Jen Tough Gallery

Icarus: So Close to the Sun 3, 54” X 48”, acrylic on Polyflax, 2013

Icarus: So Close to the Sun 3, 54” X 48”, acrylic on Polyflax, 2013

Solstice, 48” X 54”, acrylic on Polyflax, 2011

Solstice, 48” X 54”, acrylic on Polyflax, 2011

Wandering Cloud, 25” X 25”, acrylic on Polyflax, 2015

Wandering Cloud, 25” X 25”, acrylic on Polyflax, 2015

Forty Years Since Charlie Brown, 50” X 54”, acrylic on Polyflax, 2009

Forty Years Since Charlie Brown, 50” X 54”, acrylic on Polyflax, 2009

Smoke Signal 2, 26” X 25”, acrylic on Polyflax, 2015

Smoke Signal 2, 26” X 25”, acrylic on Polyflax, 2015

Currents 3, 25” X 25”, acrylic on Polyflax, 2011

Currents 3, 25” X 25”, acrylic on Polyflax, 2011

Selected Private Collectors
Lois and Richard Abraham, Joel and Joan Abramowitz, Susan Ammann, Arthur M. Anton, Ray Ashley, Victor and Joyce Arbogast, Rosalie Askew, Daniel H. Asturias, Paul and Merrily Beyreuther, Nordin and Donna Blacker, Peter Bryant, Karla Albright & Chris Burkhart, Cathy & Art Burns, Jean Burrows, Louis and Jolene Cole, Mary Contini, Tom and Nancy Cook, Virginia Couse and Ernest Leavitt, Bob & Jacquie Cowden, Frank Cunningham, Martha Daly, Richard Davidson, Julie Van Dewark, Pat Dryan, Wendy & Ken Eng, Helena Ferradini, Linda Hill Ferrari, Louise Forbush, Zelma Goldstein, Stafford Grady, Jamie and Joe Green, Carlos & Sandy Hall, Margaret Hardy, Patty & John Henry, Madeleine Hermann, Phoebe & Sam Huang, Judee Humberg, Judy Ilgen, Stuart Kaplan and Barbara Meislin, Carol Hanagan Kavalaris, Kayla Kennington, Andrew Ko, Ronni and Bernard Lacroute, Jeffrey Lee, Sou Ching Loo, Tal and Marilyn Luther, Gwen Mallory, Elizabeth & Kenneth Meyerhoff, Ralph Moon, Cheryl and Cameron Moredock-Ting, Thao Anh Nguyen, Marge Reading, Jean Richards, Fawn Powers and Roger Poyner, Lourna Robinson, Robert and Cindy Rockwood, Dianne and John Ryan, Margaret Sabovich, Susan Sano, La Verle Sheffield, Nori Shiba, Vicki Shiba, Greg Siehl, Susan Sukuma, Monette Thorrez, Shefali and Clarence Ting, Alyssa Ure, Bill Ziegler, Joseph and Eva Zirker

 

Mimi Chen Ting

"I was born into a household with three women who had bound feet: Great Grandmother, Grandmother and Sixth Great Aunt. We lived together in an old house in Shanghai with a garret where all the children slept.  One of my earliest memories was the excitement on the morning I was finally allowed to pick out my own bar of brown sugar from the secret jar, from which all sweetness flowed.  Another was my stepping onto the sill of an open window, a cool wind on my face; I reached toward the patch of blue-grey sky, willing to fly.  Voices behind me screamed, “No! Stop! Do not move!”

 Those words became the mantra for most of my upbringing.  They were to prevent me from being struck by whatever misfortune might be waiting in ambush.  In order to keep familial peace, I became adept at being still, and learned to thrive in stealth and silence.  Imagination was my window for escape…"

Mimi Chen Ting (b. 1946) is a painter, printmaker, and performance artist who lives and works in Taos, New Mexico and Sausalito California. She is best known for her elegant, abstract and semi-abstract images of figures and landscapes and for the sense of dynamism and wonder that they evoke.

Born in Shanghai, China, Mimi spent her childhood and teenage years in Hong Kong. In 1965 Mimi moved to San Francisco, California to pursue dual degrees in Sociology and English Literature at the San Francisco College of Women (now part of the University of San Francisco). After her third year at college—and a year of social field work—Mimi changed her major to art and transferred to California State University in San Jose where she earned her BA in Art in 1969.

One San Jose faculty member in particular—watercolorist Eric Oback— made a powerful impression on Mimi by urging her to listen to her colors and find her own way of painting, and most important of all, to “let the how follow the what”.

He also introduced me to the Lucien Labaudt Gallery where I had my first show in 1970 of paintings mainly done in his class and some working in the corner of my bedroom lined with newspaper, while my infant daughter slept and played among pillows in our bed.

In the years that followed, Mimi was involved in painting and printmaking—she made etchings, serigraphs and monotypes—while also studying dance. When her children were of an age where their needs made time for focused studio work more difficult to manage, Mimi explored performance work integrating both static and kinetic elements. She completed her MA in painting in 1976. In 1981 Mimi became one of four founding members of a modern dance company and also began teaching drawing and design at the college level.

