Jean Gumpper’s color woodcut prints are represented in numerous galleries, museums, and collections both in this country and abroad. Her complex compositions focus on landscape elements often omitting the context of land or a horizon line. This approach allows her expressive, multi-layered work to hover between realism and abstraction. She has written about her work: “I seek to integrate the memories, sounds and feelings of being in the landscape into the making of the print. The carving of the woodblock and the layering of the ink, for me, echo natural processes such as the layering of leaves, water, trees and light.”
Jean is a Lecturer and Artist in Residence at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. She has taught print workshops at the Valand School of Art in Gothenburg, Sweden, Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, Colorado, as well as many other venues across the country. She has participated in artist residencies at Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Goldwell Museum, Grand Canyon National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Ucross Foundation. She received a Visual Artist Fellowship Award from the Colorado Council of the Arts. Most recently, she was a visiting scholar researching new technologies in printmaking at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.