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 Welcome to the Jaren Dahlstrom's website, where you will find a selection of his paintings and prints. Plus information about his one-person exhibitions and group shows. For the past twenty years been working on his most recent series of paintings and prints that capture what he calls "abstract reality" and are based on reflections. 

This is what the gallerist of Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA had to say about his work:

"Jaren Dahlstrom is an internationally accliamed, award-winning artist based in California, USA. For the past 20+ years he has been working on his "abstract reality" series of paintings.  These surrealistic fractured light paintings are based on the concept  of how reflections create abstracted images,  This fusion of light creates surprising  contrasts and intense colors, while often producing confused lines and seems somehow familiar yet new.  Jaren was born in San Francisco, California in 1945 and has been drawing and painting since he was a child. He has a AA in fine art, from Contra Costa College and attended Art Center College of Design, California College of Arts and Crafts, and Cal State University Hayward.  Having grownup near San Francisco Bay, Jaren has always been fascinated by reflections, and how light plays on water.  Often Jaren will use his computer to distort, and manipulate the reflective photos he takes, making them even more abstract.  The resulting  images are the basis for his paintings.  In the past several years, he began introducing geometric shapes to these computer-generated images - sometimes creating  20 or more images before being satisfied with the result.  Jaren then makes a digital print, which he uses to produce the finished  painting.  Jaren' work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and his work is in collections regionally, nationally and in Europe.  His work is alos inculded in the permanent collection of the New York Folk Art Museum, in New York City, NY."

Some comments left by vistors at his One-Person Show at the Littman Gallery, University of Portland included: "Striking, bold & beautiful artwork, a joy to view & interact with...", ...True Artists reveal mystic truths after all...yet again...and all in the water.", and "There are things you can not see when you stand close. The colors are beauitful...the paintings have real soul."

If you would want more information, a price list or to be put on our mailing list, please go to the Contact page by clicking on the link above. E-mail Jaren with your request and please provide your contact information or feel free to give him a call. 

I hope you enjoy the website and the paintings and prints! 

Thanks for visiting!


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One-Person Shows and Small Group Exhibits

Empty Store Fronts - City of Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (2016)

San Pablo Arts Gallery, San Pablo, CA (Three-Person Show) (2007, 2009, & 2011)

Sierra Arts - Northwest Reno Library Gallery, Reno, NV (July-Sept. 2009)

San Pablo Arts Gallery, San Pablo, CA (Three-Man Show) (2009)

Littman Gallery, University of Portland, Portland, OR (2009)

Villa Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, CA (1974)

Group Shows

7th Annual Waterscapes, Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA

Light In The Darkness, Las Lungna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Aqua, CORE New Art Space, Lakewood, CO

California Open 2020, Tag Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

7th Annual Anniversary Exhibition, Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA

Unversity of Alaska, Anchorage, AK

City of Berkeley Public Spaces, Berkeley, CA

Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA (Open Studios)

Expressions Gallery, Berkeley, CA (Multiple Shows)

Legacy Gallery, Hot Springs, AR

Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

Sun Gallery, Hayward, CA

Synopsyst Corp. Art Exhibition, Synopsyst Corp. Headquarters, Mt. View, CA

Alameda Art Center, Alameda, CA (Multiple Shows)

H2O, City of Vallejo/US Forest Service, Vallejo, CA

Laguna Arts, Laguna Beach, CA

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

Silvermine Guild Gallery, New Canaan, CT

Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verde, CA

CAL Expo, Sacramento, CA

Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA


Online Galleries

Jaren Dahlstrom's current series of paintings and prints examines reflected light on water and other surfaces. The fleeting illusions, undulating constantly on a liquid world of enchanced color distorted by movement, creating abstract images of the most mundane objects. Whether it is a canal boat in Venice, Italy, a pier or outboard motor at a local marina, it is always a surprise, a gift. These objects captured in a moment of time are never to be repeated in the exact same way, a moment when light and water fuse to form an illusion of magic reality, transitory and yet more intense than the real. This fusion of fractured light seems to create more intense colors, surprising contrasts, generating incredible lines and fantastic shapes. It is out of this abstraction, that Jaren Dahlstrom paints what he calls "abstract reality". Using saturate colors, strong lines and shapes, he explores this often, overlooked realm of reflected light. He also taught print production at the University of California for 25 years. As well as having numerous one-person and group art exhibitions thoughut California, the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally.