Day 24: Jeff Christensen
By Sam Reeve
Today’s feature is special because Jeff Christensen was nice enough to answer a few questions I had about his work. I swear I emailed about 15 artists and he’s the only one who I got through to, so he totally rocks!
Sam: I read somewhere that you live in Salt Lake city. Is this current? Do you find that your paintings are influenced by what city/state you live in?
Jeff: Yes, I live in Salt Lake City, Utah. I think my location does have some influence on my painting. There is a large religious aspect to the area and organized religion is something that’s never made sense to me. I was born in Seattle, WA and moved to Helper, Utah when I was 8 yrs old. I’m not Mormon, but I’ve been around it most of my life and I think the culture has a large repressive influence on people’s views on acceptable vs unacceptable artistic expression. That being said, it did have more of an influence on my art during my earlier years as a teenager. I liked doing stuff that made people double take with a look of disgust but at the same time not sure why they’re still looking at it. I still get a kick out of it. And I just like doing the type of stuff I do. I really love living in Utah though; there’s nowhere else I’d rather live.
S: Do you paint full-time?
J: I don’t paint full-time, I wish I did. I have a regular full-time job and I paint in my spare time.
S: I’m particularly fond of your recent piece titled The Hunt. Can you tell me what inspired it and how the idea came about?
J: It was kind of inspired by my own hunting experiences. I like to hunt but I’m not that great at it. I tend to get disillusioned with it when I’m unsuccessful and then I get irritated at all the time I wasted. So the painting is just depicting somewhat of a farcical thing.
S: Who are your favourite artists?
J: Bosch, William Blake, Goya, among others.
S: Do you have any upcoming shows or announcements you want us to know about?
J: I am participating in some group shows next year with brand new works. I can be found on Facebook and deviantart.com where I regularly post new work and updates about upcoming shows for all who are interested in checking out such nonsense, and I always welcome people’s feedback and critiques.