If you don’t know the work of Jeff Legg
, you need to.
I’ve known Jeff for at least 20 years. We met at the Midwest Gathering of the Artists Art Show in Carthage, Mo. I was a participant when Jeff, a visitor, introduced himself and showed me photos of his work. I think, at the time, he owned a bicycle shop in Joplin, MO.
Jeff Legg in his studio in Estes Park, CO
From that first meeting, after seeing his work and considering his talent, I encouraged him to pursue still life painting
And pursue, he has. Today he is recognized as one of the best in the business. Considered a living master by the Oil Painters of America, he’s the recipient of many national awards.
Tatanka Fire – 36″x 36″ – Oil/Canvas
Currently, he is having a solo exhibition at the Astoria Fine Art Gallery
in Jackson Hole, WY. The paintings featured here are some of the works from that show.
Red Eucalyptus & Apricot – 16″x 20″ – Oil/Canvas
Jeff was born in Joplin, MO but now resides in Estes Park, CO.
At age 13 he began a four year mentoring program with Darrel Dishman. Later he studied at Atelier Lack and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Eucalyptus & Melon – 12″x 16″ – Oil/Canvas
In the August 2011 issue of American Art Collector
, Jeff states, “I want to communicate a sense of wonder and mystery about our material world while simultaneously evoking a sense of something that goes beyond the material realm…something…that might resonate deep within a person’s spirit.”
Brass and Mandarin – 12″x 9″ – Oil/Canvas
Among his artistic influences are the great masters, Chardin, Rembrandt, and the Wyeth’s. With a nod to these great artists, fellow artists and collectors worldwide are attracted to Legg’s paintings because of his subject matter and inspired use of chiaroscuro.
Clementine and Brass – 12″x 9″ – Oil/Canvas
Luminous Progression – 12″x 16″ – Oil/Canvas
Verdigris and Red – 11″x 14″ – Oil/Canvas
“For those who have never had an appreciation for still life, I hope this new body of work will change that. Still life can be so many different things; throw away your preconceived ideas. It’s wide open. It taught me how to paint,” says Legg.
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