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Jeff Riley

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Birth year

Lives in
Santa Fe

Works in

UCSB - Studio Art, 1995, BA
UCSB - Art History, 1995, Minor

Representing galleries
415 279 8426

modern, sculpture, abstract, monochrome pattern form contemporary realism traditional painting modern modern painting abstract modern painting abstract


Jeff Riley : "Minor Tweaks and Adjustments"  Google Corporate Headquarters
Mountain View, Ca. 94043

November 3rd, 2011 - January 13th, 2012
November 3rd 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


    This body of paintings are visual arrangements loosely based on genetic coding charts, the groupings of dominant & recessive traits. These visual systems are used as a beginning for the oil paintings, then they lead me to contemplation and adjustment. Certain marks have stronger inherent energy, order or usefulness to them, thus they survive.

    Each painting, as with each subgroup of marks, is an attempt to build or rebuild some semblance of a group of memories or an experience. While the actual paintings do not refer directly to a
specific DNA code make-up, they do represent a particular grouping of memory traits. The groupings can be seen as suggestive ways to use selective memory to filter through the daily
mess of everyday experience.

    Sometimes making a painting seems very full of consternation. Ideas go against each other, leading the maker to have to double back and reassess. Formulating, viewing, doubting, accessing,  building, fragmenting, moving, processing.....arranging, analysis, assessing, modifying. 

    System maps, templates, code breaking, data mapping sets, modulatingprogram units, viruses, mutation.  Trying to harness the unseen, unthought of, or yet to be resolved is challenging. These paintings show a systematic way to visualize the never static, always changing and mightily challenging goal of making sense of all of this.



 JEFF PAUL RILEY received his BA in Fine Arts in 1995 from UCSB.  Jeff has been working on various bodies of paintings since he moved to San Francisco in 1999. His paintings use botanical (natural) and  computer graphics / design elements (cyber) references as a starting point for his abstract oil paintings. He is influenced by nature and other artists who use systems of ordering and arranging ideas and thoughts, such  as  Joan Snyder, Judy Pfaff, and Albert Ohlen. Jeff likes art that seems to be part puzzle and sort of an absurdist answer at the same time. He likes to play w/ scale and shifting systems of painting processes.  

Recent Exhibits

Jeff Riley participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2013 2013 Artslant Showcase Winner - Abstract Category Online - 2013 Artslant Showcase #8 Winner
September 2013 Online competition
Aug, 2013 2013 Artslant Showcase Winner - Abstract Category
Online - 2013 Artslant Showcase Winner
Mar, 2013 2013 Spring Open Studios
Art Explosion Studios - 17th Street
Dec, 2012 "Unruly Children"
Mar, 2012 Spring Open Studios 2012
Art Explosion Studios - 17th Street
Sep, 2011 Art Explosion Fall Open Studios, 2011
Art Explosion Studios - 17th Street
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