2018 Commemorative Artist

Minnesota Painter and Illustrator Brian Jensen Named
2018 Uptown Art Fair Featured Artist

The Uptown Association, producer of the Uptown Art Fair, has selected Minnesota painter and illustrator Brian Jensen as the art fair’s 2018 featured artist. Jensen will create, using his illustrative painting style, a custom piece of art specifically for the Uptown Art Fair. His original piece will be the focal point of the official print for the 55th Annual Uptown Art Fair, which runs August 3-5, 2018.

Jensen, a lifelong Minnesotan, earned his bachelor’s degree in illustration and graphic design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). Shortly after graduating, he embarked on an extremely successful 30-year career in illustration design, working at creative agencies and magazines for local, regional and national clients. During that time, he honed his style – which is inspired by early advertising art. Now retired from the corporate world, Jensen works on his art full-time and focuses on subjects that personally inspire him, an inspiration that shows through in his work.


“It’s an honor to be named the 2018 featured artist for the Uptown Art Fair – my hometown art fair,” said Jensen. “I travel across the country showing my work at 10 to 15 art fairs each year, but the Uptown Art Fair is truly unique and I’m looking forward to meeting and connecting with fair goers; it adds a joyful dimension to my life and work.”
Now a Minnetrista resident with a design studio in Northeast Minneapolis, Jensen creates pieces inspired by landscapes, classic cars and vintage boats, resulting in graphic, nostalgic and contemporary paintings and prints that art collectors have come to recognize and embrace.


“We’re thrilled Brian Jensen will serve as the 2018 featured artist,” said Uptown Association Executive Director Maude Lovelle. “We know he will represent the Uptown Art Fair tremendously, as his art is dynamic, distinguishable and often among the best when he’s shown here in the past.”

During the art fair, Jensen will be located at booth #320 near the northwest corner of Lake St. and Hennepin Ave. The 2018 commemorative print will be for sale at the Art Fair Merchandise tent located at the corner of Lake and Hennepin and currently at Everett & Charlie Gallery Gallery located in Linden Hills at 2720 West 43rd St., Minneapolis; where you can also view the original painting.


For more information on Jensen and his art, visit brianjensen.com.