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.