Steve Jensen

Steve Jensen - RED OYSTER BOAT

Artist Statement

For the past two decades, I have developed a body of sculptural work derived from my experiences and the landscapes I encounter. The experiences encompass both my heritage and a broader contemporary circumstance. The landscape is our seas, waterways, forests, and mountains. The abundant beauty of the world's available natural resources and the precariousness of the relationship that we maintain with them inspire me. It is this relationship that powers my Carvings .

This artwork begins as homage to its source media. All of the wood used in Carvings is naturally felled. No living tree has or will be cut for the sake of this work. I come from a long tradition of Norwegian fishermen and boat builders. The chisels I use have been passed from my grandfather to my father to me. The craftsmanship of my work speaks to the universality and the timelessness of carving.

This work uses the primitive tradition of carving to abstractly explore a synthesis of contemporary circumstances. It explores the relationships we maintain with each other and our world. The emerging globalism of art is inherent to Carvings. Images from my heritage have been expanded over the past few years by my travels through many countries including Egypt, Kenya, Tahiti, India, China, and Thailand. I have found the universal expression of carving throughout each of the cultures I have encountered. It serves as a vehicle for imagery that is inspired by our varying experiences, as well as the natural resources from which we all benefit.





Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA

Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angles, WA

Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA



Gallery One Art Center, Ellensburg, WA 2010

Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA  2007

San Juan Islands Museum of Art, Friday Harbor, WA  2006

Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle WA   2001, 1998, 1987

Museum of Northwest Art (3 person show), La Conner, WA   2004

Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA   2004

Anacortes Art Museum, Anacortes, WA  2003

Bellevue Arts Museum & Commission, Bellevue, WA  2002

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angeles, WA   2001

Edmonds Arts Museum, Edmonds, WA  2000, 2006

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR  1999

Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA  1996

Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA   1996, 2002



Absolut Vodka

AT&T, Seattle, WA

H2O Corporation, Chicago, IL

Harris Bank, Chicago, IL

Kenwood Vineyards, Kenwood, CA

Kimco Hotels, San Francisco

Neiman-Marcus, Dallas; Paramus, NJ; Beverly Hills; Honolulu, HI

Raffles City, Singapore

20th Century Fox, Los Angeles, CA



Jinan International Sculpture Garden                             Jinan City Sculpture Office, Jinan, China

City of Olympia, WA                                                            Art in Public Places

Greenbridge                                                                          King County Housing, Seattle, WA

Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR                                                 Regional Arts & Culture Council, OR

Cannon Beach Park                                                           Cannon Beach Arts Council, OR.

I-90 Park                                                                                Mercer Island Arts Commission, WA

Centennial Park                                                                   Arlington Arts Commission, WA

Three Friends Fishing Hole Park                                     City of Kent Arts Commission, WA                                                    

Central Production Studio, Clearwater, FL                     Pinellas County Cultural Affairs, FL

Hekinan City Hall, Hekinan, Japan                                  Edmonds Arts Commission, WA

Edmonds Waterfront                                                           Edmonds Arts Commission, WA

Emerald Ridge High School, Puyallup, WA                   Washington State Arts Commission, WA

Everett Events Center, Everett, WA                                  Everett Arts Commission, WA

Dawson Park, Longmont, CO                                           Art in Public Places, CO

Robert Gray Elementary School, Aberdeen, WA           Washington State Arts Commission, WA

Roundabout, Bend, OR                                                      Art in Public Places, OR

Dumas Bay Centre, Federal Way, WA                             Federal Way Arts Commission, WA

Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA                                              Washington State Arts Commission, WA  

Issaquah Public Library, Issaquah, WA                          King County Arts Commission, WA

UW Medical Center, Seattle, WA                                      University of Washington Arts Council, WA

Maple Lane School, Centralia, WA                                  Washington State Arts Commission, WA

University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK                               Alaska Percent For Art, AK

South Hill Precinct, Tacoma, WA                                      Pierce County Arts Commission, WA

University of North Florida , Jacksonville, FL                 Florida Art in State Buildings, FL

City Courthouse, Seattle, WA                                            Seattle Arts Commission, WA

Lake Stevens High School, Lake Stevens, WA             Washington State Arts Commission, WA

