Pamela Jorden (b.1969, Knoxville, TN) is an abstract painter who explores atmospheric elements by way of manipulated color and shape. The push and pull of paint on uniquely shaped canvases results in fluid and organic compositions full of light.
Jorden received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee in 1992 and her Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts in 1996. Jorden has had solo and group exhibitions at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY; Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Brennan & Griffin, New York, NY; Seterah Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany; and Mason Gross Art Gallery at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Jorden’s work has been reviewed in numerous publications such as Artforum, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and Art in America.
Pamela Jorden’s approach to art-making is one that carefully balances bursts of gestural abstraction with precise, studied mark-making. Drawing on the history and innovation of abstract painting, her work is as intellectual as it is visually captivating. Jorden’s concepts are pushed even further by way of her titles. Inspired by Greek mythology, Phosphor (short for Phosphorus) refers to Venus in its morning state, whereas Hesper (short for Hesperus) refers to the planet’s evening appearance. Both prints exhibit their own unique characteristics, yet can function as one body. As a native Tennessean now living in California, it comes as no surprise that she showcases an acute attentiveness to the history and qualities of natural light in all of its forms.