|Jeff Wallin "Improvised Mirror" detail, kilnformed glass. Photo: |
Jeff has spent his life in the Pacific Northwest. He studied under Professor Keiko Hara at Whitman College, graduating in 1995 with a B.A. in Studio Art. Jeff continued to pursue drawing and painting after moving to Portland, OR.
Jeff Wallin's introduction to glass came in 1999 at Ray Ahlgren’s FireArt Glass studio, where Jeff continues to work, gaining new understandings in how to apply the challenging medium of glass to his ongoing exploration of the human form. Jeff’s work has been reviewed in the Urban Glass Quarterly, and his work was selected for publication in the Corning New Glass Review. In 2013, he was a teaching assistant for Jessica Loughlin and Kirstie Rea at the Pilchuck School of Glass.
|Jeff Wallin and Ray Ahlgren of FireArt Glass create the glass door panels for the US Library of Congress. Photo: Charlie Liebermann. Click HERE to jump to American Craft article on the historic architectural artwork project.|
|Jeff Wallin, "Lucretia - After Rembrandt", kilnformed glass. Photo: Michael Schmitt.|
|Jeff Wallin, "Judgement (Study from Gentileschi)", kilnformed glass. Photo: Michael Schmitt.|
Talking about how he uses glass to create painterly works of art, Jeff said: "For my investigation of the human form, glass offers an incredible medium for exploring my relationship to this subject. My methods of kiln forming purposefully ignore most of the strict adherence to process normally associated with the medium. The work is driven to completion as part of a dialogue, which begins as a response to the model and then develops in unexpected ways as the work matures over multiple firings in the kiln. My intent is to maintain an attitude of spontaneity and preserve the raw moment when the piece first began...There are no conclusions, only possibilities."
|Jeff Wallin, "Classical Study", kilnformed glass. Photo: Michael Schmidtt|
Gallery owner Sonny Stewart said of Jeff's work: " [Jeff] is a classically trained artist - the compositions of his work show his knowledge and sensitives... His artwork explores many of the concerns of contemporary painting, but does this exploration with glass. Painting exists in a continuum with centuries of tradition while simultaneously embracing aspects of sculpture, installation and collage... [Jeff's art] goes beyond pigment on a surface; it's an approach to making imagery that encompasses the ways in which a material is used to construct the work, how the subject is approached, and even how the idea of the subject is concieved."
Stewart Fine Art
608 Banyan Trail, Boca Raton, FL
Jeff Wallin "Glass in the Classical Sense"
November 14 - December 11
Opening Reception November 14, 2013