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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