In 1988, with her children becoming young adults, Mimi began her second migratory arc when she impulsively purchased a one-room house on the mesa in Taos, New Mexico. Since then, Mimi has gained continuous inspiration from the ever-changing vistas, uncompromising grandeur and spectacular weather patterns of Taos. These forces and images have found their way into her recent work in the forms of her choice of palette, heightened contrasts and sinuous contours.

Since 2000, Mimi and her husband have divided their time between Taos and Sausalito, where they often stay for long periods in the fall and spring. The Bay Area provides a connection to family—including her children and grandchildren in Oakland—and a travel base from which she could fly to Hong Kong to visit her mother while she lived. A self-described “opera, NPR and chamber music addict,” Mimi loves gardening and science fiction, practices yoga, and thinks hard about the world’s most pressing geopolitical and environmental concerns.

 “I spend everyday working in either of my studios with my dog,” Mimi comments, “and am generally quite happy and grateful.”

Mimi’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums, galleries, and educational institutions throughout the United States and abroad, and can be found in numerous public, corporate, and private collections.  She received the Agnes Martin Award for Abstract Painting and Drawing in 2012.

Mission

"When I draw and paint, I am that child from long ago, filled with wonder, unbound by gravity. My work springs from a desire to churn stillness into motion, forge action upon the static. Everything, mundane or esoteric, inspires me. Making pictures is my way of making sense and ordering the universe. When colors and contours engage dynamically and emphatically, they crystallize life’s elusive meanings and transitory moments, inviting empathy and harmony. This is liberating and restorative work, and I am happy to answer its call.

A persistent feeling of sublime urgency makes doing this work impossible to resist. On this seemingly arduous venture, I am honored to be among many who are skilled in the art of tenacious acceptance… We just lean into the wind and keep on trucking." —Mimi Chen Ting

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2014 Strands, Art Beatus, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2013 On the Move, Hulse/Warman Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
  • 2013 In the Groove, Encore Gallery, Taos Center for the Arts, Taos, New Mexico
  • 2013 Off the Wall, The Historical Taos Inn, Taos, New Mexico
  • 2012 Between Space n’ Time, Harwood Museum of Art, Curator’s Wall, Taos, New Mexico
  • 2011 Twists and Turns, Art Beatus, Hong Kong, China
  • 2008 Tangles and Ties, Art Beatus, Hong Kong, China
  • 2008 Confetti, Loka Art Space, Taos, New Mexico
  • 2007 D’Adamo/Woltz Gallery, Seattle, Washington
  • 2005 Three Paintings, The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico
  • 2005 Time Tracks, Thomson Hall Gallery, Sausalito, California
  • 2005 Belvedere-Tiburon Public Library, Tiburon, California
  • 1999 Quantum Corporation Galleries, Milpitas, California
  • 1997 Maude Kerne Art Center, Eugene, Oregon
  • 1995 Art for the Wall, Los Gatos Fine Arts Commission, Los Gatos, California
  • 1994 New Works, d.p. Fong Galleries, San Jose, California
  • 1993 New Works, Taos Fine Art Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
  • 1992 New Works, Twin Cranes Gallery, Seattle, Washington
  • 1992 Paintings and Prints, Oakland Museum Collectors Gallery, Oakland, California
  • 1992 Of Fact and Fiction, The University of Arizona Rotunda Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
  • 1992 Beyond Figuration, Merced College Art Gallery, Merced, California
  • 1991 Monotypes and Paintings, Stanford University Center for Integrated Studies, Palo Alto, California
  • 1991 Recent Works, Santa Clara County Arts Council, San Jose, California
  • 1990 Just Pictures, Rosicrucian Museum Contemporary Gallery, San Jose, California
  • 1988 Paper Works, Mission College Gallery, Santa Clara, California
  • 1988 Monotypes, Allegra Gallery, San Jose, California
  • 1987 Works on Paper, Asian Resource Gallery, Oakland, California
  • 1986 Monotypes, Oakland Museum Collectors Gallery, Oakland, California
  • 1979 Jujube waves and Related Matters, California State University Gallery, San Jose, California
  • 1970 Lucien Labaudt Gallery, San Francisco, California

Selected Public and Corporate Collectors
Advance Micro Device, CA
A.G. & Associates, CA
American Telegraph and Telephone, CA
Apollo Corporation, AZ
California Bankers Association, CA
Cheatham and Skovronski Law Offices, CA
Caroon and Black Insurance Inc., CA
Annie Wong Art Foundation, Hong Kong
Good Samaritan Hospital, CA
Harwood Museum, NM
Kaiser Permanente Hospitals, CA
Megatest Inc., CA
Nordin Blacker Law Offices, CA
Norman Lariviere Law Offices, CA
Pacific Bell Inc., CA
Pacific Eye Specialists, CA
Pillsbury, Madison & Sotro Inc., CA
Read-Rite Corporation, CA
Robert J. Pope & Associates, CA
Roger Poyner Law Offices, CA
SBC Communications, CA
Sperling Fine Arts, CA
Spieker Partners, CA
Stanford University Hospital, CA
Stevens Music and Violin Shop, CA
University of Phoenix, AZ
Xerox Corporation, CA