Denver General Hospital, Denver, CO                            Morton College, Cicero, IL 

Mayor’s Office Of Art, CULTURE & FILM, CO                 Minnesota State Arts Board, MN

Chicago Arts Commission, IL                                           Portable Works Collection, Seattle, WA

Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla, WA      Washington State Arts Commission, WA

Yakima Valley Community College, Grandview, WA    Seattle Arts Commission, WA       



Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID & Seattle, WA   2012, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1994 

Hawk Galleries, Cleveland & Columbus, OH  2001, 2004, 2006

RC Gallery, Portland, OR  2005

Vanier Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ   2001

Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA  2002, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1992, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1985, 1983

Simon Edwards Gallery, Yakima, WA  2009, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2000, 1998

Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1999

Buschlen Mowatt Galleries, Vancouver, BC 2004

Shidoni Foundry And Galleries, Tesuque, NM  2005

Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC  1997

Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA    2000

Focal Point Gallery, New York, NY  1995, 1992

Art & Soul, Hong Kong  1992

Northpoint Gallery, Huntington, NY  1992

Stevenson Gallery, Ashland, OR  1992

Nina Owen Ltd., Chicago, IL  1991

A New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA   1991

Perkinson Gallery, Decatur IL  1991

University Gallery, PLU, Tacoma, WA  1990



2014   “Original Voices” Ken Saunders Gallery Chicago, IL

“FILTERED; What does love look like?” Friesen Gallery Sun Valley, ID

“Ethnobotany: An Artist Study of Plants” Botanical Conservatory Metro Parks Tacoma, WA

“Percival Project” Sculpture in the Park, City of Olympia

“The Sea and Sky” Smith and Valle Gallery Edison, WA

2013   “New Glass Art Form Seattle” Baisden Gallery Tampa, FL

“Boats and Vessels” Northwest Gallery Cannon Beach, OR

“New Glass Art” Benders Gallery Ashville, NC

2011   “The Silver Summit,” Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

2010   “Speak For The Trees,” Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA

2009   “Speak for the Trees,” Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

2007   21st Anniversary Group Exhibition, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

"Migration", Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA

"Corners.Contour," Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA

2006   “20TH Anniversary Exhibition”, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

"Alignment," Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA

2004   Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner WA

Morris Graves Museum, Eureka CA

2003   "Journey Point," Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA

Anacortes Art Museum, Anacortes WA

2002   Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA

Bellevue Arts Museum & Commission, Bellevue WA

Larson Art Museum, Yakima, WA

Riley Hawk Galleries, Cleveland, OH

2001   Friesen Galley, Celebrating 15 years, Sun Valley, ID

Riley Hawk Galleries, Cleveland, OH

Vanier Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ

Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA

Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle WA

Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR

2000   Foster/White, Seattle, WA

Simon Edwards, Yakima, WA

Margo Jacobson Gallery, Portland, OR

Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA

Peace Arch Park, Blaine, WA

Bellevue Sculpture Park, Bellevue, WA

Edmonds Arts Festival Museum, Edmonds, WA

1999   "Millennium Celebration", Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR

Foster/White Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Seattle, WA

1998   Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA

Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA

Grants Pass Art Museum, Solo Exhibition, Grants Pass, OR

Simon Edwards Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Yakima, WA

1997   "The Garden Show", Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

Fay Gold Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Atlanta, GA

Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

1996   "Celebrating Ten Years", Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

Europride Tour, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1996   Larsen Art Museum, Yakima, WA

Maryhill Art Museum, Goldendale, WA

Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA

Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR

1995   "Fifth Anniversary Exhibition", Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA

