Jerry Ott, American (1947 - )

Jerry Duane Ott is an American artist born in 1947.

He is best-known for his photorealism work and creative use of painting surfaces. Painting anything on anything and vice versa. His latest technical development are paintings wrapped across two and three dimensional surfaces. They range from drawings a few inches wide to sculptural assemblages more than five feet tall and eight feet long. His paintings are more about the nature of art and the experience of seeing than about the subjects they depict.

Jerry Ott is a true master airbrush artist and a leading painter in the 'Photo Realist' school of painting that emerged in the 1960s. In the early 1970s Jerry Ott received a great deal of attention in his career as one of two such artists – Hilo Chen being the other - dealing exclusively with the nude figure. If there ever were a subject ideally suited for rendering by an airbrush, it would be the human figure and the airbrush is the tool used to develop that "feel" of the human body--skin that you think you can touch.

Ott's work has found international acclaim. His realistic paintings appear in the art capitals of Europe, Japan and as far a field as New Zealand. Among the prestigious Institutions that have acquired his works are New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center.

In his recent paintings, the effects of light and shade, optical illusions, nubile woman and delicate flesh continue to fascinate Ott. In "Pipe Dreams," he juxtaposes a pretty but unanimated girl with three banal lamps which refer to the mass-produced ceramic jars, vases and lamps sold as art. In Ott's painting, however, the reflections in the porcelain lamp bases and shadows that play across the skin are least as important as the woman herself.

EDUCATION
Mankato State College, Mankato, MN 1965-71
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 1971-72

GRANTS
1996 Central Minnesota Arts Board
1980 Minnesota State Arts Board
1978 Minnesota State Arts Board
1968 Advanced Year in Painting, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1968 Effie Conkling Scholarship, Mankato State University, Mankato, MN

TEACHING
1990-91 Instructor, Life Painting, Life Drawing, St Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
1990      Artist In Residence, St Cloud State University, St Cloud, MN
1979      Artist in Residence, St Cloud State University, St Cloud, MN

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2006 Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2004 Hollis Taggart Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999 Carmichael and Carmichael Gallery, St. Paul, MN
1992 Robert Thomson Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1991 R.H. Love Gallery, Chicago, IL
1988 Artbanque Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1979 Louis K Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
1979 Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, KS
1978 St Cloud State University, St Cloud, MN
1978 Hanson-Cowles Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1977 Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, KS
1975 Louis K Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
1974 Smith Fine Art, Monte Carlo, Monaco
1973 Louis K Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
1973 118, An Art Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1967 Mankato State University, Mankato, MN

