I create shaped abstract paintings that function as fragments and are often exhibited as installations where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole.
My current work investigates relations between man-made architectural structure and the natural landscape; questions arise at how these two forces coexist in an urban environment. While both phenomena occur in all environments, I am most interested in the dynamic in a high contrast urban context. The correlation between urban decay and natural beauty (both at the micro and macro level) influence the work. How we interpret beauty and questions about values are addressed.
Jeffrey Hirst has exhibited his work throughout the United States since the early 1990’s. His work has been showcased at national and international venues including the Minneapolis Institute of Art; The Holter Museum, Helena, Montana; McLean Project for the Art, McLean, VA; ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL; McKinney Contemporary, Dallas, TX and Palazzo Dell’ Annunziata, Matera, Italy.
He has been a visiting artist at universities around the United States conducting encaustic and printmaking workshops and has taught encaustic classes at Grand Maris Art Colony in MN, The Encaustic Center in TX, LaGrange Art League in IL, and The 6th International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. Hirst also is the owner of Hirst Printmaking, a Printmaking shop specializing in Intaglio, Screenprinting, and Experimental Approaches towards combining printmaking and encaustic.
Hirst received his MFA from Louisiana State University and BFA from the University of Minnesota. He is a recipient of a 2009 Minnesota State Arts Board grant and his work is in numerous public and private collections including Arcstone Technologies, Grant Thornton International, Great River Energy, Southern Graphics Council, and SAP America.
Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions:
Structural Alterations, (Solo Exhibition), Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2017
Connectivity: the reAssemblages, The Encaustic Center, Richardson, TX, 2013
Remnants, Two Person Exhibition, Traffic Zone Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2011
Urban Fragments-Solo Exhibition, Phipps Center of the Arts, Hudson, WI, 2011
Water & Stones: Solo Exhibition, Reif Center, Grand Rapids, MN, 2010
Pairs and Opposites: Urban Landscape, MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids, MN, 2010
Landings (Up Here), The Independent, Minneapolis, MN, 200
New Material/ Molten Matter, Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, MN, 2007-8
Solo Exhibition-New Paintings, Hudson Hospital, Hudson, WI, 2006
New Encaustic Paintings and Drawings, Normandale College, Bloomington, MN, 2000
Solo Exhibition, Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, MN, 1996
Recent Paintings and Prints, Stevenson Gallery, Southern Oregon State University, Ashland, OR, 1994
M.F.A. Louisiana State University, Printmaking/ Painting, Baton Rouge, LA, 1990
B.F.A. University of Minnesota, Printmaking, Minneapolis, MN, 1988