Max Jansons lives and works in Santa Monica, California. He received an MFA from Columbia University and BFA from University of California. He has exhibited in multiple galleries from Los Angeles, New York and Seattle and been reviewed in The LA Times, The New York Times, Artforum, among others — most recently in the Hollywood Reporter. He has work in four public collections.
Max Jansons work focuses on paintings’ aptitude for intimacy and quaintness, and a slow visual experience. He works from various subjects within the same body of paintings, with images that can include a vase of flowers, a childhood hero, sailboats, or an abstract shape, visual objects that play a role in his quotidian life. The history of painting is folded into the subject of his work. Jansons explores that relationship in multiple ways, but especially with the use of ancient materials like linen primed with lead or paints ground in aged oil and pigments whose sources are now extinct. The process of reinvigoration of the old, antiquated, and sometimes forgotten is a central theme to Jansons work.

Max Jansons next show “Seven Samurai” opens at Five Car Garage in November 2016.

Selected works

%22Bolivia!%22, 41%22x36%22, oil on linen
photo 3
photo 1
%22Kimono%22, 30%22x36%22, oil on linen
“Let Yourself Go”, 36”x40”, oil on linen
%22Peonies%22, 18%22X16%22, oil on linen
%22Two Orchids%22, 13%22x11%22, 13%22x11%22, oil on linen, (diptych)
%22Lilac%22, 18%22x16%22, oil on linen
%22Me and Strawberry%22 low
%22Victory%22, 15%22x12%22 & 13%22x11%22, oil on linen (diptych)
%22Afternoon Ceremony%22, 15%22x12%22 & 13%22x11%22, oil on linen (diptych)
%22Bandito%22, 15%22x12%22 & 13%22x11%22, oil on linen (diptych)
%22I Heart Ellsworth Kelly%22, 11%22x15%22, oil on linen (1)

Max Jansons

Born in New York, N.Y. 1974
Lives and works in Santa Monica, CA.


1998 Columbia University, New York, MFA
1996 University of California at Los Angeles, BFA

Solo Exhibitions
2015 Max Jansons, Farm to Table, Grice Bench, Los Angeles, CA, Sep-Oct

2014 Max Jansons, Freedom, Ocean Park Studio, May-June

2013 Max Jansons, Ocean Park, Ocean Park Studio, April-May
2011 Max Jansons, Freewheelin’, GRAHAM, New York, NY
2010 Max Jansons, Love, GRAHAM, New York, NY June-August.

2008 Max Jansons, Pleasure, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA September-October.

2007 Max Jansons, Field Notes, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA March-April.

2006 Max Jansons: Paintings, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, April – May.

2005 Max Jansons: Paintings, Wooster Arts Space, New York, NY, May – June.

2004 Max Jansons: Recent Drawings, Wooster Arts Space, New York, NY, Nov – Jan.

Group Exhibitions

2016 Synaesthesia, Five Car Garage, Santa Monica, CA
2015 And There Is an End 2, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
2015 And There Is an End, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Woods: Lovely, Dark, and Deep, DC Moore Gallery, New York City, curated by John Zinsser
2012 Baker’s Dozen, Torrance Art Museum
2010 GRAHAM, New York
2010 Fall Salon, Kinkead Contemporary, Culver City, CA
2010 Christopher Grimes Gallery at the Pacific Design Center, Pacific Design Center,
Hollywood, CA

2009 Abstractionists Unite! Who Give You Just Enough to Last a Lifetime, curated by Nancy
Chaikin, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA

2006 Christopher Grimes Gallery at Art Forum, Art Forum Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2000 Far Out, View Room Exhibitions, New York, NY., Curated by Joseph Roeder.

1998 Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Columbia University, New York, NY.

1996 Some Dumb Fun, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, curated by David Pagel. 26 Positions, Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Gallery, New York, NY.


2016 Degen Pener, “A Truly Great Artist Is Not A Gun For Hire”, The Hollywood Reporter, January 29.
2015 David Pagel, “And There Is an End – but no end to its goofy appeal”, Los Angeles Times, March 21.

2014 David Pagel, “Critics Choice: Max Jansons Relishes Freedom”, Los Angeles Times, June 18

2013 David Pagel, “Critics Choice: Potently Out of Step”, Los Angeles Times, May 3rd

2012 Doug McClemont, “Max Jansons, Graham”, Artnews January Issue

2011 Mario Naves, “Painting Silly and Smart, Take the Jansons & Chisholm Challenge”, CityArts, October 12, 2011

2008 David Pagel, “An artist’s record of his daily life”, Los Angeles Times, September 26th
Micol Hebron, “Critic’s Picks”. Artforum, September 18th
Ed Schad, “Thoughts on a Year in Art, Top Ten 2008”, I call it Oranges, December 22

2007 Christopher Knight, “Painting Gets a Broader Brush”, Los Angeles Times, December 2
Edward Wyatt, “The Art’s Here. Where’s the Crowd?”, NY Times, March 25th

2006 David Pagel, “Painting a la Sculpting, Drafting”, LA Times, August 4th
Ruth Marcus, “Art Opening”, Flavorpill, April 11
David Pagel, “When Feelings Are In Conflict”, LA Times, May 12th

DRA Fellowship, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Public Collections
The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, HI
The Capital Group
The Progressive Corporation
Century America Corporation