mixed Media, Lynn, MA
2002    New England School of Art Digital City: New Squirts for Now People, Boston, MA
1999 - 2001    Provincetown Art Association & Museum (PAAM) Provincetown, MA
2000    Gallery 57 Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, MA
1998 - 1999    DNA Gallery Provincetown, MA

2019   JEANNIE MOTHERWELL, essay by Ann Landi, Contributing Editor ARTnews, founder of Vasari21.com, M Fine Arts Galerie, (catalog for solo exhibition, IMPACT)
2019   Jeannie Motherwell in South Florida, by Raymond Elman, Inspicio, January 2019
2018   The Motherhood Report, by Ann Landi, Vasari21.com, December 3, 2018
2018   Jeannie Motherwell’s cosmic vistas, by Susan Rand Brown, Provincetown Banner, July 26, 2018
2018   Jeannie Motherwell, Under the Radar, by Ann Landi , Vasari21.com, July 22, 2018
2018   Jeannie Motherwell — Chance favors the ready mind, by Christopher Busa, Provincetown Arts Magazine, 2018 (Acrobat pdf file)
2018   Limitless Motherwell: Amp’d Up Vibe In Provincetown, by Suzanne Volmer, Artscope, July/August 2018
2018   THE GIFT IN OUR VOICES — Interview with Jeannie Motherwell, interviewer: Kit Kennedy, San Francisco Peace and Hope
2018   Space for Art — Making a cosmic impression, by Nicole Stott, ROOM - The Space Journal, Summer 2018 (Acrobat pdf file)
2018   Art & Life with Jeannie Motherwell, BostonVoyager, April 10, 2018

2017   Jeannie Motherwell: Her Art Stands by Itself, by Dirk Vanduffel, Artdependence Magazine, Belgium, October, 2017
2017   Jeannie Motherwell's paintings revel in abstraction, by Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, October 13, 2017
2017   Jeannie Motherwell: Pour. Push. Layer. at Rafius Fane Gallery, by James Foritano, Artscope, September/October, 2017
2017   SOWA FALL PREVIEW: CHANGES IN THE AIR, by Suzanne Volmer, Artscope, September/October, 2017
2017   POUR. PUSH. LAYER., by Susan Rand Brown, Art New England, Vol. 38, Issue 5, September - October, 2017
2017   Jeannie Motherwell at her SoWa Boston Exhibit in the Rafius Fane Gallery, video interview by Artscope Magazine's Suzanne Volmer, September, 2017
2016    Boston Based Artist Jeannie Motherwell Draws Structures From Uncertainty, THE SILO, November 28, 2016
2016    Jeannie Motherwell, Interview from Yale University Radio WYBCX, November 16, 2016
2016    Jeannie Motherwell's Provincetown work is haunted by the Patricia Marie, Provincetown Banner, Vol. 22, Number 26, October 13, 2016
2016    Dancing with a creative partner gently leading me into moves I have not yet experienced. Jeannie Motherwell, interviewer: Kit Kennedy, San Francisco Peace and Hope, Issue 5
2016    Sanctioned Spaces, by Jeannie Motherwell, Vasari21.com, April 5, 2016
2015    Tide No. 2, Home page of San Francisco Peace and Hope, downloaded April 24, 2015 (Acrobat pdf file)
2014    Ebbing, Masthead/cover of Art Connection, Fall/Winter, 2014
2014    San Francisco Peace and Hope The Book, wrap around book jacket featuring Tide 2
2014    One Thing and One Thing Only - To Paint, interviewer: Kit Kennedy, San Francisco Peace and Hope, Issue 4
2014    Night Rhythms San Francisco Peace and Hope, Issue 4, Chapter 1
2014    Elementary and Circle of Life, Avenue, April, 2014, page 94
2013    Elementary and Circle of Life in Rooms with a View 2013, Quintessence, November 18, 2013
2013    Dance, Hamptons Cottages and Gardens, July 15, 2013
2013    Never Give Up the Joy and Awe of Exploration, An interview with painter Jeannie Motherwell, interviewer: Kit Kennedy,
San Francisco Peace and Hope, Issue 3
2013    Perfect Storm, San Francisco Peace and Hope, Issue 3, Chapter 1
2013    River Run, San Francisco Peace and HopeIssue 2, Chapter 2
2012    Patricia Marie: Abyss, San Francisco Peace and Hope, Spring / Fall issues, 2012
2012    Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler and Cape Cod Influence the Works of Jeannie Motherwell, by Jeannie Motherwell,
Journal of the Print World, Vol. 35, Number 1, January, 2012
2011    Dune with Dreams, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Emergency Department, audio guide play audio
2011    Jeannie Motherwell: New Work, by Jim Foritano, Artscope Magazine, July/August, 2011
2011    Patricia Marie: Abyss  San Francisco Peace and Hope, Issue 1, Chapter 1  and Elegy 911: An American Tragedy, Collage Chapter 5
2011    Jeannie Motherwell    Paintings and Collages: 2004-2010, Boston University Metropolitan College, Winter, 2011 (Acrobat pdf file)
2009    The Provincetown Roots of Jeannie Motherwell, Provincetown Magazine, Vol. 32, Issue 15, July 23, 2009
2008    Capsule Previews, artscope, New England's Culture Magazine, November/December, 2008
2008    Studio Show Recollections/Robert Motherwell, by Jeannie Motherwell, Provincetown Arts Magazine, Vol. 23, annual issue, 2008/2009
2008    Robert and Jeannie Motherwell, Provincetown Art Guide
2007    Year In Review 2007, by Sue Harrison, Provincetown Banner, Vol. 13, Number 34, December 27, 2007
2007    Gallery Scene, Provincetown Magazine, Vol. 30, Issue 18, August 9, 2007
2007    Administrator by Day, Artist by Night, by Rebecca McNamara, BU Today, August 8, 2007
2007    Jeannie Motherwell Unlocks the Ghost of the Patricia Marie, by Susan Rand Brown, Provincetown Banner
2007    Patricia Marie, Provincetown Magazine, Vol. 30, Issue 17
2007    Artists: Art Talk, Provincetown Arts Magazine, Vol. 19, annual issue, 2007-2008
2007    On display at the MET Gallery, Boston University Metropolitan College, commencement 2007
2006    Jeannie Motherwell & Friends @ Lyman-Eyer, Provincetown Magazine, Vol. 29, Issue 21, August 31, 2006
2006    Making a Bid, Boston Globe 'Sidekick'
2005    Sea Change, American Airlines 'American Way,' December 1, 2005
2005    Around P'town, Provincetown Banner and Advocate, July 30, 2005
2005    Open Studios: Art in Context, by Kristin Lambert, artsMEDIA Magazine, May/June, 2005
2005    Artists: Art Talk, Provincetown Arts Magazine, Vol. 18, annual issue, 2004/2005
2005    Faculty artwork, Boston University Metropolitan College, Winter 2005
2005    Weld, Click, Rip: Three North Cambridge Artists join forces for an exhibit, by Chris Helms, Cambridge Chronicle
2004    The Seen and the Unseen, Jeannie Motherwell and Deborah Barlow Show New Work, by Brenner Thomas, Editor,
Provincetown Magazine, Vol. 27, Issue 12, June 24-30, 2004
2004    On Display: Jeannie Motherwell Works on Paper, Life In Provincetown, Vol. 3, Issue 9, June 24, 2004
2004    Artists: Art Talk, Provincetown Arts Magazine, Vol. 18, annual issue, 2003/2004
2002    Finding the Light: Artist's Statements, by Stuard Derrick, Provincetown Magazine, Vol. 25, Issue 25 (September 19–25, 2002)
2002    A Sense of Place: An Anthology of Cape Women Writers by Gillian Drake, published by Shank Painter Publishing
2002    The Gallery Scene, Cape Arts Review
2002    Art Talk, Provincetown Arts Magazine
2002    Portrait of an Artist: Jeannie Motherwell, by Stuard Derrick, Provincetown Magazine Vol. 25, Issue 18, August 1-7, 2002
2002    Open Studios Offers Artists, Public A Chance To Interact, Cambridge Chronicle
2002    Peek Behind the Painting, by David Ortiz, Cambridge Tab, April 26
2001    On Equal Ground: Photographs from an Artist's Community by Norma Holt, Provincetown Art Association & Museum (PAAM)
2000    artsMEDIA Magazine, Summer Issue
2000    Jeannie Motherwell: Painting Again, by Dan Cooper, P'town Women Magazine
1999    Beyond the Windows: A Conversation with Jeannie Motherwell, by Peter Alson, Provincetown Arts Magazine
1999    Works in Progress, The Cambridge Tab
1980    Face of the Artist: Photographs by Norma Holt through Provincetown Art Association & Museum (PAAM) Exhibit

