“Although I have had a lifelong interest in art, I only started painting in 2008. I am self-taught. My work is influenced by traditional Abstract Expressionism and Neo-Expressionism. I work primarily in oils.
I agree with the critic who once said that a painting does not have to be “about” anything other than the process of its own creation. I am also guided by two quotes. The first is from Jean-Michel Basquiat: “I start a picture and I finish it. I don’t think about art while I work. I try to think about life.” The second is from Chuck Close: “Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.”
I never begin with a plan or image in mind. I simply start applying paint to canvas until something interesting happens. Then that “something” suggest the next thing, and the next, and so on until a kind of internal logic emerges which I then attempt to follow. I never know what the finished product will be, so I would characterize each painting as a visual record of the interplay between randomness and control.” Alan Jeffries.
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The exuberance, energy and enthusiasm emitted from the paintings of Alan Jeffries is primal, direct and intuitively directed. His bold strokes of paint overlapping seas of texture and painted surfaces evokes a world where spontaneity rules.
Through the paint, Alan uncovers a smoldering furnace of color, form and line emitting compositions of provocatively evolved balance and innovative construction. His use of color appears as original, heartfelt and natural.
The fact that these paintings have originated from an artist who is “untrained” is a testament to the ability of this artist to harness the realizations of the human eye, heart and soul.
By moving through the applications of painterly surfaces and terrains, Alex reveals an inner world of high impact and power.
Written by Janis Kirstein
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