25 x35 cms
Acrylic on MDF
Born 1949 in
Newcastle he worked as a raw materials analyst for Rohm & Haas
at Jarrow before studying art at St.Martin's School of Art , Maidstone
College of Art and The Slade post graduate studies. He was awarded
a Boise Travel Scholarship and completed the Cheltenham Fellowship
Jeff Dellow has been based in London and has been painting for over
thirty years. He worked at Greenwich Studios from 1977 until it
disbanded then moved to the Deptford site of APT in 1995.
After working at many art schools part time, he became Head of Painting
at Humberside in 1987 then took up his current post as Principal
Lecturer in Fine Art, at Kingston University in 1988. He was an
Athena Award prizewinner in 1988 and exhibited in the John Mores
1976,1989,1991(small prize). He has exhibited at the Hayward Gallery
and been in Whitechapel Open also showing work in Europe USA and
Africa. He completed an International Academic Exchange with Grand
Valley State University, Michigan in 1996 and curated Critical Faculty
a reciprocal exhibition representing the diversity of practice of
staff at Kingston and GVSU.
Whilst his main
concerns are with colour and evocative experience, he is involved
in exploring and moving through territories of seeing and making,
toward the gain of understanding and feeling.
2004 I exhibited work in a solo show called 'Beyond Surface-the
sublime picture show'. At the time, I was interested in bringing
the virtual space of computer imaging back into the physicality
of painting. I found that technology could be employed to enrich
the potential of painting in supplying a contemplative space for
the viewer to celebrate the visual world. This exhibition also dealt
with my preoccupation with the everyday experience of seeing: a
meeting point of how we perceive space and materiality.
seems to me, a medium for active interpretation of what is shown
and what is implied. Like other visual experiences in life, they
may stimulate a sense in the viewer of calm, awe or even threat.
In every aspect of life we have to read situations and make an appropriate
response. We have to be able to use an instinctive awareness of
our environment to survive.
There is a fascinating solidarity about painting, as a method of
communication between artist and viewer; something that is good
for the painter may be good for others. It seems to me that to combine
a way of seeing, with the process of making can lead to a relationship
between the artist and audience."