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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.

The Hunt

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.

5 responses

  1. Beautiful stuff!

    December 26, 2011 at 8:51 am

    • Also awesome that he responded to an interview, you’d think more artists would have been happy to answer some questions about their work.

      December 26, 2011 at 9:01 am

    • Dec19 Hi Jeff,I am Erin’s Uncle. I enjoy ur podcast’s. Alot of fun. I hope u reaizle that if the family gets into some of ur topic’s, u r a dead man walking! U understand right!?! I guess u just enjoy walking near the edge. Of course, i will keep my mouth shut. I am just waiting for the crash and fireball!!!! JK

      May 27, 2012 at 10:56 am

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