the art of Jennifer Lindquist

Jennifer Lindquist is an artist  best known for her large-scale abstract-expressionist paintings and social engagement  projects. 

  • Lindquist’s social-engagement art typically addresses real-world problems. “Let It Be Told!”was awarded fiscal sponsorship by the International Documentary Association to target issues influencing the achievement gap of students in East Gainesville.“Art is a Drag”promoted a city’s diversity and tolerance to contrast the negative branding by national news coverage of a local tragedy. “The Stack on French”was an art-intervention targeting a blighted strip of highway leading to a town’s historic downtown and is on the national registry of The Public Art Archive™.              

Born  in Dayton, Ohio. Received her BS. in Fine Art from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Spending most of her career in Central Florida, she now lives and operates a private studio in Tempe, Arizona.

Lindquist is also known for her Arts Development & Advocacy work - as a former Public Art Commissioner for the City of Sanford, an Arts Planning Specialist, a certified art educator (k-12) and a member of the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals, Americans for the Arts and The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking.


On art production ~
"I am obsessed with Abstraction, with non-objective subject matter. The notion that there are an infinite number of compositional possibilities to any 'art problem' I want to solve, even though I am limited to the  finite set of elements and principles of design as ingredients and strategies - and that within those infinite possibilities, there is no one right answer to the problem, but ideals .... divine and elusive ideals. This will forever fascinate, torture and delight me."

On the creative process ~
" I consider myself a scholar of the creative process. I began early analyzing HOW the inspiration for ideas came to mind, and how that differed from other artists I knew. Mine tend to come fully-formed, a glorious image of the finished product - including the steps necessary to get there. I don't act on every inspiration impulse (even though I long to do so) and I those that I do, don't necessarily make it to the end . . . realization, manifestation. materialization of thought to form.  I can get lost along the way and miss the mark. This cycle defines the discipline and practice of art for me.
The creative process is not magic, although it feels pretty mystical when you're working it effectively. Nor is it exclusive, only for artists or creative types. We ALL create, ALL the time. The only difference is that some people do it more consciously, deliberately, with intention. The Creative Process is  akin to the Scientific Method - distinct set of techniques for inquiry and investigation for the purpose of acquiring new knowledge and integrating previous knowledge. "