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2006-7 Vermillion Editions Limited, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
2005 Beauty and the Beast, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA
2005 American Photorealism, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum,
Rutgers University, New Jersey
2004 Photorealism (organized by Rutgers University)
Prefectural Museum of Iwate, Japan
2004 Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
2004 City Museum of Iwaki, Japan
2004 Hokkaido Museum of Art, Hokkaido, Japan
2004 What's Love Got to Do With it? Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2003 Drawn to Perfection/Photorealist Graphics, Minneapolis Institute of Art,
Minneapolis, MN
2000 Gifts for the Millenium, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
1995 Minnesota Artists, Dolly Fiterman Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN
1994 Jerry Ott and Ann Pellant, Recent Paintings, St John’s University,
Collegeville, MN
1994 Art and the Law, West Publishing, St Paul, MN (Purchase Award)
1994 Bruce Lewin Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Dolly Fiterman Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN
1993 Imago, Palm Springs, CA
1993 Brenda Kroos Gallery, Cleveland, OH
1992 Molinar Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1992 Peculiar People Paintings, R.H. Love Gallery, Chicago, IL
1992 Paintings at the Nash, Katherine Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota,
Minneapolis, MN
1991 Artists Recycle, Hastings-Ruff Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1990 Jeffrey James Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1989 Portfolio 15, Reunion, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
1988 Portraiture: Selections from the American Collection, Minnesota Museum of Art, St.Paul, MN
1988 Variations on a Theme, Brenda Kroos Gallery, Columbus, OH
1987 Realism, The New Generation, R.H. Love Modern, Chicago, IL
1985 Exhibition for Corporations, Opus Corporation, Minneapolis, MN
1984 Realism, Katherine Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1984 The Vermillion Touch, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
1984 Jim Morgan Memorial Exhibition, Moody Gallery, University of Alabama,
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
1983 Kemper Gallery, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
1983 Tenth Anniversary Show, Louis K Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
1983 The Photo Realists, The Gallery at Langley Place, Newton Centre, MA
1983 New Editions from Styria Studio, Alice Simsar Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
1982 Styria Studio, New York, NY
1982 The Artist and the Airbrush, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
1981 Styria Studio, New York, NY
1981 Contemporary American Realism Since 1960. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1981 The Morgan Collection, Clara Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY
1980-81 National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
1980 Styria Studio, New York, NY
1980 Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
1979 Realist Space, C.W. Post Gallery, Long Island University, Long Island, NY
1979 Realist Paintings from New York Galleries, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art,
St. Francis College, Loretto, PA
1979 Five Realist Painters, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
1978 Toledo Museum, Toledo, OH
1978 Photorealism, Some Points of View, Jorgenson Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
1978 Portfolio 15, Minneapolis, MN and Traveling Exhibition
1978 Arts and Crafts Center of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1978 Artists Look at Art, Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art,
University of Kansas at Lawrence, Lawrence, SK
1978 Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
1978 Washington International Art Fair, Washington, D.C.
1977 Figurative Painting in the Midwest, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI
1977 The Kansas City Coloring Book Exhibition, Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, KS
1977 Rice University, Houston, TX
1977 Shore Gallery, Boston, MA
1977 Works on Paper, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
1977 Tomasulo Gallery, Union College, New Jersey
1977 Hanson-Cowles Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1976 Gallerie Le Portail, Heidelberg, Germany
1976 D.P. Gallery, Heidelberg, Germany
1976 Kentucky State University, Murray, KY
1976 Hanson-Cowles Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1976 Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, KS
1976 Wash.Art ‘76, Washington, D.C.
1976 Photorealism II, Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS
1976 The Presence and the Absence in Realism, Brainerd Hill Gallery,
State University of Potsdam, Potsdam, NY
1975 Macalester Invitational, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Macalester College,
St. Paul, MN
1975-6 Photorealism, American Painting and Prints, Traveling Exhibition:
Robert McDougal Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
Academy of Fine Arts, National Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
Covett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Waikato Art Museum, Hamilton, New Zealand
1975 Paine Art Center, Oshkosh, WI
1975 The University of Houston Fine Arts Center, Houston, TX
1975 Three Centuries of American Nudes, The New York Cultural Center, New York, NY
and The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
1975 Artrain, Traveling Show organized by the Upper Midwest Regional Arts Council, Detroit, MI
1975 Watercolors and Drawings by American Realists, Louis K. Meisel Gallery,
New York, NY
1975 University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
1975 Wichita Museum, Wichita, KS
1974 Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture, Krannert Museum of Art,
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL
1974 Six Realist Painters, College of St Catherine, St Paul, MN
1974 Arts ‘74, Helsinki, Finland
1974 Basel Arts ‘74, Basel, Switzerland
1974 Aspects of Realism, Moos Gallery, Toronto and Moos Gallery, Montreal, Canada
1974 New Realism Revisited, Brainerd Hall Gallery, State University of Potsdam,
Potsdam, NY
1974 Living American Artists and the Figure, Pennsylvania State Museum of Art,
University Park, PA
1974 Skidmore College Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY
1974 ‘74 Midyear, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
1974 Tokyo Biennale ‘74, Kyoto Municipal Art Museum, Kyoto, Japan
1974 Worcester Museum, Worcester, MA
1974 Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN,
Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH
1974 Contemporary American Painting, Lehigh University, PA
1974 Kingpitcher Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
1973-8 Stuart M. Speiser Collection of Photorealism, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York NY, Traveling Exhibition:
Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, New York, NY
Memorial Museum of Art, Rochester, NY
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
University of Colorado Art Museum, Boulder, Co
Univeristy of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Witte Memorial Museum, Memphis, TN
Gibbes Gallery, Charleston, SC
Krannert Museum, Champaign, IL
Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas,
Lawrence, KS
Paine Art Center, Oshkosh, WI
Edwin A. Ulrich Museum, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Tampa Bay Art Center, Tampa, FL
Sewall Art Center, Rice University, Houston, TX
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
1973 Interchange, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
1973 Amerikanske Realister, Randers Kunstmuseum, Denmark
1973 Amerikansk Realism, Lunds Konsthall, Lunds, Sweden
1972 Interchange, Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas, TX
1972 Realist Painting: 12 Viewpoints, 118 An Art Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1971 Drawings USA, Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, MN
1968 Biennial of Painting and Sculpture, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

PUBLICATIONS
Mary Abbe "Visual Arts 2006 in Review", Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dec 24, 2006, p F9
Mary Abbe "Shy Guy Wields a Bold Brush", Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 30, 2006
pp.F1, F14, illustrations
Alan G Artner "Art Galleries".Chicago Tribune, June 4, 2004 , sec.7, pg 31
Mary Abbe “Ott’s Photorealist Work Arresting”, Minneapolis Star and Tribune,
Jan. 31, 1992, p. 1E, illustration
Mary Abbe “Critic’s Choice”, Minneapolis Star and Tribune,
Jan. 11, 1991, p. 6E, illustration
Mary Abbe Martin “Ott’s Art Bounces Back with Flamboyance”, Minneapolis Star and Tribune, Dec. 7, 1988, p.1E, illustration
Mary Abbe Martin “All Around the Towns”, Twin Cities,
Dec.8, p 152, illustration
George Tapley “Jerry Ott: The Comeback Kid”, Airbrush Action Magazine,
June 1987, Cover, pp.54-61, illustrations
Kim Palmer “No Nudes is Good News for Artists Critics”, Mankato Free Press,
Sept. 20, 1984, pp 19,24, interview, illustration
Elizabeth Stewart “Come On, Get Real”, Minnesota Daily,
Sept. 28, 1984 pp 8-9, illustration
Robert Yoskowitz “Photos by the Photorealists”, Arts,
March, 1981, p. 25
Pepe Karmel “Photographs by the Photorealists”, Art in America,
May 1981, p. 40, illustration
Kit Basquin “Packaged Imports vs. Locally Curated Shows”,
The New Art Examiner, May, 1980, P.4, section 2, illustration
Mary Scarvalone “Five Realist Painters”, The Minnesota Painters,
The Minnesota Daily, June 22, 1979, p.6AE
Frederick Appel Jr. “Preview”, The Minneapolis Star,
July 6, 1979, p.5B
Sarah Mc Fadden “Midwest Art, A Special Report”, Art in America,
July/Aug., 1979 p.62
David Shirey “Looking Back at the Future”, New York Times,
Nov.11, 1979
Preston Malcom “Art Review - Realist Space at C.W. Post”, Newsday,
Dec. 12, 1979
William Hegeman “Entertainment, Arts”, Minneapolis Tribune,
Nov.23, 1978 p.5b, illustration
Paul Richard “New Smithsonian Art: From the Sublime to Photorealism”,
The Washington Post, Nov.30, 1978, p.21
Donald Hoffman “Art Talk”, The Kansas City Star,
May, 1977
Holly Day “Northern Refinement - Art in Minneapolis”, New Art Examiner,
Nov.1977
“Untitled Study, Connie”, British Broadcasting Corporation,
Fall Issue, 1976
Phylis Derfner “New York Reviews”, Art in America,
March, 1976, pp 113-14
Dorothy Belden “Realism Exaggerated in Ulrich Exhibit “, Wichita Eagle,
March, 1976
Gregory Battcock “Good Taste, Bad Taste”, Domus,
Feb. 1976, p. 47, illustration
Steve Ray “Photo Art: Real or Reel”, Oshkosh Advance Titan,
May 1, 1975, p.19
Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, “Photorealist Exhibit Opening at Paine on Sunday”,
April 17, 1975
“Photorealism Flies High at Paine”, The Milwaukee Journal
May, 1975
Noel Frackman Arts Magazine
Dec. 1975, pp. 16-17, illustration
John Gruen “ Photo Imagery in Painting”, SoHo Weekly News,
October 23, 1975, pp 20-21, illustration
St Paul Pioneer Press, March 10, 1974, illustration
Riviera Life, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Sept. 1974, pp 18-19, illustrations
Joe Zavel “Realist Works Predominate in ‘74 Midtear”, Jambar,
Youngstown State University July 11, 1974, pp. 6-7, illustration
A.D. Coleman “ From Today Painting is Dead”, Camera 35,
July, 1974, p. 37
Joseph Marticelli “Our Books and Yours”, Case and Comment
July/Aug., 1974, p. 11
Jane Bell “Review”, Arts Magazine
Feb, 1974, p.61, illustration
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Jan. 17, 1974
William Feaver “Arts ‘74 Helsinki”, Art International,
May 7, 1974, p. 38
“Shop Around”, The Evening Standard, March 30, 1973
Jack Sherman “Review: Photorealism, Johnson Museum”, Ithaca Journal
Nov. 13, 1973
The New Yorker “Goings on About Town”,
October 1, 1973, p. 29, illustration
Art Gallery Magazine, October, 1973, p.29, illustration
Rick Levine “Self Defined People”, Insider,
November, 1973, p.36, illustration
Interview Magazine, October, 1973, p. 36
Steve Doherty “Review”, Ithaca Journal, November, 1973
The Village Voice, September 20, 1973, p. 29, illustration
SoHo Weekly News, Dec. 6, 1973
“Walker Art Center”, Minneapolis Tribune,
March 28, 1973, illustration
Don Morrison “Books and Arts”, Minneapolis Star,
March 22, 1973
George Tapley “Art”, The Minnesota Daily, May, 1973, illustration
George Tapley “Art”, The Minnesota Daily, April 13, 1973
Mike Steele “Artist Ott Refuses to be Driven to Abstraction”
Minneapolis Tribune, June 18, 1972, illustrations
“Walker Acquisition, Minneapolis Painting”, Minneapolis Star,
May 29, 1972, illustration
John Regstad “Painting”, Minnesota Daily, May 19, 1972
Don Morrison “Books and Arts”, Minneapolis Star, May 11, 1972
Janet Kutner “Scene in Art”, Dallas Morning News, August 12, 1972
Lorraine Haake “Art From Texas, From Minnesota”, Dallas Times Herald,
July 30, 1972, interview, illustration
Jan Butterfield “Fort Worth Star and Telegram, July 30, 1972
Mike Steele “Speaking of Art”, Minneapolis Tribune, May 14, 1972
Mike Steele “What’s Doing”, Minneapolis Tribune, Sept. 12, 1971

