Isak Applin





2005     School of the Art Institute of Chicago, M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing 

1998     Maine College of Art, B.F.A. in Painting


Solo Exhibitions


2014     Now Chicago, The Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia

             Chocorua, Evans Contemporary,, Peterborough, Ontario

            Sounds from the Second Floor (with Adam Ekberg), Comfort Station, Chicago


2009     Once a Dream Did Weave a Shade (with Carl Baratta), Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois   

              Six More Miles, Roots and Culture, Chicago


2007     Hans is Doing Well, Giftshop Project Space,  Chicago

2006     Dark Holler, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago



Selected Group Exhibitions


2016     Group Show, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Los Angeles (upcoming)

              We Traveled Among Unknown Men, SideCar, Hammond, Indiana


2015    Salon, 100 Small Paintings, The Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia


2014     This Particular Patch, Gowanus Ballroom, Brooklyn
              They Pass Unseen in the World, SideCar, Hammond, Indiana


2013     Current Currents I, The Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australia

              Surface, Judith Racht Gallery, Harbert, Michigan

              Eye on the Storm, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Edison College, Fort Meyers, Florida      

              Eye on the Storm, Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, Connecticut


2012     Big Youth II, Bourouina Gallery,  Berlin

             They Wore Red Faces of Clay, SideCar, Hammond, Indiana

             Afterimage, Columbia College,  Chicago

            Image Machine,  Roger Brown Study Collection, Faculty Biennial, Chicago Loyola University, Chicago


2011    Small(er) Works Show, Manifest Exhibitions, Chicago Hungryman Gallery, 
           Outside Coming In, Azimuth Projects, Chicago


2010    Ox-Bow Centennial Exhibition, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan     

             Contemporary Painting, McCormick Gallery,  Chicago

             IAAFBJHMJNMOMRSATSW , Fountain, New York

            Fantastic Landscapes, 310conTEMPORARY Gallery, Chicago

           Chicago Artists Works on Paper, The Studios of Key West, Key West, Florida


2009    Big Youth, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago


2008     Landscape, Hallway Gallery, San Francisco

              Roots and Culture, NEXT Fair, Chicago

              Children of Nature, The Helm Gallery, Tacoma, Washington

              Three MECA Painters, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, Maine


2007    Sacksteder, Sandler, Applin, Joliet, University of Saint Francis,  Illinois

              The Kindness of Strangers, The Helm Gallery, Tacoma, Washington  

              The Discontented Pendulum, G2, Chicago


2006     Roots and Culture, Explore Your World, Chicago Contemporary Art Workshop, Traverse,     Chicago


2005     Drawing Project, Art Chicago Fair, Chicago

               M. F. A. Thesis Exhibition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago


2004     Portraits, Highland Artworks Gallery, Portland, Maine

              Connectdisconnect, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Courtenay, British Columbia


2001     Print Portfolios, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine

              Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland, Maine 




Selected Publications


2014     Wenzel, Erik. “Interview-Baratta/Applin/Watt.” Art or Idiocy, October 17, 2014. Web.     Forrest, Nicolas. “REVIEW: ‘Now Chicago!’ at the Hughes Gallery, Sydney.” Blouin     Artinfo, June 1, 2014. Web.

    “Charm School.” Ed. Alex Jovanovich. Dream the End, September 2014. Web.


2013     New American Paintings, no. 107, August 2013, pp. 20-23.

              Snyder, Dave. Chocorua. Peterborough: Evans Contemporary, 2013.


2012     Corbett, John. Big Youth II. Berlin: Bourouina Gallery, 2012.

             Fitzgerald, Ali. “Chicago’s Big Youth in Berlin,” Art21 Blog, May 11, 2012. Web.


2011     Green, Yolanda. “Artists You Should Know: Top Picks.” Chicago Art Machine, April 7


2009     Stabler, Bert. “Best of Chicago 2009.” Chicago Reader, March 26, 2009.

              Pearson, Laura. “Review: Big Youth.” Time Out Chicago, July 27, 2009.

              Big Youth: New Painters from Chicago, Chicago: Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2009.

              Foumberg, Jason. “Newcity’s Top Five of 2009: Gallery Shows.” Newcity, December 28,


2008     Beautiful/Decay On-Line Edition, December 7, 2008. Web.


2006     Stabler, Bert. “After the Unicorns,” Chicago Reader, November 17, 2006.






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Bowdoin College Library Special Collections Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College

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