Jen Lobo - Swan Nebula

Jen Lobo – Antiquity in a Modern Light – Artist Profile

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Jen Lobo is a delicate painter with a love of nature; having grown up in the Port of Los Angeles, Lobo had a waterside life whale watching, rockpool wandering and visiting the local aquarium. As a mother she has renewed her childlike wonder and curiosity.

Jen ties folklore, legend and her own whimsical narratives into sensitive portraits of animals and sea life. Her dedication to the authentic oil painting medium shines through with her finely detailed presentation.

“The relationship of animals and humans is the recurrent theme of my work. I read about the story of the Devil Whale in a book about early folklore and mythical creatures. According to legend, sailors would anchor on the shore of small island only to have their ship overturned violently when they learn that the island is actually a large whale. In my work, I really like to take the violence out of the situation and show the action of a volatile situation in a very peaceful way. Although the sky is stormy, the ocean is somewhat still and the waves have a sort of ribbon-like aspect to them. I like the idea of retelling these antiquated stories and putting some sort of new spin on them. I also only like the essential elements to be in the composition. I want the paintings to be as simple as possible with only the necessary details. I am inspired a lot by old natural history texts and illustrations. I really love scientific theories that have long ago been discarded and early accounts of exploration. I want my work to have an element of antiquity presented in modern light.” – Jen Lobo

Jen Lobo - Devil Whale

Jen Lobo - Cling

Jen Lobo - Tug

Jen Lobo - Failed Attempts

Jen Lobo - Horse Nebula

Jen Lobo - Secrets She Keeps

Jen Lobo - Falling Out

Jen Lobo - Worlds Apart

Jen Lobo - Arizona

Jen Lobo - Oregon

Jen Lobo - When the Dog Bites

Jen Lobo - Belong 2

Jen Lobo - Odontoceti





3 Responses

  1. Janet Pickering
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    Hello, I live in the UK and have managed to purchase a print of Jen Lobo’s Devil Whale via the Nuvango gallery which I love.
    I would love to purchase other paintings by Jen Lobo, is this possible as I am finding it difficult to find a gallery or outlet for purchasing prints or paintings.
    Many thanks for any help with my query.
    Janet Pickering

    • WOW x WOW
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      Hi Janet, it’s very nice to meet you and thanks for visiting WxW 🙂

      I’m aware that Jen will have a new painting in the upcoming ‘Suggestivism: Resonance’ exhibit, which opens at Spoke Art in San Francisco on the 1st of September. It might be a good idea to join their mailing list and you will then be emailed a preview of the show before it opens to the public. You could also contact Jen directly, as I’m sure that she would be very willing to let you know what other works she has available and where. You can find her email on her website here:

      Hope this helps!


    • Lauren
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      Hi Janet, could I ask where you got your print of Devil Whale? My dad saw it in a pub and loves it so I really want to get a print as a present for him. Thanks, Lauren

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