Jeff Ferst

Jeff Ferst

"A canvas may reflect both my memories of locations I have visited and my emotions on the day that the piece is painted. There is a strong subconscious element to this work, with an image taking on a life of its own. These paintings are personal, expressive, and musical, with their vibrant palettes and tactile, textural use of oil paint."

Jeff Ferst has a keen interest in the Sonoran desert and nature in general. His work draws on the essence of traditional landscape painting--an encounter with nature--and combines it with his own emotional reactions. The result is physical reality and feelings intertwined. Some of his paintings are more recognizable as landscapes, while others follow a different path and become deconstructed landscapes.

Jeff Ferst's working process is a direct one, usually with no preliminary drawing. After the initial choice of a painting's base color and structure, the shapes change as each hue is applied using a palette knife and other tools. A canvas will develop as a spontaneous, free-flowing conversation between the artist and the painting, with the completed work the result of a very organic process. The artist encourages viewers to make their own connections to the work, and to interpret it for themselves based on their own experiences and emotions.

Jeff Ferst was born in the Bronx in New York City in 1955. As a child, he was involved in drawing and painting, and through his mother was exposed to art in New York's museums. Ferst went on to graduate from New York University in 1976 with a degree in printmaking, specializing in serigraphs. After a period of time, Ferst picked up painting again and has developed his craft further through life experience.

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Colorful Mountains
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 800
$ 680
SOLD
Starlight III by Jeff  Ferst (Oil Painting)
Starlight III
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
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SOLD
The Vineyard by Jeff  Ferst (Oil Painting)
The Vineyard
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
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La Parroquia
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 1,000
$ 850
A New Dawn
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 9,000
$ 7,650
Desert Canyon
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 400
$ 340
Wildflowers
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 400
$ 340
San Miguel Streetscape
Oil & Pastel Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 1,200
$ 1,020
View From the Foothills
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 4,100
$ 3,485
Three Figs
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 300
$ 255
Monsoon Morning III
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 800
$ 680
Down the Rabbit Hole
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Walking on a Cloud
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 4,050
$ 3,442.50
Summer Glory II
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
A Distant Rain
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 5,350
$ 4,547.50
Rainbow Clouds
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 4,800
$ 4,080
The Good Life
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 4,100
$ 3,485
Fresh & Fragrant
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 750
$ 637.50
Song for Arizona
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 4,700
$ 3,995
Desert Splendours
Mixed-Media Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 4,100
$ 3,485
Botanica
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 5,450
$ 4,632.50
Canyon Calling
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Flower Power
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 1,000
$ 850
Tucson Landscape
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 1,000
$ 850
The Catalinas at Dusk
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 750
$ 637.50
SOLD
Look West & Wonder by Jeff  Ferst (Oil Painting)
Look West & Wonder
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
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Desert Jambalaya
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 5,200
$ 4,420
Twilight
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 750
$ 637.50
Symphony in the Sky
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 3,400
$ 2,890
A Brilliant Sky
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 1,300
$ 1,105
Echoes from the Past
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 4,800
$ 4,080
As Evening Approaches
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 1,700
$ 1,445
Village Grove
Oil Painting

by Jeff Ferst
$ 3,000
$ 2,550
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Roots, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, Saint John Art Centre, 2009
Painting on the Edge, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, 2009
Toronto Art Expo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Toronto Convention Centre, 2010
Desert Abstractions, Tucson, AZ, USA, Old Town Artisans, 2013
Art for Contemporary Desert Living, Tucson, AZ, USA, Content Interiors, 2013
Landscapes & Abstractions, Tucson, AZ , Artful Living Gallery & Studio, 2016
Collections
CIGI, Seagram Museum, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 2007
Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Cambridge, Cambridge,Ontario, Canada, 2005
Nesbitt Burns, Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2009