Jeffrey Hirst creates shaped abstract paintings that function as fragments and are often exhibited as installations where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. His current work investigates relations between man-made architectural structure and the natural landscape. While both phenomena occur in all environments, he is most interested in the dynamic in a high contrast urban context. The correlation between urban decau and natural beauty (both at the micro and macro level) influence his work.
Jeff has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Europe since 1990 and has been showcased in national and international venues, museums and galleries. He has a BFA from the University of Minnesota and earned his MFA from Louisiana State University. In 2005, Jeff pioneered the process of combining silkscreen and encaustic painting and has conducted worships on the process throughout the US. He is the recipient of grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the DCASE City of Chicago Individual Artist group and was awarded a fellowship residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland.