Sturdy Materials: Art by Jeff Grassie
Jeff Grassie is a self-taught artist who works in a wide range of media and styles. His recent pieces often feature earthy colors and tough, sturdy materials such as wood and metal.
Jeff’s gallery of recent works offers up a good cross-section of the artist’s personal sense of creativity. The works in this gallery are both two and three-dimensional, and often incorporate elements of raw wood. I really like the sculptures that Jeff has displayed in this series – chunks of salvaged wood are polished and celebrated for their natural, imperfect forms, allowing the viewer to examine every detail of the tree’s formation.
Other, two-dimensional works are made from mixed media on board. These pieces are made up of many complex, clustered marks that come together to create a simple, abstract form across a gallery board. The mixed media looks as though it might include wood, stones and metal, adding to the constructed aesthetic of an antique machine or ornate piece of furniture.