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Abstract painting and much more …

            “Creating is a balancing act and — like life itself — often full of contradictions. So is my art: full of visual and emotional opposites. My analytic approach conflicts with the side that wants to be uncontrolled and adventurous. The art now is to bring all visually together: the calm and controlled side of a painting with its vivid and loose counterpart, balanced into harmonic co-existence. This way I create works in a unique style, that gives each piece its own strong presence and personality.” 
                                                   — Jack N. Mohr

Jack N. Mohr, a native of Berlin, Germany, studied Art and Visual Communication at the State University for Creative Arts in Berlin (now University of Arts) and graduated with the equivalent of Masters’ degree in Graphic Design. See his design work here. He sees design and free art as two sides of the same coin — on one side creating under constraints with a determined goal and purpose and on the other side free exploration. Though working in both fields, he is focused on creating abstract expressionist art now.

Beginning in the late 1960s with collages, drawings and paintings on paper, Jack N. Mohr also explored photography and printmaking. Later — for several years — he was concentrated on sculptural work, mostly working with ceramics. He returned to painting when the shared ceramics studio was closed.

Jack N. Mohr came to California in 1997 and lives in Santa Barbara since. His art has been shown in numerous galleries and institutions in the United States as well as in Germany before. He was also the organizer and curator of art and design exhibitions and a judge for competitions and art prizes. Posters designed by JACK N. MOHR are represented in the collections of two museums in Berlin and his art can be found in various corporate collections and over a hundred private homes .

Though concentrating on painting now, Jack N. Mohr has explored a variety of different artistic expressions, including sculpture, collage and assemblage, printmaking (etching, lithography, monotypes), drawing, and also photography. Occasionally he is still wandering off into those artistic fields, merging styles and combining techniques. At times for studying a new material or process, but sometimes just for some creative experimenting. 

Out of the many paintings and other works created by Jack N. Mohr only those are presented here on this website that are still available. Go to the overview >

2017   Trilogy : Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2017   Balanced : Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2015   Here Now : Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2015   Then There : Karpeles Museum, Santa Barbara, California
2014   The Red Room : Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2013   The Blue Wall : Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2010   Behind the Scenes : Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2010   Now, Then & in Between CSUCI Art Gallery, Ventura, California
2009   Retrospective : Om, Ventura, California
2008   Red & Blue & Beyond : Om, Ventura, California
2008   Imagine! : Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2006   SB Arts TV (30 min. Artist Portrait & Interview), Santa Barbara TV Channel 17
2006   Contradiction : Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2005   From Vertigo to Blue : Roberts Art Gallery, Santa Monica, California
2004   New Work : Neuvié Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2004   Behind the Scenes : Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2004   From Vertigo to Blue : Faculty Club, University of California, Santa Barbara
2004   Mindscapes & Numbers : BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2003   Progression : Conference & Visitors Bureau, Santa Barbara, California
2002   Flowers of the Night : Delphine Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2002   Framed! : Delphine Gallery (front room), Santa Barbara, California
2001   Topography of White : Delphine Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
1985   Behind the Scenes : Lemberg Studio Gallery, Berlin, Germany
1975   Collages & Drawings : Galerie Murmel, Berlin, Germany

2017  Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2017  MichaelKate Interiors & Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2016  Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California (2x)
2015  Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2011  Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2009  Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2008  Caruso-Woods Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2007  Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2006  Lotus Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2004  Absolute Art Gallery, San Marino, California
2002  Imani Gallery, Napa, California
2002  Design Metaphor Gallery, Palm Springs, California
2001  Monlleo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2000  Pat Kenny Studio, Santa Barbara, California
1998  Pat Kenny Studio, Santa Barbara, California

2017 Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2016 Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2015 Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2014 The Arts Fund Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2014 Seaside Gallery, Pismo Beach, California
2014  Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2014  Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Special Event), California
2013  Design & Art Gallery, Carpinteria, California
2013  Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2012  Art from Scrap Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2012  Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2012  Chalk Gallery, Carpinteria, California
2011  Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2011  Chalk Gallery, Carpinteria, California
2010  Monlleo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2010  Chalk Gallery, Carpinteria, California
2010  JCC Art Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2010  Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2009  Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2009  Chalk Gallery, Carpinteria, California
2008  Aldo Castillo Gallery, River North, Chicago, Illinois
2008  Castillo Contemporary, Chicago, Illinois
2008  Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2007  The Arts Fund Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2007  Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2006  BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2006  Ojai Center for the Arts, Ojai, California
2006  Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2005  Lawyers Title, Santa Barbara, California
2005  Artamo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2005  BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2004  Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2004  The Arts Fund Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2004  Saks Fifth Avenue, Santa Barbara, California
2003  Saks Fifth Avenue, Santa Barbara, California
2003  Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California
2003  The Arts Fund Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2003  Tierra Solida Clay Art Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2003  Gallery International, Baltimore, Maryland
2002  Imani Gallery, Napa, California
2002  Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, California
2002  Fielding Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California
2002  Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara, California
2002  Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California
2002  The Arts Fund Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2002  Exit Art Gallery, New York, New York
2001  Delphine Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2001  JCC Art Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2001  Fielding Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California
2001  Monlleo Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2001  DesignARC Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2000  Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California
1999  SBCC Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
1998  Art Soup Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
1989–1995  Free Berlin Art Show, Berlin, Germany
1969–1975  Free Berlin Art Show, Berlin, Germany

