UCSB - Art History, 1995, Minor
As a painter of abstraction and mostly pure form, my artistic concerns are mostly felt, tested and discovered directly on the canvas and in my gut. A series of brushed marks and rag erasures lead to further considerations, patterns and compositional changes emerge and then are applied or diversified.
As the formal textures and densities flow, form and change over days and weeks, the challenge becomes to slow down a bit and listen and see more deeply. The essential strengths and core of the abstraction get revealed the longer the oil paintings are worked on.
Sometimes the making of a painting and its discoveries cause one to double back and reassess. Formulating, viewing, doubting, building, fragmenting, moving, processing.....arranging, modifying. It is this characteristic of abstraction that I cherish the most.
JEFF PAUL RILEY received his BA in Fine Arts in 1995 from UCSB. Jeff has been working on various bodies of paintings since he graduated.
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 process oriented artists who use systems of ordering and arranging ideas and thoughts, such as Joan Snyder, Judy Pfaff, and Albert Oehlen and Bill Jensen. Jeff likes art that seems to be part puzzle and sort of an answer at the same time. He likes to play w/ scale and shifting systems of painting processes.