Artist Jeffrey Palladini tackles the thesis of the influence on our lives of things just outside our control. His Fundamental Forces is a reflection series that looks at what remains as time moves forward, but part of us doesn't change. These paintings are a meditation on our personal stimuli—memories, inspiration, longing, lust—even our dreams, which are involuntary and untethered.
Jeffrey offers a glimpse, an intense suggestion of these simplified details and goes one step further, offering a perspective on very real issues in society today. That Thing That Follows You illustrates his unique vocabulary of dramatic figurative imagery, combined with compelling linear and pattern elements, which serve to enhance and inform the narrative of each work. While open to interpretation, we can't help but fall in love with the appearance of "becoming" in the stages of outline depicted.
The artist paints primarily on wood panels, most of which he builds himself in order that his purposeful brushstrokes can best be viewed. Jeffrey is also a master at outline and does not use any masking to draw his figures, environments or words.
"In these paintings are captured, in bright brief flashes, complex emotion and intense intimacy. With minimal information provided, to the viewer is left the imperative of exploring the vast remainder. From a movie still is extrapolated a full film of character, pacing, plot and script. From a paragraph, an entire novel. From a brief encounter, a lifetime of histories and potentialities. From a single windowpane spreads a wide, complicated landscape. From one charged moment, the story extends infinitely in all directions. As in memory, all is viewed in snapshots, in glimpses. Complex narratives, transformative events, entire lifetimes, boiled down to these singular points in time." ~ Jeffrey Palladini
That Thing That Follows You (Fundamental Forces)
- Materials – Oil and charcoal on panel
- Size – 13 x 51 x 19 (13 x 70 total of 2 panels)
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Meet the Artist
Jeffrey Palladini has been painting for the past 20 years. His work has been exhibited in solo, group and juried exhibitions and is included in many private and corporate collections. There is a thread of the familiar in his work, a result of a gradual evolution over time, where each artwork informs the next. You can look at his paintings from fifteen years ago, and follow that forward to what he’s currently working on in the studio, and while you will see experimentation and evolution, the changes form a consistent and recognizable continuum.
“Jeffrey’s compositions are compelling not only for their emotive quality wherein we can find our own mirror, there is a graphical quality in the bold chromatic aesthetic, and perhaps familiar notes of the Swiss Style in his pursuit of simplicity,” shares Bonnie Powers, Poet and/the Bench co-founder.
Learn more about Jeffrey Palladini in our Conversations with an Artist series.