Jorin Bossen is an artist and curator who was born in Lansing, Michigan. He now works and lives in Los Angeles, California and is a member of the artist collective Durden & Ray. He received his MFA in 2012 at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA (where he was first introduced to Western culture), and his BA in Art and Art History in 2002 at Kalamazoo College, MI. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibit - Dust, at The Main, in Newhall, CA - and group exhibitions including Entangled Loci, at Reuterstr. 31, in Berlin, Germany and Round Too, at Durden & Ray, Los Angeles, CA.
Bossen primarily works with oils, acrylic, and pastels to create portraiture pulling from popular culture, including musicians and Western films. His paintings have visual and tactile texturing throughout—especially noticeable in his portraits. Bossen focuses on the human figure, often highlighting and studying gesture in particular in his study of the human form.
Bossen focuses on the human subject and through color and texture. His use of unconventional colors in his artwork not only captures the subject’s personality, but also evokes specific moods from the viewer. Bossen says he finds music to be very inspiring. He goes on to share that each painting is like a song composition, with sections of songs inspiring elements of his paintings. Bossen continues to work on exploring different themes of Westerns, musicians, and portraits of people in his practice.
About the Exhibition
GOCA’s first exhibition of the 2018-19 season, Collectivity, will investigate points of connection between artists from two significant artist collectives based out of the Western United States – Hyperlink (Colorado) and Durden & Ray (Los Angeles) in concurrent exhibits across two states.