b. 1987, Cape Town, South Africa

Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa

Jody Paulsen was born in 1987 in Cape Town, South Africa, where he continues to live and work. In 2009 Paulsen graduated from the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Arts specialising in Print Media. He was awarded the Katrine Harris Print Cabinet Award in the same year. In 2012 Jody Paulsen received the Jules Kramer Departmental Scholarship Award and went on to complete his Masters Degree with his solo exhibition What You Want, Whenever You Want It in 2013. Paulsen opened his first solo exhibition, titled Pushing Thirty, at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, followed by a solo presentation, hosted by SMAC Gallery, at Untitled Art Miami Beach in Miami, USA both in 2017.

In 2019 Paulsen’s work has been included in Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia and Resistance, the most recent group exhibition at 21c Museum Hotels in Cincinnati, USA;  Radical Love, at the Ford Foundation Gallery in New York City, USA and, Filling in the Gaps at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. Earlier this year SMAC Gallery presented Paulsen’s most recent body of work at the Armory Show as part of the Focus Section in New York City, USA. He recently presented his solo exhibition, Water Me, at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2018. 

Notable group exhibitions include: After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art, curated by Andrew Hennlich, a travelling exhibition starting at Richmond Centre for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, USA; Passion Fruit, at Temporary Storage Gallery in New York City, USA; all in 2018; All Things Being Equal at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa in 2017; Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, curated by Amelie Klein and Okwui Enwezor travelling to the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany and Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain in 2015; the Centre de Cultura Contemporánia de Barcelona in Spain and the Kunsthal Rotterdam in the Netherlands in 2016; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, USA in 2017; Albuquerque Museum in Albuquerque and the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin both in USA in 2018. Earlier exhibitions include: Young, Gifted and Black, curated by Hank Willis Thomas in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2015; Anyway, The Wind Blows at BRUNDYN+ in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2014; The Night Show at Goodman Gallery in 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa; and the Sasol New Signatures Award exhibition in Pretoria, South Africa in 2010.

In 2012 Paulsen and the fashion designer Adriaan Kuiters collaborated to create the fashion line AKJP. Together they have presented numerous collections at events including: Pitti Uomo 89 in Florence, Italy and the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience at The Dubai Mall in Dubai, UAE in 2015. In 2019 Paulsen collaborated with Neil Barrett to present their Men’s Spring 2020 runway collection. Paulsen continues to expand and present new collections, internationally and locally.

Paulsen’s work forms part of numerous significant public and private collections, including Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa; Matthais & Gervanne Leridon Collection in Paris, France; Sovereign Art Foundation, in Hong Kong, Singapore, UK, Guernsey, South Africa; The Royal Portfolio Collection, in Cape Town, South Africa and the 21 c Museums Hotel in Louisville, USA.

Paulsen’s work has been included in Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia and Resistance, the most recent group exhibition to open at 21c Museum Hotels in Cincinnati, USA. The exhibition will run until July 2020.

Paulsen’s work was recently up on exhibition as part of Radical Love – a group show at the Ford Foundation Gallery in New York City, USA.

Tiziana Cardini | VOGUE | Niel Barrett Spring 2020 Menswear | 15 June 2019 – PDF

Athi Mongezeleli Joja | Mail & Guardian | Psychology of colour, texture | 18 January 2019 – PDF

Scott Indrisek | Artsy | 10 Emerging Artists to Discover at Untitled, Miami Beach | 5 December 2017 – PDF

M Thesen Law | adjective. | Late Stage Capitalism Luxe | 31 August 2017 – PDF

Sean O’Toole | Art Forum | Critics’ Picks – Jody Paulsen | 11 February 2017 – PDF

Alix-Rose Cowie | Indie Channel | Pushing Thirty: The Art of Adulting |  22 February 2017 –  PDF

Lindi Brownell Meiring | Visi | Artists We Love: Jody Paulsen | 23 February 2017  PDF

Lloyd Pollak | ArtThrob | A Sisyphean Push: Jody Paulsen’s ‘Pushing Thirty’ | 21 February 2017 – PDF

Lisa Wallace | Conde Nast House and Garden | Pushing Thirty | 7 March 2017 – PDF

Christa Dee | Bubblegumclub | Artist Jody Paulsen’s solo Exhibition ‘Pushing Thirty’ | 17 February 2017 – PDF

Dave Mann | Between 10 and 5 | Jody Paulsen on planning, pattern and process | 25 October 2016 – PDF