Jeffrey Simmons is a painter living in Seattle, Washington, USA. He is represented by Greg Kucera Gallery, Inc.
© 2017 Jeffrey Simmons
The reductive imagery of the watercolors from 2000, and the repetitive working method used to achieve it, inspired a related body of paintings realized in acrylic paint. This more viscous material required some modification to the process. Many of these paintings were made using alternating layers of opaque and transparent acrylic emulsion; the impression of hazy atmosphere or soft transitions of value seen in the simple target images often required the application of thirty layers of paint or more.
Subsequent curiosity about the buried layers of paint led to experiments using sandpaper. Red River and Rim both exhibit qualities that are as much the result of paint excavation as application. Rim was the direct precursor to the series of paintings begun in 2004.