I am a sculptor in the late evenings and on weekends, whose professional career has included tooling engineering, teaching math, and being a high school principal. In my 18 years as an artist, I have been represented by 7 galleries, had 8 solo shows, and won entry into a number of regional juried competitions, including several for outdoor display. My bronze sculptures are unique, not editioned, and are poured at my home foundry which I designed and built with the help of friends and family. My art training came with 2 years at Kendall College of Art and Design, and many years taking classes at Western Michigan University and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Art is deeply important to me. It buoys me and helps me maintain balance with my challenging professional life. My esthetic combines raw, worn, and unfamiliar forms, and ranges from weighty to whimsy. I do assemblage sculpting with wax shapes that I create myself. I am highly attracted to unique forms. When I sculpt, I try to let go of familiar, easy, and comfortable visual references—trying to create images that do not come automatically to mind. I make small individual forms without knowing what part they will play in a sculpture. Then I assemble them trying to create a compelling, unified form. I do not sketch or visualize sculptures in advance. To me, creativity is about making novel connections and inferences in the moment. So, I compose in 3-D with no preconceived notions. This requires being open to serendipity, being able to see things afresh, and leaning as little as possible on preformed expectations. To me, that is the essence of artistic expression and appreciation, and what draws me to it as the centering force in my life.
Jeffrey's ArtPrize Entries
These are Jeffrey's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Jeffrey's Past Work
These are images of past work that Jeffrey has done.