Collector’s Choice: Alan Jeffries

Alan Jeffries

“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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Collector’s Choice: Elke Trittel




About Elke Trittel

” I’m a mixed media artist,creating very textured art, using all kinds of materials.” Elke Trittel


 “In a world where so many people can’t have even one imaginative idea, it is so refreshing to run into artwork by an artist who literally breathes creativity. Elke Trittel has so many works of great exuberance, vitality and creativity, that it is hard to select just a few pieces to feature. Her whimsical creatures capture what is right about the world and exhude an uplifting, upbeat feeling of humor, unity and peace. “.  Janis Kirstein



Far from the big cities and traffic jams , deeply in contact with nature, there is a painter, and her name is Elke Trittel.  She became famous, thanks to a 365 days painting marathon .

Each of her art pieces has a new character. Her visionary world is an independent and parallel universe populated by fanciful animals, unusual faces and gigantic flowers.

The artist depicts her figures with great humor, giving them a complete life. She appears to bring them to life so they can come out to play.

Some of her paintings are sculpted using “fibrite” , a kind of interior wall paste that she can model easily. She paints the surfaces afterwards with acrylic paint.

She also uses material such as wires , clay, fabric and recycled objects, combining them all together according to her needs.

Her creative freedom evolves from the agreement of techniques and materials. Her favorite materials are acrylic paint, enamal paint, selfdrying clay, rusty metal, recycled paper, sand, eggshells, wires, buttons, modelling paste, nails, zinc etc

Born in Wolfsburg, Germany, Elke now lives and works in Narbonne, France. She studied at the University of Goettingen.

Thanks to the website:  artdelafibrite.  for the above information.






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