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Jeffrey, David


charcoal, rust, paper

2003 Anonymous Gift

David Jeffrey strictly limits color, form and medium in his work. His artistic methods are rooted in his personal beliefs. Jeffrey's art crosses the boundaries between drawing, painting and sculpture to produce compositons that are introspective and thought provoking.

A native of West Virginia, Jeffrey studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1987. He remained in Brooklyn, where he began a body of work that explored his youthful memories of living and working in a southern West Virginia coal mining town. He based his work upon his observations and feelings about the interaction between natural and man-made environments. In the late 1980s, his preferred medium was crushed charcoal on paper. His compositions were inspired by his years as a coal miner and captured his impression of the varying degrees of blackness in coal seams. A prime example of his working style of this period is the black-on-white composition, "1-11-88" which is in the Clay Center's collection of art.

In the 1990s, Jeffrey began to experiment with Japanese paper, wax, charcoal and rust in compositions based upon mimimalist concepts. His work of this period featured folded, torn, pleated, creased or layered paper. Jeffrey lightly infused the paper with crushed charcoal, rust and melted wax to achieve varying degrees of whiteness that convey a sense of aging and the passage of time. "UT-11" represents the focus of Jeffrey's work of the 1990s and his continual pursuit of a balance between form and process.