Monday, May 6, 2013

Jeremy Szopinksi - Painter

The Thousandfold Principle #5 / Oil on paper, mounted on board / 32" x 25" / 2013
Jeremy Szopinski

Jeremy Szopinski has exhibited at many venues in the Midwest and nationally including Woodward Gallery, Soo Visual Arts Center, Phipps Center for the Arts, Speedboat Gallery and the Duluth Art Institute.  He has also worked as an adjunct faculty member at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, MN, as a senior letterpress printer at Studio On Fire in Minneapolis, and has painted murals. He graduated in 1998 from the College of Visual Arts, in Saint Paul, and completed his MFA in painting at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 2010.

Triple Fire / Oil on board / 43" x 44" / 2013

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
I'm currently working on a series of smallish scale paintings. I've been experimenting combining printmaking ink with traditional oil paint. The ink has a much different viscosity than paint and does some interesting things when it's scraped across the painting. I've also been using a paper called Terraskin, which is made out of stone. The paper absorbs paint in a different way than a typical gessoed surface. It also is incredibly smooth, especially when mounted to a board, and gives the paint greater luminosity.

How did you decide to become an artist?
I made the official decision after my first year of college. I had been taking a lot of general liberal arts courses and realized art was the obvious choice. It is my calling and I'm miserable if I'm not making paintings.

The Thousandfold Principle #6 / Oil on paper, mounted on board / 25" x 30" / 2013

What was the best advice given to you as an artist? 
Don't kill your paintings. In other words, don't overwork, know when to stop and how to keep the paint alive. 

Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art.  How do you sell your work?  How do you market yourself?
I put a good amount of time into promoting my work on Facebook (, Tumblr ( my website ( I have an open studio once or twice a year. When I was in grad school I made some decent connections to a few galleries and collectors in NYC.

The Thousandfold Principle #7 / Oil on paper, mounted on board / 32" x 25" / 2013

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy? 
Jon Reischl:

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?

TuckUnder Gallery:
Midway Gallery:
Walker Art Center:

The Thousandfold Principle #8 / Oil on paper, mounted on board / 26" x 25" / 2013

In addition to, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise? 
Lately, I've been enjoying the randomness of Tumblr. It's fun to follow the strange paths it creates. It provides a way to find artists and "collectors" outside of my normal social sphere.
Here are some other blogs and review sites I like to check out:

The Brooklyn Rail:

From The Top of Her Head / Oil on board / 48" x 62" / 2012

Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?I have a solo show called "The Thousandfold Principle" at TuckUnder Projects. May 23 - June 23.  Reception Thursday 5/23 6-9 PM.

Jeremy Szopinski
(Photography by Joanna Carina of Carina Photographics)

Tuck Under Projects

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