2019    Juror, The Biennial Project Biennial, The 2019 Venice Biennale
2018    Juror, New Hampshire Institute of Art Alumni, Rochester Museum of Fine Arts RMFA Gallery to be dedicated to Bernier Sept. 8
2016    Visual Arts Artist Fellowship Somerville Arts Council
2016    Limitless, Vasari21.com Pic of the Day on Facebook and Instagram
2016    15th National Prize Show Cambridge Art Association, Recital, Acrylic on canvas on board (Juror: Paul C. Ha, Director, MIT List Visual Arts Center)
2016    Visual Arts Artist Fellowship Somerville Arts Council
2015    1st Prize, Artsy Autumn ArcWorks Gallery, Riskful Training, Acrylic on encaustic board (Juror: Erin Becker, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Cambridge Art Association)
2015    Black & White 2015 Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, A Sacred Trade (Juror: Christiane Paul, Curator of New Media Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art; New York, NY)
2013    Artist of the Week The Art Connection
2009 - Corporate Art Program deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
2009    Home Is Where The Art Is Children's Hospital Boston
2008   Advisory Board, Cambridge Arts Council Cambridge Open Studios (COS)
2003 - 2007    Public Art Commission Advisory Committee Cambridge Arts Council
2003    Juror, Monroe Center for the Arts, Competitive Landscape Exhibition
2002    Best In Show, Annual Open Juried Photography Show Stebbins Gallery, Cambridge (Juror: Paul Weiner)
2000    National's Competition Finalist Provincetown Art Association & Museum (PAAM)

Cambridge Art Association (CAA)
 2016 -
North Cambridge Arts (NoCa)
 2000 -
Joy Street Artists
 2014 -

M Fine Arts Galerie Boston, MA and Palm Beach, FL
The Schoolhouse Gallery Provincetown, MA

Provincetown Arts Magazine, Board of Directors 2019-
Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, honorary Art Advisory Member 2019-
Joy Street Artists Open Studios Advisory Board 2017-
Boston University, Graduate Program in Arts Administration, Program Assistant 2002-2015
Cambridge Arts Council Public Art Commission 2003-2007
Bruce Museum, Education Department 1994-1997