SELECTED BOOKS
Thomas W Styron, American Figure Painting 1950-1980, The Chrysler Museum,
Norfolk Virginia
Philip and Joyce Green, Art in the National Curriculum, Philip Green Educational Ltd., England, illustration
John L Ward, American Realist Painting, 1945-1980, UMI Research Press, Ann Arbor/London, pp.336-38, illustration
Andy Charlesworth, Airbrushing the Human Form, Quatro Publishing,
London England, pp.118-121, illustration
Robert Paschal, The Art of the Dot, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., Inc., New York, NY, p.22, illustration
Cecil Mistear, The Advanced Airbrush Book, Orbus Publishing Ltd., London, pp. 18-19, illustration
Frank Goodyear Jr., Contemporary American Realism Since 1960, New York Graphic Society, pp.76,79,81, illustration
Louis K Meisel, Photorealism, 1st Edition, Abrams, New York,
pp 482-9, illustration
S. Ralph Maurello, The Complete Airbrush Book, Leon Amiel, Inc., New York,
pp. 112-114, illustration
Gregory Battcock, Why Art, E.P. Dutton and Company, New York, New York
Keith Melville, Marriage and Family Today, Random House, New York
Ernst Haas, The New York Review of Art, The Krantz Company, p.134
Udo Kulterman, Neue Formen des Bildes, Tubingen, Germany:
Verlag, Ernst Wasmuth
Bernhardt J. Hurwood, The Whole Sex Catalog, Pinnacle Books, New York, p. 217, illustration
George Battcock, Super Realism: A Critical Anthology, E.P. Dutton and Co. New York, illustration

SELECTED CATALOGS
Jerry Ott, Nympheas: Reflections and Perceptions,
Hollis Taggart Gallery, Chicago, IL 54 pages, illustrations, 2004
American Photorealism, Travelling Exhibition organized by Rutgers University,
Text by Louis K. Meisel, 2004, p. 80, illustration
Aspects of Realism, Gallery Moos, Ltd., Toronto, Canada,
Oct. 1974
Painting and Scupture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art,
p.9, illustration
Living American Artists and the Figure, Pennsylvania State University,
pp.5,9, 1974
Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture, Krannert Museum,
University of Illinois, pp.92-93, 1974
Louis K. Meisel, Photorealism 1973: The Stuart M.Speiser Collection,
New York, 1973
Mit Kamera, Pinsel and Spritzpistole, Wolfgang Becker: Introduction, Ruhrfestspiele, Recklinghausen, Stadtmische Kunsthalle Recklingshausen, Germany,
May 4- June 17, 1973
Amerikansk Realism, Introduction by Lawrence Alloway,
Galeri Ostergren, Malmo, Sweden
Interchange, Introduction by Richard Koshalek, Walker Art Center,
Minneapolis, MN, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1972

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Helen Foresman Spencer Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY
Kemper Collection, Chicago, IL
Baltimore Museum of Fine Arts, Baltimore
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, MN
Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, OH
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

 

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