"Enchantment", Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

"Forest Poles", Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

"Photo Metal", Focal Point Gallery, New York, NY

"Sculpture", Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA

"Steel Images", The Art Center, Mount Clemens, MI

"Sculpture/Sculptor", Utah State University Museum, Logan, UT

1994   "Beached Treasures", Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

"Island Poles", Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA

Akehurst Gallery, London, England

"Sculpture/Sculptor", SCP Gallery, Kansas City, MO

"Steel Photographs", Gallery 8, Portland, OR

"Kaleidoscope", Mercer Hood Gallery, Seattle, WA

"Sculpture/Sculptor", Eastern Washington University, Spokane, WA

"Splash", Zone IV Gallery, Dayton, OH

"Classical Figures", Utah State University Museum, Logan, UT

1993   "Exposed Steel", View Point Gallery, Sacramento, CA

"Classical Images", Northcutt Steele Gallery, Billings, MT

"Exposed", Warehouse Gallery, Yakima, WA

"Steel Dancers", Gallery 8, Portland, OR

"Suspended", University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NE

"Whirlpools", Main Street Gallery, Napa, CA

1992   "Water Dancers", Art & Soul, Hong Kong

"Current Works, Connecticut Photo, Danbury, CT

"24 Images", Northport Gallery, Huntington, NY

"Sculpture/Sculptor", Toporowicz Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

"Steel Dancers", Focal Point Gallery, New York, NY

"Photos in Steel", Stevenson Gallery, Ashland, OR

1991   "Splash", Nina Owen Ltd., Chicago, IL

"Oyster Bay Series", Adams East Museum, Moses Lake, WA

"Classical Forms", University Gallery, Shepherd, WV

"Pacific Currents", New Leaf Gallery, Richmond, CA

"Sculptured Photos", Perkinson Gallery, Decatur, IL

1990   "Sailworks", University Gallery, PLU Tacoma, WA

"Form and Figure", White Gallery, Portland, OR

"Body & Mind", Ariel Gallery, New York, NY

1987   "Currents Sculpture", Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA

1986   "Sea Notes", Karl Mann Gallery, New York, NY

1985   Foster/White Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Seattle, WA      

1984   Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA



Bank of America, Seattle, Washington   2002

Bellevue Arts Museum & Commission   2002

Larson Art Museum   2002

Sea-Tac International Airport  2002

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center    2001

Sky Harbor Art Museum, Phoenix Airport   2001

Seattle Art Museum   2001

Edmonds Arts Museum  2001, 2000

Kirkland Art Center  2001, 2000

Seattle Center’s Children’s Museum  2000

St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle, WA  2000

Nordic Heritage Museum    2000



“Dramatic Carvings” Robin Updike, The Seattle Times, July 12, 2001

“Seattle Artist Brings Work to Museum” Patrick Williams, USU Information, October 2001

“Steve Jensen at Mercer Hood” David S. Paulson, SGN, July 2000

“Steve Jensen: Artist Making Waves” Andrew Woodley, Our World, April 1994

“Fluid Forms” Chris Loughner, Alaska Airlines Magazine, July 1994

“An Ocean of Steel, A Forest of the Mind” David S. Paulson, SGN, May 22, 1994

“Robust Sculptures” Robin Updike, The Seattle Times, May 12, 1994

“The Line Between Air and Sea” Lee Gross, Eastside Week, August 15, 1993

“Fleisch Und Metall” Craig Williams, Euros, Berlin, October 1993

“Timely Issues” Phyllis Braff, The New York Times, March 15, 1992

“Contemporary Art with Excitement” Elizabeth Wix, Newsday, March 6, 1992

“Steve Jensen: Sculptor/Sculpture” Homologie, Amsterdam, August 1992

“Sculptures Linked to the Sea” David Hirsch, San Francisco Bay Reporter, November 1991

“Steve Jensen, Oxidation Series” Richard Campbell, Seattle Post Intelligencer, June 1993



Artwork for AID NW Aids Foundation Chairperson 4 years

Poncho Art Auction Chairperson 2 years

Design& Painted Set for Whim Whim Dance Co.

Commission by Absolut Vodka for Print Ad

Two Paintings “Zero Gravity Art” project, First Art Exhibition in Outer Space with Richard Garriott



Morris Graves Fellowship, Morris Graves Foundation, 2002

Artist Award, PONCHO, 2002

Artist Grant, Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, 2000

Artist in Residence, Maple Lane Juvenile Detention Center, 2000

King County Special Projects Grant, King County Arts Commission, 1998, 2001

Individual Artist Grant, Allied Arts Foundation, 1998

Seattle Artist, Seattle Arts Commission, 1997

GAP Individual Artist Grant, Artist Trust, 1997

Community Leadership Award, Cornish College of the Arts, 1997

Ned Behnke Leadership Award, Northwest AIDS Foundation, 1995

Exhibition Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, 1991