Jean Foos was born in Rochester, NY.
Foos is a NYC based visual artist. Primarily an abstract painter, she is currently developing ceramic pieces that play with the same grid structure and tactile qualities of her paintings. Along with painting, Jean has a passion for design that archives and elevates the work of her fellow artists—poets, painters, photographers, and performers. A book of her postcard drawings (over other artists’ gallery invitations), Cannonball Lagoon, has been published by Ragged Sky Press. Her graphic work has recently appeared in BOMB Magazine and in the Brooklyn Museum’s Agitprop! exhibition.
She moved to NYC to attend Cooper Union and lived in the East Village for many years. Jean first had a studio at 32 Union Square East, and later moved many times to work in Soho, Bronx and the garment district. Her current studio is in Long Island City, NY.
She has been granted a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and has been nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
Galleries in Berlin, Rome, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Newark, Toledo and New York have shown her work.
Foos has been granted studio fellowships and residencies in Rome, Provincetown and on Governors Island.
Recently she had work in a group show at Materials for the Arts Gallery and participated in the LIC Arts Open Exhibitions.
Currently she is planning for an exhibition that revisit the Pier 34 era. It is curated by Jonathan Weinberg at Hunter College's art gallery on Canal Street.
Above photo copyright Andreas Sterzing. Painting a room at the abandoned Pier 34 (at Canal and Spring Streets), in a show loosely organized by David Wojnarowicz and Mike Bidlo. 1982