JEFF CROSS

I have been creating my entire life. Drawing, building, writing,  problem solving, music...just about anything that utilizes an active imagination seems to come naturally to me. I was trained, and subsequently worked, as a traditional signpainter, and graphic designer for over 25 years. This experience has shaped my style, color choices, and influences the composition and elements in my pieces. Bright candy colors, linework, and an overall graphic quality are staples of my paintings.

I now paint fulltime in my studio, Studio X, in Old Town, Eureka. I have been fortunate enough to be asked to show my work all over the US, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Miami, where I had my first major exhibition during Art Basel/Miami Art Week.

I don’t generally utilize my art to speak a particular worldview, or in protest. While I completely believe that art is an important vehicle for these things, I like to remind people that art can also be something to convey humor, fantasy, imagination, or beauty for nothing else but the sake of being funny, fantastical, imaginative or beautiful. Friviality, and being in the presence of something that just makes you feel good, are important to us as humans, who strive to be happy in a world with an ever-increasing encroachment of negativity, adversity, and opposition. That’s not to say that elements of these things don’t sneak into my work, and a few of the works included in this show reflect them.

It is interesting to note that a few of the included works survived hurricane Irma, which swept through southern Florida a few years ago. They survived, but not completely unscathed, and you may find subtle signs of Irma’s wrath if you look close enough! I have subtly adjusted pricing on these pieces, as well.

GALLERY EXHIBITION

HOLLYWOOD TO REDWOODS
SEPTEMBER 2018