Jason Umfress


Orange County California


My concerns in painting are rooted in its formal language and histories. In response to my representational foundation I am finding direction in my works not from a blueprint but rather in a process of building up spaces and forms from which to respond. I am interested in the nonobjective build of a painting but not without acknowledging the signifiers of landscape, still life, figuration, and portraiture.



2012                          B.F.A. Laguna College of Art + Design, Laguna Beach, CA  -Magna Cum Laude

2010                         3kicks Studios, Glen Orbik Workshop, Pasadena, CA



2015                       Sinking, Sinking, Sinking: SDAI Winter Exhibition, San Diego, CA

                                 Lineage, B Minus Studios, Santa Ana, CA

                                 All Media: Annual Juried Exhibition, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA

                                 Collector's Choice, LCAD, Laguna Beach, CA

                                 Celebrate: 2015 Shelter: Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, CA

                                 LA Art Show, AR4T, Los Angeles, CA

2014                        Art and Nature, Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow, Laguna Beach, CA

                                  Black and White, Chris Sorensen Gallery, Fresno, CA

                                  Art Basel, AR4T Brain Farts, Miami, Fl

2013                         Nudes in November, Chris Sorensen Gallery, Fresno, CA

2012                         1942: Contemporary Artists Depict the Year 1942, OC Great Park, Irvine, CA

                                  Collector’s Choice, LCAD,  Laguna Beach, CA

                                   Fine Art Senior Exhibition, Seven Degrees Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

                                   All Student Juried Exhibition, LCAD

                                   Heritage Museum Art Fair, Irvine CA

2011                          De Rus Fine Arts LCAD Mentoring Program Laguna Beach, CA

                                  Gallery 793, Juried Summer Exhibition, Laguna Beach, CA

                                  Best of The Best, Juried Student Exhibition, LCAD

                                  Japan Relief Show/ Fundraiser (American Red Cross), Laguna Beach, CA

                                  Chemers Gallery, Juried Student and Faculty Exhibition, Tustin, CA

2010                        Best of the Best, Juried Student Exhibition, LCAD



2014                         First Prize, Black + White, Chris Sorensen Gallery, Fresno CA

2013                         First Prize, Nudes in November, Chris Sorensen Gallery, Fresno, CA

2012-09                  President's Honor Roll, Laguna College of Art + Design

2011                          Plotkin Memorial Scholarship Award

2009                        Merit Scholarship. Laguna College of Art + Design