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Jo Whaley


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Jo Whaley has lifelong roots in the San Francisco Bay Area, having earned advanced degrees in Art and Photography from the University of California, Berkeley by 1980. Whaley originally studied to become a painter, putting her abilities to work as a scenic artist for the San Francisco Opera and other Bay Area theatrical companies.  Her theater experience openly informs her photography, in which she creates stage sets and employs numerous props, painted backdrops and dramatic lighting. All of her photographic series fuse the language of photography with the language of painting and rely on an expressive use of color.

Working in discrete series, the subject matter of her photographs over the last 25 years have ranged from allegorical nudes, to a revision of the “vanitas” still life tradition, to a fusion of natural history and environmental issues in the The Theater of Insects portfolio. The compelling issue, that has driven her work, is the interface between nature and urban technological culture.  With an ironic and quirky point of view, she juxtaposes organic and manmade elements to reflect the issue of environmental degradation in an imaginative manner.


Since the early 1980’s Whaley’s photographs have been exhibited in the United States, Europe   and Japan. Between 1989 and 1993 Whaley received numerous grants to work with the Polaroid 20x24 camera in New York and received one of the last National Endowment Visual Artists Fellowships in 1994.  She has taught at various Universities since 1989.  Currently she teaches at the College of Santa Fe.  She is married to the photographer Greg Mac Gregor and they divide their time between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Berkeley, California. 

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Photography

Ornithoptera priamus, 2004
chromogenic photograph
24 x 20 inches (60.9 x 50.8 cm)
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Sphere of Influence, 1992
Chromogenic color print
20 x 24 inches (60.9 x 76.2 cm)
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Charaxes eupale, 2006
archival pigment print
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Doxocopa cherubina, 2006
archival pigment print
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Geometrid, 2000
chromogenic photograph
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Heliconiidae: Heliconius, 2007
archival pigment print
24 x 20 inches (60.9 x 50.8 cm)
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Hyalophora cecropia, 2007
archival pigment print
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Nymphalidae Hypolimnas, 2007
archival pigment print
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Morpho deidamia, 2006
archival pigment print
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Papilionidae, 2010
archival pigment print
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Orthoptera: Acrididae, 2002
chromogenic photograph
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Chrysochroa bugueti rugicollio, 2006
archival pigment print
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Nymphalid, 2000
chromogenic photograph
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Saturniid, 2000
chromogenic photograph
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Atmosphere with Eraser, 1995
chromogenic photograph
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Cross-Pollination, 1992
chromogenic photograph
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Overripe Population, 1994
archival pigment print
20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 60.9 cm)
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A Winter’s Hoard, 1995
chromogenic photograph
20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 60.9 cm)
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After Zurbaran, 1993
chromogenic photograph
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Atomic Tea Party, 1993
chromogenic photograph
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Biotechnology, 1993
chromogenic photograph
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Dwelling of Dislocation, 1994
chromogenic photograph
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Harvest the Fall, 1992
archival pigment print
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How Hydrangeas Turn Green, 1992
chromogenic photograph
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Market Highs and Lows, 1992
chromogenic photograph
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Morning Dove, Winter, 1992
chromogenic photograph
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Rubberloupe, 1992
chromogenic photograph
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The Nuptials, 1993
chromogenic photograph
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The Tree of Life, 1993
chromogenic photograph
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Within Earshot of the Foreshadow, 1994
chromogenic photograph
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