Over the years Jack N. Mohr received many full reviews in local newspapers by acclaimed art writers. He was also frequently mentioned in the local and regional press as well as on art blogs — many times showing images of his artwork alongside. In 2006 a 30-minutes artist portrait of Jack N. Mohr with interview was aired repeatedly by the Santa Barbara TV-Channel 17. See the full reviews.

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News & Information
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CANCELLED

My two scheduled and already announced solo exhibitions at GraySpace in Santa Barbara have been cancelled: “White Walls” (Mid-November to Mid-January in the annex gallery) and “Recent Paintings” (Mid-January to Mid-March 2019) in the main gallery. The owner decided on short notice to close the gallery; their last day was November 12, 2018.


PIANOS ON STATE
  OCTOBER 2–26, 2018

After a presentation of his proposals, Jack N. Mohr was chosen by the city’s arts council and a variety of art institutions and organizations to take part in the 2018 Pianos-on-State program in which 13 pianos are placed as interactive art installations on Santa Barbara’s State Street. The public is invited to play.

Each of the selected artists has been assigned one of the pianos which were all different in style and shape. All pianos were painted during a three-day span at the Santa Barbara Community Arts Workshop.

Article in Voice Magazine Santa Barbara

Image slider: The making of Jack N. Mohr’s piano


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The Work

            Though Jack N. Mohr has worked in numerous disciplines of the visual arts — collage, drawing, etching, lithography, monoprints, painting, photography, sculpture — he began to focus on painting again in 2002. Since then he created a large body of strong abstract works, most of which can now be found today in various corporate collections and also a vast number of private homes worldwide. Only available pieces are presented here.

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Paintings …

Abstract and some semi-abstract paintings in acrylics or mixed media on canvas — all sizes.
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Sculpture …

Wall hanging and also free standing sculptures in a variety of sizes and materials, but mostly in ceramics.
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… and more!

Photography, collages, art books, print art (lithographs, monotypes) 
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Painting

         “I preferably paint with acrylics on canvas but at times also work with spray enamel and other media, even integrating materials such a sand, nails, and more. I explore ideas in series, often working on several paintings side by side. Some themes I pursue over a longer time, revisiting again and again, which can stretch a series of works over years, never knowing which piece will be the last…”
      — Jack N. Mohr

< Jack N. Mohr, 2017, in front of his painting “Liberation”

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September
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Nightwalk  2017

acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36"
available

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Sailing Away  2017

acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36"
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September  2017

acrylic on canvas, 36" x 24"
available

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Bauhaus Crosswinds  2017

acrylic on canvas, 30" x 30"
available

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Black  &  Duality
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Three  2017

acrylic on canvas, 60" x 40" / available

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Hidden Fruits  2017

acrylic on canvas, 30" x 30" / available

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Duality (diptych)  2017

acrylic on canvas,  60" x 40" / available

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Shadow Dance  2017

acrylic on canvas, 36" x 60" / available

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Procession  2017

acrylic on canvas, 20" x 60" / available

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Balanced
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Blue Nautilus (diptych)  2009/2015

acrylic on canvas, 36" x 66" / available

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Morning Rise (diptych)  2009/2015

acrylic on canvas, 36" x 72" / available

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Snowbird (diptych)  2015

acrylic on canvas, 48" x 60" / available

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It Is as It Is (diptych)  2016

acrylic on canvas, 48" x 60" / available

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Yellow Breeze (diptych)  2015

acrylic on canvas, 36" x 66" / available

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Fire Dance (diptych)  2006/2015

acrylic on canvas, 36" x 66" / available

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Striking Five (diptych)  2009/2015

acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 36" x 54" / available

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Red Gift Wrap (diptych)  2015/2016

acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 36" x 54" / available

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Sundance (triptych)  2016

acrylic on canvas, 36" x 60" / available

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Tempest (diptych)  2009/2016

