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Jim Rennert

BIOGRAPHY

b. 1958

Jim Rennert was born in 1958, and grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Salt Lake City, Utah. After ten trying years of working in business, Rennert was inspired to explore his artistic vision and embarked upon his career as a sculptor in 1990. He began exhibiting in galleries in 1993, and has since gained significant recognition.

Rennert’s seminal series of works is immediately identifiable, with simplified figures and forms depicting men in suits. Combining the traditional medium of bronze with modern forms of flat laser cut steel, he illustrates concepts of corporate success and the obstacles faced by the modern working man. Drawing on both his past professional experiences, and those of his contemporaries, Rennert composes thought-provoking works to which viewers undeniably react and relate. Early works emphasize movement and physical metaphor, while more recent pieces show the development of a more contemplative character. In 2016 Rennert also released his first series of two-dimensional works, a collection of digital drawings available as large scale prints.

Rennert continually exhibits at the major US art fairs as well as galleries in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, Utah, New Mexico, Maine, Colorado, and British Columbia, with private and corporate collectors world-wide. From June 2014 through May 2015, Rennert was honored with a monumental public installation of his iconic sculpture, THINK BIG, which was on exhibition in New York City’s Union Square, in cooperation with the NYC Parks Department.

ARTIST STATEMENT
For the last several years my work has focused on my past experiences in the competitive world of business. Mixing the traditional medium of bronze and contemporary forms of flat laser cut steel, I have illustrated themes and concepts of every day work life. Integrated into the various pieces are suits, ladders, briefcases, and forms representing buildings, all of which are iconic visual representations of business. The title works together with the visual image to illustrate the experience, sometimes physical, sometimes psychological. I have used sports and other physical activities as a metaphor to express the daily struggles and achievements of the contemporary businessman. I try to emphasize movement in the figures as well as some of the forms by paying particular attention to their placement in relation to each other as well as on the supporting base. This presents a strong element of design in each work.
Initially I had hoped to have depicted popular culture's ideas on achievement and success in an ironic and humorous fashion. However, over the past years, the work has taken on a more serious tone as I illustrate more about the thoughts and ideas we all deal with in our contemporary society. The work has evolved into developing a consistent character and creating an environment in which the interaction between the two, brings in the viewer. This approach seems to allow the audience an opportunity to relate to the work in a very personal manner. While not everyone wears a suit, I feel the themes transcend to the everyman.
-Jim Rennert

BACKGROUND:
Graduated Brighton High School, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1976
Attended Brigham Young University, 1976-81
Elected a member of the National Sculpture Society in 2008.

