Jeff Legg

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Min­i­mal­is­tic beauty

For a still life artist, half of the fun is find­ing the right mix of items to paint. They need to be in­ter­est­ing and in­di­vid­ual, yet con­nected enough to make an ap­peal­ing compositio­n. And, ac­cord­ing to artist Jeff Legg, when you min­i­mize them down to just a few ob­jects, it be­comes even more chal­leng­ing be­cause you still have to make the paint­ing beau­ti­ful. Those hand­ful of ob­jects should have col­ors that flow and be a strong mix of items.

For Legg’s July ex­hi­bi­tion at As­to­ria Fine Art, he will be pre­sent­ing his more pared down com­po­si­tions, where a few items take cen­ter stage, such as Catch of the Day. In the paint­ing, he has a sil­ver pan, a fish, a few onions and a cloth—the fish is sprawled cross the pan, their col­ors mim­ick­ing one an­other, yet pro­vid­ing a nice con­trast. “I love to paint fish. I love the shiny scales and the won­der­ful, sub­tle color shifts,” he says. “I’m in love with tex­ture and form, so any­time I can use those to my ad­van­tage in a paint­ing I do. [In this work] there are sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the tex­tures in the fish and pan, but there are dif­fer­ences and that can be in­ter­est­ing.”

An­other one of the paint­ings in the show,

Can­taloupe with Blue & White, is a min­i­mal in sub­jects, but also fo­cuses on the vi­gnette style that Legg uses in some of his works. “The idea for me do­ing that is I have sort of an ab­stract qual­ity to the paint­ing in the back­ground,” he says. “These ar­eas of the paint­ing are a very nice foil for the re­al­ism and it also adds some in­ter­est­ing shapes and adds an el­e­ment of mys­tery to the paint­ing. It lets the viewer maybe fill in some of the blanks.”

Legg’s ex­hi­bi­tion at the Jack­son Hole, Wy­oming-based gallery will run July 11 to 20.

For a direct link to the ex­hibit­ing gallery go to www.west­ernart­col­lec­

Jeff Legg in his stu­dio with Butch.

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