Artist Jeff Ferst

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The Artist Says:

Color is like a magnet to me. I am drawn to and express myself through color in my art in my life and in my emotional connection to people and the environment around me. I love to paint the desert because it is so rich in color and life and while some may view it as a barren place I see incredible beauty and joy in the colors and forms found here.

Collectors Say:

I've been meaning to write to you to thank you for the beautiful Sunrise, Sunset painting we purchased from you a few months ago.  It hangs in our foyer and so we pass it many times each day as we go up or down the stairs.  Now I have to get to the Sonoran Desert so that we can experience what inspired you! - private collector

...the flagship piece of the entire exhibit is Jeff Ferst's Fantasia.... - US Ambassador Susan Elliot, Dushanbe 2012 (an exhibit which included works by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Indiana).

Dealers Say:

Ferst's work is juicy, flamboyant and life-affirming...


I am a colorist, I am an abstractionist and I am a storyteller.
Over the years, since early childhood, I have created art. In my youth in the Bronx drawing was my thing. In my early years at NYU I was a print maker and created vibrant serigraph prints and etchings. I also was enamored with the tactile arts -  ceramics and sculpture. I was lucky starting off to get representation at a Greenwich Village gallery – the 8th Street Gallery when I was 19.
Then as a young adult I discovered Canada, moved to Toronto and found my stride as a painter. Still true to my colourist roots painting still life and landscapes of the Canadian countryside. Galleries liked my work and began to represent me. As I grew as a painter I began to play with texture. I also began to explore abstractions.
The abstractions were at first fluid geometrics which were a play of color, form & texture. At the same time I was continuing my landscape paintings to meet the demand of my gallery affiliates. Then I fell in love with Tucson and the Sonoran desert. Moving there in 2012 changed my life.
After moving here the work changed. My love of the desert came out in my work. Vibrant sunsets of intense colour became my focus to satisfy those who followed my landscapes and my abstractions became stories of life in the desert. These deconstructed landscapes if you will are vibrant paintings rich in symbol and emotion.
Then in 2019 my husband and I moved to Mexico - San Miguel de Allende. Like Tucson it is the high desert but it is more temperate and offers a better quality of life and freedom for my family and my work. Here I paint glorious colorful stories of life in my colonial city. [...]

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