Jeff Sloan

Artist Statement/Biography

Niagara artist Jeff Sloan finds that one of the sources of his creative energy is the ‘push-pull’ between his awareness of his main artistic influences, and his deep determination to “paint with my own brush”. He would say that he has paid close attention to the works of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, but he tries hard “not to mimic”.

He has no formal training which he says is an advantage in getting his ‘independent’ vision to dominate the creative process. “I want it so that the painting seems to tell me where to put things” (i.e. colours, shapes and lines). I don’t want to steer the brush consciously.” He describes himself as ‘big on exploration” and “big on risk-taking”.

As an emerging artist, he struggles with wanting to make art which challenges the viewers “to take an adventure through the canvas and into their very own minds”, but knowing that art this profound must also find a way “to grab the viewer’s attention” in the first place, to give them “the pure simple joy of looking at an image.”

Jeff has had his art exhibited in the past several years at exhibitions and galleries in Welland and Niagara Falls.

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