JEFF FAUST, paintings

March 2 - March 23, 2018

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CODA GALLERY PRESENTS
PAINTINGS BY JEFF FAUST

MAR 2 - 23, 2018


PALM DESERT, CA — CODA Gallery unveils a new exhibition of paintings by Jeff Faust, running March 2-23. The artist from Claremont will attend an opening reception on March 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with El Paseo Art Walk/Palm Desert First Weekend.

Rowboats floating in the sky, drifting leaves, puffy clouds, collections of objects (sometimes including clouds) casting shadows in wall niches, and the mysteriousness of shiny spheres recur in Jeff Faust’s work, which he labels “subtle surrealism.”

“I paint things that I want to see happen but can’t in real life. I find gentle twists on reality comforting,” he says. “I have been painting since I was in grade school. My work was big, bold, and graphic sometimes. But at an early age, this [subtle surrealism] approach appeared. I was searching. I never had anyone tell me how to paint, which is the way I wanted it.”

Having grown up in the Southern California city of Claremont, immediately after graduating from high school, Jeff spent three months in England and then ventured around the United States. “In Portland, Oregon, I saw an ad for a carnival that needed help. I hooked up with a fellow who had a traveling go-kart concession and stayed with him for four years, traveling to state and county fairs and supermarket openings. It is a fascinating life when you are 18,” he says. But he continued his pursuit of art. “My folks would send my art supplies to me by Greyhound bus,” he recalls.

After returning to Claremont, Jeff met and married Jan. For 20 years, they lived in the Bay Area, but eventually returned to Claremont, where Jeff works from his home studio. “It doesn’t take much to spark an idea,” he says. “I have always been a walker and generally try to get in a couple of walks a day. I can pick up a twig or leaf and get ideas for paintings. I am bummed that I don’t have another 17 lifetimes to do some of the pieces I would like to do.”

Among recurring elements are bird’s nests, sometimes in precarious placement — a combination that represents both security and the fragility of life. When Jeff and Jan lived in the bayfront town of Sausalito, boats entered into his catalog of items that he likes “to assemble.” But his approach places them aloft, above the waves, and sometimes with sails made of feathers. “I love what it can mean for a lot of people,” he says of the visual that can be interpreted in endless ways.

In another twist on an ocean scene, his painting titled The Traveler shows an urn-potted tree in the water, land in sight, as though it was searching for promising ground. “It is a wonderful concept to me that a tree has been roaming the globe at sea,” Jeff says. “Even though I am not that interested in poems, I like to think of my work as poetic.”

 

Tres Plumas Blancas Tres Plumas Blancas
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 inches
 
Somewhere_ a Moonrise Somewhere, a Moonrise
Acrylic on canvas
84 x 48 inches
 
The Traveler The Traveler
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 inches
 
A Part of the Journey A Part of the Journey
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 60 inches
SOLD
 
Above the Sea Above the Sea
Acrylic on canvas
72 x 58 inches
SOLD
 
Flooding the Altar Flooding the Altar
Acrylic on wood, repurposed found objects
50 x 69 x 16 inches
 
Song of the Coast Song of the Coast
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 inches
 
In the Wind In the Wind
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 inches
 
Arrangement for a Fine Day Arrangement for a Fine Day
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 inches
 
The Cloud Cage The Cloud Cage
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 36 inches
 
The Outer Planets II The Outer Planets II
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 30 inches
 
Silent Poem Two Silent Poem Two
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 24 inches
SOLD