Jan Wall


Added Mar 23, 2019

Cedar Mesa


Added May 20, 2014

This painting shows my father in his early twenties. He has just bought the gas station and grocery store in New Deal, Texas, and he's very proud to have escaped his father's farm. The painting shows the bright morning in that harsh country.

I was born there a few years later. I attended Texas Tech, did postgraduate work at UC Berkeley, and taught English on fellowships at Tech and at UCB. I spent a summer at Stanford on a Danforth Fellowship. I was a Josephine Miles Fellow at Berkeley and assistant professor of English as part of that fellowship.

I have taught at Texas Tech, Amarillo College, Laney College in downtown Oakland, California,at UC Berkeley, and at the College of the Virgin Islands. At Laney, where I taught for 40 years, I studied art with Bill Snider, who used the techniques of the Dutch masters to paint Disney characters.

Retirement has given me time to paint in earnest, and to explore different types of paintings, landscapes, news events, surrealism. In September, 2013, Artmajeur honored me with a Silver Award.

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Spring Forward at Expressions

Added May 16, 2014

Expressions Gallery at 2035 Ashby in Berkeley, California, is showing Spring Forward until July 11, 2014.

The exhibit contains a variety of paintings, photographs, compositions, jewelry, textiles, and digital prints.

Poetry readings on May 16, June 20, and July 18.  Comedy nights May 19, June 13, and July 11.  I'll be at the gallery on May 30, glad to show you around.  Jan

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Glenview Cottage Industry Holiday Show

Added Nov 8, 2013

30 artists and artisans will offer their arts and crafts: furniture, jewelry, paintings, photographs, food, and more.


Park Boulevard Presbyterian Church, corner of Park and Hampel, Oakland, California.  Nov, 16, 10-4.  

I will be showing Rim Fire, Yosemite, as well as smaller pieces.  Special holiday prices.

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International Day of Peace

Added Sep 12, 2013

Art on the Balcony is showing an exhibit dealing with Peace.  Exhibit opens Sept. 28, reception 5:30 to 8.  Come early!  I'll be showing Tidepools at Chimney Rock and Truce. ,

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water is life

Added Aug 17, 2013

New exhibit at Art on the Balcony, reception August 24, 5:30-8:00, Saturday. Showing After the Tsunami, Fish Life, Tina. Exhibit continues until Sept. 28.

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Summer of Love

Added Aug 13, 2013

My painting, Dark Horse, was awarded 2nd place in the exhibit.  Also showing:  Kaehaiwawelo, a new painting of a couple jumping boulders in Hawaii, Chubby Nude.

For the exhibit at Art on the Balcony from August 24 to Sept. 28, Water is Life, I'm showing Fish Life, After the Tsunami, and Tina.  Currently, I'm working on a small painting, Peace, of a couple who seem to have been fighting.  Their dog lies exhausted on his back in the foreground, and an astronaut stands against the back wall.  A painting in the background seems to represent the rape of somebody.

I'll be opening the new studio in September, and Sharon and I are getting pretty excited about it.  It will be wonderful to have a more organized space for work and art storage.

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New exhibit at Art on the Balcony

Added Jun 11, 2013

I will have 2 or 3 oil paintings on display at Art on the Balcony, formerly CK Gallery, beginning June 20 through July 18.  The theme is "The Masculine in Art."

The pieces are "2013:   Collapse", "Demp," and maybe "Safe!" a baseball painting.  Reception is June 20, Thursday, 5-9 p.m.  Art on the Balcony is in the Courtyard Mall, 4125 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA.

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Press release

Added May 12, 2013

Bay Area Open Studios, June 2, 3, 11, 12, 2011. Frank Ogawa Gallery. Go to Pro Arts, EBOS California for more information. My own studio will be open Saturday, June 11, 9 to 3.

CK Gallery, March 24 until April 20, will show a small painting of mine, Untitled 2012; reception March 24, 5-7 p.m

Alameda Alliance for the Arts will be showing The Beach at Drake's Bay as part of Cross Currents, July 6-28, 2012. Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Avenue. 510-521-1233

CK Gallery, May 2012, will be showing Arab Spring.

East Bay Open Studios: June 2-3, 9-10, 2012. My own Open Studio will be cancelled due to family medical emergency. To get an idea of the year's work, go to janwall and see the gallery "When Will There Be Good News?" More to come.

East Bay Open Studios, 2012, June 2-3 and 9-10. My own Open Studio will be cancelled because of a medical emergency in the family. If you'd like to get an idea of the year's work, go to janwall, and see the gallery "When Will There Be Good News?"

The Beach at Drake's Bay will be part of the Alameda Alliance for the Arts exhibition at the Alameda

Museum, July 6-28, 2324 Alameda Ave, Alameda.

A small surrealist painting, The Clown Fisherman, will be on exhibit at CK Gallery, 4125 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, from Aug. 11-Sept. 7, 2012. Won a 3rd place award.

Afternoon in a Bar is on display at CK Gallery, 4125 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, through November.

Two paintings, The Expulsion from Eden and The Ascension of Saul Berger, will be on display at the CK Gallery, 4125 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA, through January.

Ten or twelve of my oil paintings will be exhibited at Arrivederci Cafe in San Rafael, CA, from Jan. 5 to Jan. 22.

The Beach at Drake's Bay is on exhibit at CK Gallery from Feb. 9, 2013, to March 27th. 4125 Piedmont, Oakland, CA, in the Courtyard Mall.

Compadres is on loan to Rumbo al Sur, corner of Park Blvd. and Wellington, Oakland, CA, indefinitely.

Glenview Cottage Industries Exhibition, May 11, 2013. Park Blvd Presbyterian Church. Showing 12 paintings, mostly landscapes and small decorative pieces.

Art on the Balcony, 4125 Piedmont, Oakland, CA. Exhibit Persephone. Showing Tsunami. May 16-June 20, 2013. Reception May 16, 5-9.

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The Stairs

Added Apr 22, 2007

I'm just finishing this painting of an old man pulling himself up the stairs to his fourth floor apartment. I began with a photo in the San Francisco Chronicle, by Mike Kepke. It illustrated a story about an 80 year old man who left his apartment only once a day, because the climb upstairs was so difficult for him. The story went on to discuss the ways the city supports the old man, and the ways in which it fails him.

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