Jeff Ferst

"A canvas may reflect both my memories of locations I have visited and my emotions on the day that the piece is painted. There is a strong subconscious element to this work, with an image taking on a life of its own. These paintings are personal, expressive, and musical, with their vibrant palettes and tactile, textural use of oil paint."

Jeff Ferst has a keen interest in the Sonoran desert and nature in general. His work draws on the essence of traditional landscape painting--an encounter with nature--and combines it with his own emotional reactions. The result is physical reality and feelings intertwined. Some of his paintings are more recognizable as landscapes, while others follow a different path and become deconstructed landscapes.

Jeff Ferst's working process is a direct one, usually with no preliminary drawing. After the initial choice of a painting's base color and structure, the shapes change as each hue is applied using a palette knife and other tools. A canvas will develop as a spontaneous, free-flowing conversation between the artist and the painting, with the completed work the result of a very organic process. The artist encourages viewers to make their own connections to the work, and to interpret it for themselves based on their own experiences and emotions.

Jeff Ferst was born in the Bronx in New York City in 1955. As a child, he was involved in drawing and painting, and through his mother was exposed to art in New York's museums. Ferst went on to graduate from New York University in 1976 with a degree in printmaking, specializing in serigraphs. After a period of time, Ferst picked up painting again and has developed his craft further through life experience.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Roots, Saint John Art Centre, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, 2009
Painting on the Edge, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 2009
Landscapes & Abstractions, Artful Living Gallery & Studio, Tucson, AZ , 2016
Desert Abstractions, Old Town Artisans, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2013
Art for Contemporary Desert Living, Content Interiors, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2013
Toronto Art Expo, Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2010
CIGI, Seagram Museum, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 2007
Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Cambridge, Cambridge,Ontario, Canada, 2005
Nesbitt Burns, Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2009