acrylic on canvas, 36" x 60" / available

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Blue Strike (diptych)  2015/2016

acrylic on canvas, 36" x 36" / available

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Turkish Delights (diptych)  2015/2016

acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36" / available

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Red-Black-Yellow (diptych)  2009/2016

acrylic on canvas, 48" x 48" / available

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Ungrouped 
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Rothgold  2017

acrylic on canvas, 33.5" x 66" / available

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Autumn Air  2014

acrylic on canvas, 30" x 48"
available

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Red Space  2014

acrylic on canvas, 60" x 48" / available

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Red October  2014

acrylic on canvas, 60" x 48" / available

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Liberation  2009

acrylic on canvas, 60" x 48" / available

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L’Image Assassine Le Mot  2009

acrylic and enamel on canvas, 48" x 48" / available

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Untitled Red  2009

acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 48" x 48" / available

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Yellow Window  2009

acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 48" x 48" / available

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Tempest II  2009/2016

acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36" / available

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Montélimar  2014

acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36" / available

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Ides of July  2004

mixed media on canvas, 36" x 36"
available

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Closed Eyes  2004

mixed media on canvas
14" x 11" / available

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Revisions  &  Blue
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Square Red  2003/2004

acrylic on canvas, 24" x 20"
available

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Double Square Red  2003/2004

acrylic on canvas, 24" x 20"
available

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Small Red Square  2003/2004

acrylic on canvas, 24" x 20"
available

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Red Blocks on Blue  2004

mixed media on canvas, 24" x 18"
available

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Stringworks
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Common Blue  2003

mixed media on canvas, 48" x 36"
available

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Common Gray   2003

mixed media on canvas, 48" x 36"
available

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The Fire  2004

mixed media on canvas, 48" x 36"
available

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Metal Blades Blinking  2003

mixed media on canvas, 48" x 36"
available

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Composition on Blue I  2003

mixed media on canvas, 40" x 30"
available

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Composition on Blue II  2003

mixed media on canvas, 40" x 30"
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Composition on Red II  2003

mixed media on canvas, 40" x 30"
available

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String Body Spiked Red II  2003

acrylic on canvas, 30" x 24"
available

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City  &  Networks
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New Red City  2003/2011

mixed media on canvas, 40" x 30"
available

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Spiked Red VI  2003

mixed media on canvas, 40" x 30"
available

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Spiked Red V  2003

mixed media on canvas, 40" x 30"
available

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Central Four  2003

mixed media on canvas, 36" x 36"
available

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Spiked Red I  2003

mixed media on canvas, 30" x 24"
available

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Duality  2013

mixed media on canvas, 30" x 24"
available

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Spiked Red IV  2003

mixed media on canvas, 30" x 24"
available

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White Body II  2003

mixed media on canvas, 30" x 24"
available

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Red Square I & II  2003/2016

mixed media on canvas, 10" x 10" each
on white box frame 16" x 16" x 1"
available

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Red Square III & IV  2003/2016

mixed media on canvas, 10" x 10" each
on white box frame 16" x 16" x 1"
available

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White Body III  2003

mixed media on canvas, 24" x 20"
available

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Progression
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Black Square I  2002

spray enamel on canvas, 30" x 24"
available

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Black Square II  2002

spray enamel on canvas, 30" x 24"
available

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Black Square III  2002

spray enamel on canvas, 30" x 24"
available

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Black Square IV  2002

spray enamel on canvas, 30" x 24"
available

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Line & Square I  2002

spray enamel on canvas, 30" x 24"
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Line & Square II  2002

spray enamel on canvas, 30" x 24"
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Line & Square III  2002

spray enamel on canvas, 30" x 24"
available

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Line & Square IV  2002

spray enamel on canvas, 30" x 24"
available

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Red Squares or Canada?  2002

spray enamel on 2 combined canvases
40" x 28" / available

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Two Lines & Square (B)  2002

spray enamel on canvas, 30" x 24"
available

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Vertigo
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Doomed Cities  2002

mixed media on canvas, 40" x 60"
available

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Steel Flames (triptych)  2002

mixed media on canvas, three canvases of 48" x 16" / available

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Confronting Powers  2002

mixed media on canvas, 36" x 54"
available

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What Will Be Left (left)  2002 / Hope (right)  2002

spray paint on canvas, 30" x 24" each / both available

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Sculpture

        “I began early with a few three-dimensional works in cardboard and wood, but when I got my hands on ceramics I was so fascinated that I hardly did anything else for the next three or four years. During that time I also experimented with other materials, such as steel and wood. Expressing ideas through abstract shapes and forms as well as material contrasts interested me the most. In 2004 the ceramics studio that I used was closed and I returned to painting.” 
     — Jack N. Mohr

