oliver jeffers

Damn. How did I miss this? ‘For All We Know’, an exhibition by American artist Oliver Jeffers just came down from the walls at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery {NYC} on February 16th. I love everything Oliver does – from his oil paintings to his absolutely fantastic kids books – and this show is no exception. Here is a description of this latest body of work:

“This series of paintings illuminate a dream-like nocturnal world populated by astronauts, deep-sea divers, sinking ships, floating pianos, and burning matches. Omnipresent throughout are the night sky and the ocean – the two great and unknown frontiers – glittered with the imaginary lines that create constellations, serving in this case as a mysterious key to unlock our world … Jeffers’ work follows the logic of dreams, of symbolic objects coming into relation with each other, and of the feelings that these objects hold. At the center are the themes of perspective and connectedness: the Earth as seen from the Moon, the stars as they appear from the face of the Earth, our minuscule presence in the greater universe, and how we relate to it all. The existential loneliness of the astronaut in Lost At Space, or of the deep-sea diver peering through his helmet in The Rescue, is portrayed in sensuous twilight shades. These recurring characters are seen together in A Break with the Unknown, sharing a cup of tea that neither can drink, watching the same bonfire reflected in their masks but seeing different things. Throughout this new collection, Jeffers looks at how humankind has always attempted to make sense out of chaos, has always made connections between himself and everything else. These connections, both real and imagined, suggest we are no more than the stories we tell, and the stories we are told. Stories that are brightly vivid, but all too brief.”

Beautiful. ps. Here are a few photos from the show… that I missed!?

comments (5)

  1. Ann /// 02.19.2019 /// 2:15pm

    Dang, I just love all his work!

  2. the jealous curator /// 02.19.2019 /// 6:00pm


  3. Sainte /// 02.23.2019 /// 2:53am

    Thanks for the introduction to Oliver Jeffers work, Jealous Curator. I’m his new biggest fan(?) That just never sounds right when rereading. I think of fans as being stupid little things that’ll wait for hours to catch a glimpse and scream from exhilaration at that glimpse. Never mind. Yelp, his newest fan.

  4. Holly /// 03.11.2019 /// 9:11am

    Wow, such cool work. I do not comment often here enough, but I’m glad you share these amazing artists with me – thank you!

  5. the jealous curator /// 03.11.2019 /// 7:37pm

    my pleasure, holly! : )

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