Join us for a special tour with artist and collector Jason Pickleman, owner of JNL graphic design and Lawrence & Clark Gallery. The tour will be held at the JNL graphic design studio where Jason Pickleman will speak about his collection how he began collecting.
Bridging the gap between fine and commercial art, Jason Pickleman (b. 1965) has created a body of work both conceptual and popular, applying media as varied as neon, offset printing, silkscreen, collage and photography. Pickleman’s studio, the JNL graphic design, was begun in 1992 and specializes in the creation of graphic ephemera of unique cultural significance. Exhibition catalogues, art objects, informational propaganda and generally exotic cultural paraphernalia for clients such as Blackbird, Avec, Publican, The Wit, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Renaissance Society and Harrington College of Design, all bear the imprint of the studio’s unique vision. Pickleman was included in the 2007 exhibition Young Chicago at the Art Institute of Chicago, and his work has subsequently been placed into the museum’s permanent collection.
Pickleman purchased his first serious contemporary work in January 1988 from the Randolph Street Gallery, a series of printing plates by Chicago artist Jin Lee. Additional acquisitions soon followed by Tom Friedman, Tony Tasset, Judy Ledgerwood, Jeanne Dunning and Sterling Ruby. The collection tends to be Chicago-centric, with most works produced in, or shown in, Chicago. Recent collection highlights include multiple works from Puppies Puppies and butt prints by Kembra Pfahler.