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Jeremy Mann, "Hell's Kitchen," 2012, oil on panel, 35 x 60 in. John Pence Gallery

Jeremy Mann, Women, and the City

Dramatically and skillfully rendered, the cityscapes and figurative works of Jeremy Mann give visual form to the emotive essence of modern life. 
City streets after dark, the glare of lamplight reflecting off streets slick with rain. The harsh, fluorescent lighting of a city apartment, a late night turning into an early morning. Jeremy Mann’s paintings capture the tenor of these moments that characterize life in the city. Whether depicting the distinctive hills and winding roads of the artist’s own San Francisco, or the bustle of the city that never sleeps, Mann paints the heart of his setting. 

Jeremy Mann, “Post Street Downpour,” 2013, oil on panel, 48 x 48 in. John Pence Gallery
Confident, gestural strokes and brilliant highlights define his style. Any detail of one his cityscapes would almost certainly look abstract. But as the eye moves away from the canvas, dots of red emerge into rows of brake lights and slashes of blue signal the glow of neon street signs. 
Mann works to manipulate paint in a variety of techniques, sometimes staining the surface of the canvas, using solvents to thin and remove paint, or exploiting the gritty quality of an ink brayer. The result is a personalized, expressive style.

Jeremy Mann, “Profile of a Florentine,” 2013, oil on panel, 15 x 15 in. John Pence Gallery
Interestingly, Mann’s cityscapes are almost completely devoid of figures. His figurative works form a separate part of his artistic output and are just as masterfully executed. These interior scenes of women picture loneliness and ennui, self-reflection and melancholy, all expressed in a deeply sensuous visual language. 

Jeremy Mann, “The Demure,” 2013, oil on panel, 48 x 36 in. John Pence Gallery

Jeremy Mann, “A Pose of Late Evening,” 2013, oil on panel, 30 x 18 1/2 in. John Pence Gallery
Though his work divides easily into these categories, a common theme underlies both. The modern city – dark, sexy, stimulating, seductive – is Mann’s true subject.
Jeremy Mann (b. 1979) earned his B.F.A. in painting from Ohio University, graduating cum laude, and later earned his M.F.A. from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, graduating as valedictorian. Mann has held recent solo exhibitions at Christopher Hill Gallery in St. Helena, California (2011, 2009) and John Pence Gallery in San Francisco (2010, 2009). He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions at John Pence Gallery (2011, 2010), the Studio Gallery in San Francisco (2011), Safehouse in San Francisco (2011), and Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia (2010). 

Jeremy Mann, “Una Bella Adagio,” 2012, oil on panel, 53 x 50 in. John Pence Gallery
Mann is the subject of a solo exhibition at John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, opening June 14 and running through July 6. To see more from the exhibition, visit, and to learn more about the artist, see his website,

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