EXHIBITS AND FESTIVALS:
New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, Nov 2016, New York, NY
Cavalier Galleries, Cavalier Galleries 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Nov 2016, New York, NY
Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, Feb 2016, Palm Beach, FL
New York Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, Nov 2015, New York, NY
Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, Feb 2015, Palm Beach, FL
Naples Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, Feb 2015, Naples, FL
New York Art, Antique & Jewelry, Nov 2014, New York, NY
Cavalier Galleries, Contemporary Realism, Oct 2014, Greenwich, CT
THINK BIG by Jim Rennert, Public Exhibition, Union Square, Jun 2014 – May 2015, New York, NY
Perspective by Jim Rennert, Public Exhibition, Union Square, Jun 2014 – May 2015, New York,NY
Cavalier Galleries, Jim Rennert: Sculpture Exhibition, Jun 2014, New York, NY
Palm Beach Jewelry Art & Antique, Feb 2014, Palm Beach, FL
Naples Art Antique and Jewelry, Feb 2014, Naples, FL
The Englishman "Presents Jim Rennert", Feb 2014, Naples, FL
LA Art Fair January 2014, Los Angeles, CA
Red Dot Miami, Dec 2013 Miami, FL
Aspen Antiques Jewelry & Fine Art Fair July 2013, Aspen, CO
Cavalier Galleries May 2013, NYC, NY
ArtAspen  August 2012, Aspen, CO
The Englishman Gallery  Mar 2012 Naples, FL
Naples International Art  & Antiques Show  Feb 2012 Naples, FL
Palm Beach Jewlery Art and Antique Fair, Feb 2012, Palm Beach, FL
Antiques & Art at the Armory March 2011, NY, NY
Naples International Art & Antique Fair March 2011 Naples, FL
Meyer Gallery, Feb 2011, Park City, UT
Palm Beach Jewlery Art and Antique Fair, Feb 2011, Palm Beach, FL
LA Art Fair January 2011, Los Angeles, CA
Red Dot Miami, Dec 2010 Miami, FL
Coral Springs Museum, Oct 2010 Coral Springs, FL
National Sculpture Sociey 77th Annual Awards Exhibition 2010, Brookgreen, SC
Affordable Art Fair, 2010 New York City, NY
Art Hamptons, 2010, Bridgehampton, NY
Palm Beach Art and Antiques Fair, 2010 Palm Beach, FL
Red Dot Miami, December 2009, Miami, FL
Art Hamptons, July 2009 Long Island, NY
Public Art Installation, Oct 2008 Palm Desert, CA
Cavalier Gallery, July 2008, Nantucket, MA
National Sculpture Society Annual Awards Exhibition, Feb 2008, NY
Art Around the Corner, Spring, 2008, St George, UT
Cavalier Gallery, Spring 2008, Greenwich, CT
Coda Gallery, Mar 2008, Palm Desert, CA
Sculpture in the Park, Aug 2007, Loveland, CO
Meyer Gallery, Aug 2007, Park City, UT
Sculpture in the Park, 2007, Loveland, CO
Art Around the Corner, 2007, St. George, UT
Gallery at the Station, 2007, Ogden, UT Group Show,
20th Anniversary Show, Cavalier Galleries, 2006, Greenwich, CT
Finch Lane Gallery, 2006, Salt Lake City, UT
Sculpture in the Park, 2006, Loveland, CO
Kimball Museum Arts Festival, 2006, Park City, UT
Artfest, 2006, Dallas, TX
Art Around the Corner, 2006, St. George, Utah
St. George Arts Festival, 2006, St. George, UT
The Museum of History and Art, 2006, International Show
Allied Artists of America, 2005, New York City, NY
Contemporary Realism, 2005, New York City, NY
Kimball Museum Arts Festival, 2005, Park City, UT
St. George Arts Festival, 2005, St George UT
Springville Museum Spring Salon, 2005 Springville, UT
3W Gallery One Man Show, 2003 Salt Lake City, UT
Boise Art in the Park, 1997, Boise, ID
Kimball Museum Arts Festival, 1996, Park City, UT
Boise Art in the Park, 1996, Boise, ID

Public Collections:
Collection Pérez Simón, Mexico and Spain   
The Anthem, New York, NY
Federated Mutual Insurance, Owatonna, MN
City of Cottonwood Heights, UT
Colorado Council for the Arts, Mesa State College, Grand Junction, CO
Millrock Office Park, Salt Lake City, UT
Granite Education Foundation, Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Governors Mansion, Salt Lake City, UT
The Church Museum of History and Art, Salt Lake City, UT
Terra Industries, Union Park Center, Midvale, UT
Utah Arts Council, Ogden Schools for the Deaf and Blind, Ogden, UT
National Museum of Ski History, New Hartford, CT
Murray High School, Murray, UT
Bingham High School, South Jordan, UT
Jordan High School, Sandy, UT
Riverton High School, Riverton, UT
GSL Electric, Salt Lake City, UT
Overstock.com, Salt Lake City, UT

PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA:
Sculpture Review, Sculpture in Social Dialogue, 2015
Artsy Editorial, Businessman-Turned-Artist Jim Rennert Makes Sculptures About Life Inside the Corporate World, 2014
ArtNerd New York, Relive Your Big City Dreams With Think Big by Jim Rennert in Union Square,2014
This Week in New York, Jim Rennert: Think Big/Perspective, 2014
DNA Info, 12-Foot Businessman Sculpture Rises in Union Square, New York, 2014
ABC 7 Eyewitness News, “Think Big” Sculpture Hopes to Inspire New Yorkers, New York, 2013
KSL News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Utah man dares NYC to “Think Big” with sculpture, 2013
Artists of Utah, Jim Rennert: Playing with Fire, 2011
Sculptors of the Rockies, 2010
Sculptural Review Spring 2009
American Art Collector Feb 2009
Southwest Art Magazine, July 2008
American Art Collector, Feb 2008
The Inquirer and Mirror, Nov 2007
Santa Fe Focus Magazine, "The Art of the Deal" Oct 2007
American Art Collector, “Working 9-5” July 2007
KUTV Channel 2 News, “Art of the Deal” Sept 2006
Sculptural Pursuit Magazine, Jan 2006
Utah Homes and Garden, Winter 2001-02
Salt Lake City Tribune, 2000
Park Record, 1996