Jenny Scobel





Jenny Scobel

Jenny Scobel, born 1955, Orrville (US), lives and works in New York (US)  

Jenny Scobel’s works are executed in graphite and oil paint on prepared wooden panels or vellum. These portraits range from widely known figures such as Michelle Pfeiffer and Virginia Woolf, to completely anonymous women who have been cut out from printed media or photographs. The portrayed subjects seem however deformed because the proportions of head and body are not always compatible. The same model is often reintroduced in a slightly altering but ever prominent décor. These intimate backgrounds give the scene an unsettling and uncanny feeling, also because the figures and their environment seem to come from a different period of time. Scobel’s paintings allude to beauty and its underlying calamity. The image will never reveal its true story.

Jenny Scobel had several solo exhibitions in Europe and the USA, including the Molloy College Rockville Centre in New York, Galerie der Stadt Backnang, and the Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, amongst others.

In 2004, Scobel participated in the exhibition "Sagt holde Frauen: 15 zeitgenossische Kunstlerinnen und das Medium Zeichnung" at the Museum Fridericianum in Kassel. Other recent group exhibitions include ‘Women Portraits’ at Overbeck Gesellschaft, Lübeck, ‘Pleisterplekken’ at Museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent, ‘Dangerous Woman’ DFN Gallery, New York and ‘The Human Subject’ Art Gallery, Cleveland State University.

Jenny Scobel joined the gallery in 2002.

  2012   'Women', Thomas Erben Gallery, New York (US)
  2010   'Jenny Scobel', Galerie Uschi Kolb, Karlsruhe (DE)
      'Recent Paintings', Michel Soskine Inc. Gallery, Madrid (ES)
      'Jenny Scobel', Wake Forest University, Charlotte & Philip Hanes art gallery, Winston-Salem (US)
  2007   'Jenny Scobel', Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids (US)
  2006   Galerie der Stadt Backnang, Backnang (DE)
  2005   Thomas Erben Gallery, New York (US)
  2003   'Ingots', Thomas Erben Gallery, New York (US)
  2002   'Jenny Scobel', Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp (BE)
  2001   'Works from 1995 - present', Thomas Erben Gallery, New York (US)
  2000   Locus Media Inc., New York (US)
  1999   "Unsolved Mysteries", Molloy College Rockville Centre, New York (US)
  1994   'Secret Lives', Cynthia Mc Callister Gallery, New York (US)
  1992   One Square Mile Gallery, Seacliff (US)
  1991   'Old Photos and New Paintings', Salena Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn (US)
  1983   Bologna Center, Bolonga (IT)
  2016   'Kopf und Kragen', Galerie der Stadt Backnang (DE)
  2014   'Kees Goudwaard, Kim Jones, Johannes Kahrs, Jenny Scobel, Jack Whitten', Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Borgerhout (BE)
      'Pleisterplekken. Jeugdinstellingen tussen romantiek en trauma', Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent (BE)
  2013   'Opening New Space', Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Borgerhout (BE)
  2009   'The Human Subject', Art Gallery, Cleveland State University, Cleveland (US)
      'The Launch', Bo Lee Gallery, Bath, (GB)
  2008   'What's in a face', Salena Gallery at the Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York (US)
      'Dangerous Women', DFN Gallery, New York (US)
      'Artists of the gallery', Zeno X Storage, Antwerp (BE)
      'Women portraits', Overbeck Gesellschaft, Lübeck (DE)
  2007   'Artists of the gallery', Zeno X Storage, Antwerp (BE)
  2006   '25 years Zeno X Gallery', Zeno X Gallery & Zeno X Storage, Antwerp (BE)
      'Subject', Lyman Allyn Museum, London (GB)
      Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts (US)
      'Strange', The Cartin Collection @ GFOX, Harford, CT (US)
  2005   'Drawing the Line', Galerie M. + R. Fricke, Düsseldof (DE)
  2004   'Sagt holde Frauen: 15 zeitgenössische Künstlerinnen und das Medium Zeichnung', Museum Fridericianum Kassel (DE)
      'She's Come Undone', Artemis-Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York (US)
      'Innocence Found', DFN Gallery New York, NY (US)
  2002   'American Myths: Bridget Batch and Jenny Scobel', Galleria Traghetto, Venice (IT)
  2001   'The Inner Child', Islip Museum, East Islip (US)
  2000   'Substance', Neo Images, New York (US)
      'The Conversation', Art Resources, New York (US)
      'Fashion Show', Locus Media Inc., New York (US)
      'Messages from Earth', Marshall Spaceflight Center, Huntville (US)
      'Manic', Locus Media Inc., New York (US)
  1999   'Size Matters', Gale Gates et al., Brooklyn (US)
      'Distortion', Anna Kustera Gallery", New York (US)
      'Take Out / Eat In', Molloy College Art Gallery, Rockville Centre (US)
  1998   'UnLtd.', D.u.m.b.o. Arts Center, Brooklyn (US)
  1997   'All The Things You Are', Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington (US)
      'Samplings', Track 16, Los Angeles (US)
  1995   'Selections', K&E Gallery, New York (US)
      'Murder', Asher/Faure, Los Angeles (US)
      'Murder', Thread Waxing Space, New York (US)
      'Murder', Center Gallery, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami (US)
  1994   'Life/Boat', Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn (US)
      'Lethal Inspection', Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington (US)
      'The Way of the Flesh', Mt. San Antonio, Walnut (US)
      Front St. Gallery, Housatonic (US)
  1993   'Los Angeles Art Fair', Muranushi/Lederman, Los Angeles (US)
      'Return of the Exquisite Corpse', The Drawing Centre, New York (US)
      'Salon Show', Organization of Independent Artists, New York (US)
      'People II', Gallery 30, New York (US)
      'What you are about to see is rea', Muranushi/Lederman, Chicago Art Fair, Chicago (US)
      'The Naked City', 450 Gallery, New York (US)
      Cynthia Mc Callister Gallery, New York (US)
  1992   'Menagerie, Capital Cities / ABC', The Museum of Modern Art, Art Advisory Service, New York (US)
      'Value: The Museum Gift Shop', 252 Layfayette, New York (US)
      'The Tree', Elysium Arts, New York (US)
      'Heaven', Trenkman Gallery, New York (US)
      'A Spark of Genius: Power / Strength / Movement', The Atrium Gallery, Schenectady (US)
  1990   'Positive', The Clocktower, New York (US)
      'The Figure Now", Cork Gallery, New York (US)
  1989   "A Painter's Brooklyn', The Pratt Manhattan Gallery and The Rubelle & Norman Schafler Gallery, New York (US)
  1984   Zenith Gallery, Washington DC (US)


  2006   Jenny Scobel
Galerie der Stadt Backnang, Backnang (DE) - text by VAN DONINCK Rose
  2002   In Erster Linie..21 Künstlerinnen und das Medium Zeichnung
Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (DE) - text by HEINRICH Barbara


      Hudson Valley for Contemporary Art, New York (US)
      Rubell Family Collection, Miami (US)