Jody Paulsen

Jody Paulsen was born in 1987 in Cape Town, South Africa, where he continues to live and work. He specialised in print media at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Arts, and on graduating in 2009, was awarded the Katrine Harris Print Cabinet Award. In 2012 he received the Jules Kramer Departmental Scholarship Award and went on to complete his Master’s degree with his solo exhibition What you want, whenever you want it in 2013. He opened his first solo exhibition, titled Pushing thirtyat SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, followed by a solo presentation, hosted by SMAC Gallery, at Untitled Art Miami Beach in Miami, USA, both in 2017.

Most recently, Paulsen’s work was exhibited with SMAC Gallery at The Armory Show in New York City, New York, USA, in March 2019. His work is also currently up on exhibition as part of the group show Filling in the gaps at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town. In 2018 he exhibited his work as part of the group exhibition Passion fruit at Temporary Storage Gallery in New York City, USA. Most recently, Paulsen’s solo exhibition Water me was up on exhibition at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, and his work was exhibited as part of Making Africa – a continent of contemporary design at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, USA.

Notable group exhibitions include: After the thrill is gone: fashion, politics and culture in contemporary South African Art, curated by Andrew Hennlich, a travelling exhibition starting at Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, USA, and ending in 2018; All things being equal at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town in 2017; Making Africa: a continent of contemporary design, curated by Amelie Klein and Okwui Enwezor, a travelling exhibition starting in 2015 at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and travelling to the Centre de Cultura Contemporánia de Barcelona in Spain and the Kunsthal Rotterdam in the Netherlands in 2016; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, USA in 2017 and in 2018 to the Albuquerque Museum in Albuquerque and the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, both in the USA. Earlier exhibitions include Anyway, the wind blows at BRUNDYN+ in Cape Town in 2014; The night show at Goodman Gallery in 2011 in Cape Town; and the Sasol New Signatures Award in Pretoria, South Africa in 2010.

Recent group exhibitions include Passion fruit at Temporary Storage Gallery in New York City in 2018; UPSTART/STARTUP at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg during 2016, as well as Young, gifted and black, curated by Hank Willis Thomas in Johannesburg in 2015.

Paulsen has collaborated with fashion designer Adriaan Kuiters, presenting numerous collections at the Mercedes-Benz Cape Town Fashion Week, as part of the Generation Africa fashion show at Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy, in 2016. Paulsen continues to expand and present new collections, internationally and locally, with Kuiters.

Paulsen’s work forms part of numerous significant public and private collections, including Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town; Matthais & Gervanne Leridon Collection in Paris, France; Sovereign Art Foundation, in Hong Kong, Singapore, UK, Guernsey and South Africa; The Royal Portfolio Collection in Cape Town and the 21 c Museums Hotel in Louisville, USA.

 

Capetonian artist Jody Paulsen on his art and inspiration

Marli van Eeden, Jody Paulsen Interviews 2019-06-28

"My inspiration comes from pretty much everywhere. I try to stay open to anything when I'm searching for ideas." Jody Paulsen’s work forms part of various significant public and private collections, including collections at Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) in Cape Town. Notable group exhibitions at Zeitz MOCAA include All Things Being Equal in 2017. Most recently, Paulsen’s work was exhibited with SMAC Gallery at The Armory Show in New York City, USA, in March 2019. His work is also currently up on exhibition as part of the group show Filling in the gaps at the Iziko South African National Gallery (Cape Town).

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