Jeff League - On Withered Branch: Encaustic Paintings October 27 2012
Exhibition dates: November 3 – 24, 2012
Opening: Saturday, November 3, 4 - 7 PM
Artist’s Talk: Friday November 9, 11 AM
With a medium originated by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks; Florida artist Jeff League expresses an environmental message to a modern audience.
This November, Arts on Douglas Fine Art and Collectibles in Smyrna Beach, FL will feature Jeff League in an exhibition entitled “On Withered Branch: Encaustic Paintings”. In this notable collection, League uses an involved process combining a unique photographic transfer process with encaustic medium; an ancient form of painting made from a mixture of beeswax and resin like that once used ceremoniously in antiquity.
League’s awareness of this material is attuned with his subject of exploration - myth and nature. With simple imagery and abstract color painting or ancient maps, Jeff League is a visual storyteller. Drawing inspiration from archetypal imagery, his compositions build upon layers of expanding and saturated pigments, dreamlike textures, and haunting silhouettes. His use of crows in many of his pieces is a mythical reference, alluding to their role as messengers in Greek mythology. The messenger is telling us – warning us about what we are doing to the environment.
Jeff League’s works have been exhibited at The Polk Museum, The Museum of Florida Art, Orlando Museum of Art, and the Austrian Super Circuit in Linz, Austria. Polaroid Corporation has selected his photographic work for their permanent collection
An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. An Artist’s Talk and Demonstration will be held Friday November 9 at 11 AM. Both events are free and open to the public. The exhibition “On Withered Branch: Encaustic Paintings” will be on display until November 24, 2012. Works by Jeff League may be viewed online at www.artsondouglas.net.
About Arts on Douglas Fine Art and Collectibles: A unique commercial art gallery located in the arts-rich community of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Founded in 1996 by Doris Leeper, artist and Atlantic Center for the Arts founder and artist/benefactor Ed Harris, Arts on Douglas promotes the work and careers of prominent Florida artists. Formerly a used furniture warehouse, and originally a 1930's era Ford showroom and service center, the space was magnificently transformed and has since become a community gathering spot for a discerning mix of art lovers, patrons, and artists.