Jerry Wellman's definition of the artist is expansive; his work as a camy, dealer in Indian artifacts, a minister, a curator, a designer, and a videographer all blend into a visual an cross-disciplinary art form. He has published several illustrated books, exhibited paintings, drawings, and installations, produced video art, created numerous art actions, including the co-founding of mobile alternative arts venue.
Seeking to make the conceptual accessible, Wellman's interest in poetics and philosophy is evident. Exploring, expanding, and sharing this intellectual passion is central to his artistic practice.
Jerry Wellman's paintings and drawings have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Holly Solomon Gallery in New York City, Pierogl Gallery in Brooklyn, The Orange County Center of Contemporary Art, and The El Paso Museum of Art. His drawings were selected for a traveling show sponsored by the Smithsonian. The L.A. Weekly selected him to be a featured artist at the Los Angeles Art Expo.
His video animation work has been presented at the Dallas International Video Festival and The Santa Fe International Film Festival. Most recently Wellman co-produced a series of animated interstitials with PBS affiliate KNME-TV.
Jerry Wellman has an MFA from California Institute for the Arts (CalArts). Wellman has taught at the Pasadena College of Art and Design, CalArts, and New Mexico State University. He was formerly the head curator at Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art. He is the co-founder, co-director, and co-curator of Axle Contemporary Art Gallery.