chad jensen

REPRESENTED ARTIST
Chad Jensen is an artist, furniture maker, designer, and the Founding Director of Method & Concept. Jensen is a true advocate for the arts, his work and the gallery’s programming both demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between contemporary craft, fine art and design.

Jensen’s professional career spans over 20 years, working in mixed-media art, product and interior design. One of the first graduates of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies’ interdisciplinary art and design program, he studied under renowned industrial designers and American modern masters in the studio arts; receiving a formal education in wood, metals, hot glass, ceramics, and fibers.
In 2013, Jensen launched Method & Concept as a division of Thomas Riley Companies, to represent international emerging, mid-career and established artists and designers. Jensen has exhibited numerous artists including Matthew Shlian, Peter Zimmermann, Tadao Cern, Kim Keever and Arik Levy.

In addition to his work at Method & Concept, Jensen is an active leader in Naples’ cultural landscape. He is the Founding Director and serves on the Executive Board of the Naples Design District. He served as past president for two terms for the United Arts Council of Collier County and also serves on the Advisory Board of Digital Media Design at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is a frequent guest speaker, gallery juror and student mentor as well as and active advocate for public art in the city of Naples, Fl.
As an artist, he has exhibited at The Baker Museum in Naples, FL; Rudolf Budja Gallery, Miami; as well as Guinevere, London. He has participated in international art fairs such as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, NY and the Shanghai Art Fair, China.

In 2014, Jensen designed a limited-edition furniture collection that was presented during New York Design Week. Interior Design, Art Basel Guide and Casa da Abitare have featured his work.

“Without an understanding of the fundamental properties and characteristics of materials, one can never truly design with them in mind. The insight gained through the process can never be fully imagined by a ‘designer’ who does not have that physical connection with the work.” – Chad Jensen

Chad Jensen

REPRESENTED ARTIST
Chad Jensen is an artist, furniture maker, designer, and the Founding Director of Method & Concept. Jensen is a true advocate for the arts, his work and the gallery’s programming both demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between contemporary craft, fine art and design.

Jensen’s professional career spans over 20 years, working in mixed-media art, product and interior design. One of the first graduates of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies’ interdisciplinary art and design program, he studied under renowned industrial designers and American modern masters in the studio arts; receiving a formal education in wood, metals, hot glass, ceramics, and fibers.
In 2013, Jensen launched Method & Concept as a division of Thomas Riley Companies, to represent international emerging, mid-career and established artists and designers. Jensen has exhibited numerous artists including Matthew Shlian, Peter Zimmermann, Tadao Cern, Kim Keever and Arik Levy.

In addition to his work at Method & Concept, Jensen is an active leader in Naples’ cultural landscape. He is the Founding Director and serves on the Executive Board of the Naples Design District. He served as past president for two terms for the United Arts Council of Collier County and also serves on the Advisory Board of Digital Media Design at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is a frequent guest speaker, gallery juror and student mentor as well as and active advocate for public art in the city of Naples, Fl.
As an artist, he has exhibited at The Baker Museum in Naples, FL; Rudolf Budja Gallery, Miami; as well as Guinevere, London. He has participated in international art fairs such as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, NY and the Shanghai Art Fair, China.

In 2014, Jensen designed a limited-edition furniture collection that was presented during New York Design Week. Interior Design, Art Basel Guide and Casa da Abitare have featured his work.

“Without an understanding of the fundamental properties and characteristics of materials, one can never truly design with them in mind. The insight gained through the process can never be fully imagined by a ‘designer’ who does not have that physical connection with the work.” – Chad Jensen

Work

Education

2013 Sotheby’s Institute of Art / Advanced Education / NY, NY 

2003 BFA Interdisciplinary Studies / College for Creative Studies / Detroit, MI 

1999 Associate of Business Administration / Macomb College 

Select Exhibitions 

2015 Baker Museum / Florida Contemporary / Naples, FL / Jan.31-April 26 

2013 International Contemporary Furniture Fair / Versailles Collection / NY, NY 

2014 Thomas Riley Studio / Mixed Media / Naples, FL 

2012 Avant Gallery / Group Show / Art Basel Miami Beach, FL 

2012 Naples International Art & Antique Fair / Avant Gallery / Naples, FL 

2012 American International Fine Art Fair / Avant Gallery / West Palm Beach, FL 

2011 Avant Gallery / Group Show / Art Basel Miami Beach, FL 

2011 Shanghai Art Fair – American Pavilion / Studio International / Shanghai, China

2011 Longstreth-Goldberg / Juried Group Show / Juror: Mark Richard Leach / Naples, FL 

2010 Avant Gallery / Group Show / Art Basel Miami Beach, FL 

2009 Avant Gallery / Group Show / Art Basel Miami Beach, FL 

2009 Geary Design / Naples, FL 2008 Guinevere / Showroom / London, England 

2008 Design Within Reach / Sponsored Lecture & Exhibition / Estero, FL 

2007 The von Liebig Art Center / 45th Founders Juried Exhibition / Juror: Faith Ringold / Naples, FL 

2003 Padzieski Art Gallery / The Art of Furniture Making in Michigan / Juror: Max Davis / Dearborn, MI 

2003 Detroit Contemporary / Functional Sculpture / Jurors: Max Davis & Phaedra Robinson

2003 Detroit, MI 2003 U245 Gallery / Group Show / Detroit, MI 

Experience 

2003-Present Director/ METHOD & CONCEPT / Naples, FL 

2002-2003 Artist/Designer/Master Craftsman / Vogue Furniture / Royal Oak, MI 

2000-2002 Artist/Designer/Master Craftsman / Facility One / Detroit, MI 

2000-2002 Artist/Craftsman / Parade Company / Detroit, MI 

1996-2000 Artist/Furniture Craftsman 

Press 

Naples Illustrated / February 2015 

Naples News / February 8, 2015 

Gulfshore Life / Southwest Florida / February 2015 

Gulfshore Life / Southwest Florida / January 2015 

Luxe Living, Naples Florida Weekly / January 2015 

Modern Magazine / Fall 2014 

C / College for Creative Studies Bi-Annual Publication / 2-Page Feature Editorial Fall 2014 Interiors & Sources / November 2014 

Naples Illustrated / November 2014 

Interior Design Fall Market Tabloid / October 2014 

Vanidades Ano 54 Numero 10 / October 2014 

Robb Report Home & Style / July/August 2014 

Hyland Magazine / Edition 21 / August 2014 

Cover / UK – international / Issue #35 Summer 2014 

Gulfshore Life / Southwest Florida / April 2014 

Gulfshore Life / Southwest Florida / June 2012 

Case Da Abitare / China / March 2012 

American Pavilion Shanghai Art Fair Catalog / September 2011 

Levant Gallery 5 Year Anniversary Catalog / Shanghai, China / 2012 

Design District / Miami / December 2012 

M.Style / China / November 2011 Naples 

Florida Weekly / April 20, 2011 Naples News / April 20, 2011 

Gulfshore Life / Southwest Florida / January 2010 

Florida International Magazine / January 2010 

Art Basel Miami Beach / December 2009 

Ocean Drive / Miami / December 2009 

Design District / Miami / December 2009 Miami / December 2009 

Interior Design Fall Market Tabloid / October 2009 

N / Southwest Florida / June 2008 

N / Southwest Florida / August 2006 

Online 

DesignMilk / Online – Friday Five feature / July 18, 2014 

HauteResidence / Online / May 2014 

DesignApplause / Online / May 2014 

Fold Magazine / Online – Indonesia / March 2010