Jonah Koppel

Inspired by traditions of improvisation, Jonah Koppel creates dynamic and free paintings as quickly and accurately as possible. The artist uses oil loaded with leaded crystal powder and wax onto a burlap base—a technique drawn from the works of ancient Venetian painters. Koppel combines disparate elements from the imagination to produce cohesive works that deftly play with the mechanics of image-making and visual perception.


Jonah Koppel was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1978. The artist received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island in 2001.

Solo exhibitions of Koppel’s work have taken place at: James Fuentes in New York City (2021); M. LeBlanc in Chicago, Illinois (2020); Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery in Brooklyn and New York City (2013, 2009 and 2007); and Rivington Arms in New York City (2004 and 2002).

Group exhibitions that shown Koppel’s work include: Temporary Antumbra Zone, curated by Udora Hajimik at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery in Brooklyn, New York (2011); A Bell is a Cup Until It is Struck, curated by Kevin Zucker at Memorial Hall Gallery in Providence, Rhode Island (2007); NeoCon Gavin Brown Enterprises at Passerby in New York City (2005); and I Kept All Your Letters at Rivington Arms in New York City (2002).

Jonah Koppel lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.