Oil on Acrylic
Born in Chicago, Jeffrey Nemeroff was raised near Los Angeles where he began studying art at an early age. After obtaining a BFA in art and design, he became the art director of Architectural Digest magazine where he was the creative lead for many years. While at the magazine Nemeroff continued his fine art education at Otis in Los Angeles and began exhibiting his work. He has been included in various exhibitions in both the United States and Asia, including the Asian Art Museum in Fukuoka, Japan, and a solo exhibition at Neuhoff Gallery in New York’s famous Fuller Building. His work can be found in collections throughout Los Angeles, New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Atlanta, Palm Springs, Seattle, Europe and the Middle East. Nemeroff currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.
My fascination with using string began several years ago while working on a series of figure paintings. I became engrossed in the accidental forms that were created, so I began to investigate its use on abstracts—challenging myself to establish a composition from the purposeful disorganization. Using various fibers and deconstructed canvas much like a drawing implement, I develop primarily unmethodical forms over an acrylic ground. Fabric, wallpaper, silver leaf or found objects might also be integrated into the work, which is finished using a more classical oil painting technique—multiple layers of glazes and oil—allowing the image to slowly emerge from the chaos. The result is an interesting dichotomy between mass-produced and natural elements, and the organic nature of the composition itself.