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Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Jeff Sylvester first began his art career over twenty years ago after graduating with graphic design from MacEwan University. Sylvester’s work can be seen in private and corporate collections all across Canada and US.
Through an intricate process of layering thick coats of clear epoxy between paint on wood panel, Jeff Sylvester is able to create dynamic compositions that move and shift with the changing light throughout the day.
Using haunting motifs of communication and aircraft towers, Sylvester's paintings explore the integration of technology found in natural landscapes.
Sum of Its Parts - Artist’s Statement
The common element in this body of work, whether subtly or entirely featured on their own, are the groupings of birds. They make their way across the sky as one cohesive unit, morphing into seemingly choreographed shapes and patterns. These mumurations symbolize our sense of community and the ability to become more than our own individual sums; to work and transform as a group.
Placing these groups of birds in direct relation to communication towers creates an alternative or underlying narrative that speaks to group behaviour in the context of social media. The space between a community that works together to achieve some collective benefit and a community that works to move and direct you to an ideology that isn’t necessarily based on your own beliefs, continues to become less and less open.
Most of the landscapes that create a space for these birds to exist, whether it’s rural, urban or suburban, are typical to Edmonton and Alberta as a whole, but easily have a personal familiarity to anyone outside our province.
A process of layering acrylic and clear epoxy on birch panels imparts these scenarios with a shimmering, multi dimensional appearance.
Born on 1973 in Edmonton, AB. Nationality is Canadian
1993 MacEwan University, Environmental Graphic Design
2019 JOY, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2019 Summer Group Show, Blue Crow Gallery, Toronto, ON
2019 Sum of Its Parts (Solo), The Front Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2018 The Great War - 100 Years After WWI (group), Helikon Gallery, Denver, CO
2018 Occupied People (Group), The Front Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2018 For Position Only, John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2017 MUSES OF MOUNT HELIKON V (group), Helikon Gallery, Denver, CO
2017 Signals (Solo), The Front Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2016 Salon Series featuring Peter Doig, The Front Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2015 Kit and Caboodle (group), Parade Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2015 Neck of the Woods (solo), The Front Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2015 Cross-Section (group show), The Front Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2013 The Fine Art of Schmoozy (group fundraiser), Latitude 53, Edmonton, AB
2013 Community (solo), The Front Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2011 12x12 Show (group), The Front Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2011 The Fine Art of Schmoozy (group fundraiser), Latitude 53, Edmonton, AB
2011 Natural Habitat (solo), The Front Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2010 Menagerie (group show), Sideshow Gallery
2010 The Fine Art of Schmoozy (group fundraiser), Latitude 53, Edmonton, AB
2010 22 Titanium Annual, Member’s Exhibition & Sale (fundraiser), Harcourt House
2009 A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That (group show), Sideshow Gallery
2009 Notebook Magazine (fundraiser)
2008 53 ways to leave your lover (fundraiser), Latitude 53, Edmonton, AB
2008 cock fight (group show), The Artery
2008 new works (solo), The Front Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2005 new works (solo), The Front Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2002 Valentine show (group), The Front Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2002 new works, The Front Gallery (solo), Edmonton, AB
2001 new works, Sugar Bowl (solo)
2000 The Edmonton Works Festival
1999 new works, Cafe Mosaics (solo)
1999 new works, Sugar Bowl (solo)
1998 new works, Cafe Mosaics (solo)
1997 new works (solo), Cafe Mosaics
1995 new works (group), Sugar Bowl
2019 Galleries West
2019 Edmonton Journal
2017 Good Reading Copy
2017 Edmonton Journal
2017 Vue Weekly
2015 Edmonton Journal
2013 Edmonton Journal
2013 Where Magazine
2011 CBC Edmonton - Weekend Pick
2009 Notebook Magazine
2009 Notebook Magazine
2008 Vue Magazine
2005 Edmonton Journal
2005 See Magazine
1999 See Magazine