< Jack N. Mohr, 2002, with his ceramic sculptures

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Miscellaneous Sculptures
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Never Forget  2001

mdf-board, rocks, steel, paint
12" high / available

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Multivase  1999

glazed ceramics, 5.5" x 5.5" x 3"
Jack N. Mohr’s one and only utilizable sculpture has 5 different chambers
for flowers or… / available

Breaking News Column  2001
mdf-board, newspaper collage,
nails, paint, concrete foot
48" plus 10" high / available

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Jack N. Mohr created over 160 sculptures and three-dimensional works in the years between 1970 and 2005. Most of these were made in ceramics but also with steel or wood and combined materials. Only the very few shown here on this website are still available.

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Ceramic Wall Sculptures  &  Ceramic Collages
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Bound I  2000 / Bound V  2002

ceramics on frame box, 22" x 22" / both available

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Bound VI  2002 / Bound VII  2002

ceramics on frame box, 22" x 22" / both available

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Bound X  2002 / Bound XI  2002

ceramics on frame box, 22" x 22" / both available

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TOPO FORMATION III  1998

ceramics on frame box, 22" x 22"
available

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Composition I & II  2002

ceramic, nails, wood, rubber on frame box, 20" x 16" / both  available

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Composition VII & X  2002

ceramic, nails, wood, rubber on frame box, 20" x 16" & 14" x 11" / both available

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Composition XI & XII  2003 / 2002

ceramics, nails, wood, rubber on frame box, 20" x 16" & 14" x 11" / both available

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Small Sculptures

VISIONS 1998–2001

A series of small ceramic sculptures seen as maquettes for larger installations to be built in a variety of materials (steel, marble, concrete) imagined in a real environment as seen in the paired photo montages.

To see all slide images on right >

All sculptures between 4" and 6" high; visionary images 8" x 10", digital color prints; each a unique piece, no multiples / all sculptures with according image print are available

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… and much more!

        “In the 1970s and 1980s I rarely left home without my camera. On a trip, it was my most important carry-on. I found interesting objects, scenes, views just about everywhere. Thousands of photos still need to be reviewed and organized and hopefully will turn into an interesting book one day. In the dark room I experimented with the many possibilities of black & white photo processing. 
During that period I also
 created collages and worked with various kinds of artistic printmaking sometimes trying to blend various methods into one piece of art.”     — Jack N. Mohr

< Jack N. Mohr, 1970, on a winter outing with his camera

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Black & White Photographs
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Behind the Scenes I  1980

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Behind the Scenes II–V  1980

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Behind the Scenes VI–IX  1980

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Behind the Scenes X–XV 1980

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Strasbourg Sunset  1980

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Miscellaneous  1970

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Trees 1980 / 2001



All photographs are digitally remastered from their original b&w negatives. Each copy is sized 8" x 10" or 10" x 8" printed on archival paper in a series of 10.

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Collages
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Concert No. 1  1972 / Let Yourself Go  1972

collage, framed 21" x 17" / both available

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Still Life with Fish  1971 / Moon, Moon  1974

collage, framed 29" x 23" / 21" x 17" / both available

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Worry  1973 / Respond with Peace  2001

collage, framed 21" x 17" / both available

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Art Books

NUMBERS  1974 & 2001

Three hand-made books containing 10 individual original artworks artisticly interpreting the numbers from 0 to 1 (lithographs, drawing, monoprint) on archival heavyweight watercolor paper. Each work is individually numbered and signed. Comes with an intro page plus individually designed transparent protection pages. To see all numbers see image slider on right >

20" x 16", hard cover, bound with black cord, edition of three / available

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Art Prints  (hand-drawn originals)
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Black & Yellow  1968

monotype, 12" x 12"
framed 25" x 19" / available

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Life Paths  1968/1978

monotype and dye colors, 18" x 15"
framed 29" x 23" / available

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Red & Yellow  1968

monotype, 17.5" x 12.5"
framed 29" x 23" / available

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These unique monotypes
are framed in black composite
wood frames with glass.

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No. 2  1974 / No. 3  1975

lithograph on heavy archival watercolor paper, 21" x 16"
series of 8 / series of 10, numbered, signed / available

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No. 4  1975 / No. 6  1975

lithograph on heavy archival watercolor paper, 21" x 16"
series of 15 / series of 5, numbered, signed / available

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No. 7  1975

lithograph on heavy archival watercolor paper, 21" x 16"
series of 6, numbered, signed / available

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Contact

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