Jeff White is a visceral artist, connecting with his subject matter through all of his senses. From dimensional shifts through dreams, meditation and long walks, White works to quiet his mind and move past the chaos. He describes it as being in a constant state of unraveling the unknown.
His latest show, TRANSITIONS, stems from White’s own transitions in life. “An understanding hit me one day during a state of paralysis that lasted for a couple of years,” White says. Between his studio building (Portland Towne Storage) being sold and his family moving from their long-time home White felt creatively constrained. “It was like I was wrapped up in a cocoon – I had been working, but not dreaming; existing, but not really living.”
After finally settling down in his new home new studio just outside Portland, White once again had time to breathe and observe. It was then he began to realize he was transitioning into another state of mind with his work. “I now live in a place of beautiful inspiration,” White says “and I feel like I’ve transitioned – that I’m just starting to scratch the surface again with my work.”
TRANSITIONS is now on view at Gallery 903 through the end of the year. Jeff’s soaring landscapes with their perfect mix of movement, memory and emotion truly capture moments of serenity that translate to the viewer.