Jack Balas pursues themes simultaneously potent and abstract to create his challenging and
deeply felt work. An unpredictable placement of words, phrases, gestural marks, photographic
imagery and collaged materials create the visual and conceptual texture of Balas work. Jack
Balas works in painting, photography, writing, and other media. He has received an individual
fellowship in painting from the National Endowment for the Arts and a creative fellowship in
photography from the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities. He has exhibited extensively
in both the United States and Europe, including exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum, The Art
Institute of Chicagos Gallery 2, the Tuscon Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles Institute of
Contemporary Art. His work can be found in many notable permanent collections, including the
Kent Logan Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A portfolio of his paintings
was published in The Paris Review.
Since the mid-1990s, Jack Balas and Wes Hempel have been collaborating on unique works,
creating a compelling dialogue between these two distinct artists. Hempels neo-classicist
combines with Balas complex associative vocabulary to infuse the work with a sharp wit,
surprising surface, and rare sense of intimacy.