Jeff Koegel

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Born1960 (age 62–63)
Anaheim, California, US
EducationBachelor’s degree in art
Alma mater
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Painter
  • Illustrator
  • Graphic designer

Jeff Koegel is an American painter, illustrator and graphic designer.


Koegel was born in Anaheim, California in 1960. He attended Cal Poly University, Pomona to pursue his interest in architecture where, while studying under Richard Saul Wurman, he realized he was more interested in two-dimensional work – drawing, symbols, information design – and was lured into graphic design by work being done by European designers like Neville Brody and Peter Saville, as well punk art made by Gee Vaucher for the band Crass and Raymond Pettibon’s work for Black Flag. Koegel holds a bachelor’s degree in art from Cal State University, Fullerton.[1]


Carrying this notion further in “Carbon Rainbow” at The Merry Karnowsky Gallery in 2010, Koegel draws from a diversity of aesthetic models including Byzantine icon painting, aboriginal art, trickster lore, high modernism, technical schematics], tattoos and ikebana to reflect upon a world created by the manipulation of nature and, more importantly, the manipulated perception of our place within the scheme of nature.[2]

Koegel has participated in exhibitions with the Clayton Brothers, Mercedes Helnwein, Camille Rose Garcia, Ed Templeton, Max Maslansky, Lucas Reiner, Ali Smith, Laura Owens, Monique Prieto, Tony Berlant and Jane Callister, among others.[3][4][5]

Along with his work shown in gallery spaces, Koegel has maintained an illustration practice since 1990, and has collaborated in editorial and branding projects with clients such as the American Craft Museum, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, American Express, The New York Times, and the University of Pennsylvania.[6] Despite their functional differences, there is a reciprocal relationship between Koegel’s illustrative work and his paintings. Results from his experiments in painting are used as a graphic language to make illustrations with, and sometimes the components from illustrations take on a new life and meaning in the context of painting.[7] Koegel’s graphic work has earned recognition from Graphis,[8] American Illustration,[9] Communication Arts[10] and the Society of Illustrators.[11]


Real Estate (2005) Catalogue for the solo exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art

Carbon Rainbow (2010) Catalogue for the solo exhibition at Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles

Sparkle and Decay (2011) Catalogue for the solo exhibition at the Brandstater Gallery, La Sierra University, Riverside California

Slow Chemical Orchestra (2013) Catalogue for the solo exhibition at Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, isbn 978-0-9892085-0-5

The Sweet Song of a Fire (2014) Catalogue for the solo exhibition at Launch Gallery, Los Angeles, isbn 978-0-9892085-1-2


  1. Sherwin (2008-05-25). "Art Space Talk: Jeff Koegel". myartspace>blog. Retrieved 2020-04-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. The Merry Karnowsky Gallery (2010-04-10) “Carbon Rainbow” press release
  3. “Sister Cities : Los Angeles / Berlin” (2009) The Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Berlin
  4. “The OsCene : Contemporary Art and Culture in Orange County” (2004) Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach California
  5. “Impression / Ism : Contemporary Urban Impressions” (2006) Brea Gallery, Brea California
  6. "about jeff koegel". Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  7. The Pennsylvania Gazette. "The Sweet Song of a Fire Opens in Los Angeles".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. Graphis Design Annual (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995,1997, 1998) Graphis Press Corp. Zurich Switzerland
  9. American Illustration 31 (2013)
  10. 46th Annual Illustration Exhibition (2005) Communication Arts
  11. Illustration West 38, 39 Society Of Illustrators Los Angeles

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